22/10/2018

Warr targeting top ten on Clio Cup return in 2019

Luke Warr believes “a top ten result or two” is possible for his tiny BLG Racing team in 2019 as it starts to make plans already for a second consecutive season in the Renault UK Clio Cup.
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Warr ended the 2018 season mixing it with the mid-field having been some way adrift of the pace when he made his debut at Donington Park’s rounds back in April.

“It showed just how much progress we made,” said the Sudbury racer. “We were seven seconds off when we started but at Rockingham that was down to 1.3s and dicing with drivers who often are close to the top ten.

“We are only a small team – our background was Ssangyong pick-up trucks and I don’t even have any front-wheel-drive experience on the road.

“But results we’ve found are very achievable in the Clio Cup – we’ve never felt like were at any big disadvantage and, besides, it doesn’t suit everyone to be with a larger team.

“Also, the cars are great fun to drive but, really importantly, they are very reliable. Renault make the pole lap data available, as well, and provide some really valuable advice and technical support behind the scenes. That goes a long way…

“The plan was always to learn in 2018 for 2019. With some testing before next season I think we can be regularly mid-grid and knocking on the door of a top ten or two.”

Warr says being on the Clio Cup grid is not just raising his and the BLG team’s profiles but having benefits elsewhere.

He added: “First of all, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. You always feel like you are part of a big event, a big occasion. It’s actually quite a surreal experience to have watched it live on ITV for years and then be a part of it.

“But it’s also taught us how to raise our game. The quality of the other teams and drivers doing it… I’m also learning tricks and techniques all the time. You can see why a couple of seasons in Clio Cup makes drivers a lot more complete.”