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Bishop Auckland’s Paul Donkin will get what he describes as his “first proper crack” at the Renault UK Clio Cup at his local circuit of Croft next weekend (Sat 27-Sun 28 June) when the popular North Yorkshire circuit hosts the region’s biggest motor sport event of the year – which includes the latest rounds of the Dunlop British Touring car Championship.
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Donkin will join the SV Racing squad whose lead driver Ant Whorton-Eales currently heads the UK Clio Cup points table. He made his Clio Cup debut with SVR in 2014’s final rounds but in torrid weather conditions.

He now sees Croft as his opportunity to make an impression in the Clio Cup which, with its bumper to bumper action, has a glowing reputation for producing the top touring car names of the future – including Yorkshire's Sam Tordoff who will arrive at his home track off the back of his win in the BTCC’s latest round at Oulton Park…

Donkin, already successful in Ariel Atom sportscar racing and who got the racing bug after attending track days for enthusiasts at Croft Circuit, commented: “I’ve only raced rear-wheel-drive cars really before and my first attempt at the Clio Cup – in a front-wheel-drive car – at Brands Hatch didn’t go to plan.

“I see this as my first proper crack at it and feel I’ve got some unfinished business. I’ve always wanted to race in the Clio Cup – the cars are dynamite and it’s the best route into the BTCC. I want to do well at Croft, obviously, but the level of competition in the Clio Cup is at a whole new level to what I’m used to and any track knowledge I have will count for little, so we’ll just see how things unfolds… Going back to SVR was an easy choice as they are such an accommodating bunch of people.”

SVR Team Principal Daniel Buxton added: “It’s fair to say that Paul’s first attempt at the Clio Cup – in fact his first experience of a front-wheel-drive racing car – in the pouring rain on the very demanding Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit with us last year was a real baptism of fire!

“But we are very happy to be working with him again – he is genuinely one of the nicest chaps I’ve ever met in motor sport with a really enthusiastic desire to go racing but also as someone who’s out to enjoy every moment he is on the track.”