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Specialized Motorsport looking to three car title attack in 2019 Clio Cup

Specialized Motorsport boss Simon Horrobin believes his team can challenge for the Renault UK Clio Cup title in 2019 when it aims to run up to three cars in the championship.
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Horrobin already has an association with leading British Touring Car Championship team Motorbase which he says is having a positive behind-the-scenes effect on his outfit’s plans for 2019.

He added: “Motorbase boss David Bartrum has been giving some very good advice which is helping us to run as smoothly as possible in certain areas.

“After the results we achieved in just half a season in 2018 with Nick Reeve we are confident we can be in a position to go for the title in 2019 – no doubt about it!”

Horrobin revealed he hopes to bring in two team-mates to work with Reeve who, aged just 16, became a revelation when he joined the grid mid-way through 2018.

On his debut at Snetterton he qualified eighth fastest and then set the race’s outright fastest lap. There were also three top-ten finishes inside six races and at Brands Hatch’s season finale there could have been two more but for a heavy accident (when lying tenth).

“When we came in we wanted to be prepared to make sure we did our talking on the track,” added Horrobin.

“Nick is a very exciting young talent and with some decent testing ahead of next season he could be very strong. The plan is to run a couple more fast team-mates so we can be stronger on the data sharing side of things.

“We feel we’ve got a very good handle on these cars and certainly our ability when it comes to set-up of a front-wheel-drive car isn’t in doubt.”

Horrobin is also enthusiastic about the image his team receives from competing in the Clio Cup.

“We’ve come from club level and to us this is like being on the world stage with all the BTCC crowds and live TV on ITV4.

“It’s a very professional and friendly paddock and the technical support in particular – parts supply, advice and data from Renault Sport – is excellent.”