After seven weeks away, the stars of the 2011 AirAsia Renault Clio Cup UK are getting back on track this weekend when they head to Snetterton, with the Norfolk venue's new '300' layout set to play host to a titanic four way championship fight.
Lumison BlueSquare Data / Colin Stancombe Engineering driver Paul Rivett leads the way heading to Snetterton, the 2002 and 2004 Clio Cup champion emerging on from Croft last time out with a slender advantage at the top, having headed into the weekend level on points with James Dixon.
Total Control Racing's Dixon now sits in third behind Team Pyro's Aron Smith, seven points adrift of Rivett. The Kent-based driver said: “I had a bit of a bad run at Croft, so looking ahead to the Snetterton I am aiming to go out there and claim two pole positions and two race wins. I was very quick there last year, I have been working very hard on my fitness in the summer break and I certainly feel in great condition as the championship battle resumes.”
Also in contention is Westbourne Motorsport's James Colburn, who lies just seventeen points behind the lead in fourth. Looking ahead to the weekend, Colburn commented: “I was quickest in testing at Snetterton earlier in the year so I'm hoping to take that into the race weekend as I look for my first win. The new track layout is a challenge for the Clio as it is quite tight in some areas, but I am sure that the changes will make for some great racing.”
Local interest lies with former BTCC driver Matt Allison, the Norwich based driver heading to Snetterton after a superb performance last time out at Croft, where he won both races. Scuderia Vittoria's Allison added: “I'm feeling very confident coming to my home race. The new track is very technical and should favour experience. It is a very important weekend for me as most of my sponsors are local to me so I hope to get some strong results. Croft was a really positive weekend for us so I'm hoping for similar on local ground.”
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