Total Control Racing's James Dixon - Photo Credit: Chris Gurton Photography


Total Control Racing remains in contention for winning the 2011 AirAsia Renault Clio Cup UK with James Dixon taking his seventh podium of the season to keep himself within four points of the championship lead, Wednesbury-based TCR hoping to take the title for the first time since 2006.

The weekend's first race saw Dixon have an uneventful affair, getting dropped to sixth on the opening lap and unable to make progress through the field, the Kent-based racer stayed there till the end for valuable points.

Team-mates Nicolas Hamilton and Mark Proctor both enjoyed strong races, with Hamilton lapping impressively on his way to fourteenth, while Proctor took a dominate Masters Cup win in twelfth. 

TCR Team Principal Lee Brookes said: “James wasn't as comfortable with the car in the race as in qualifying so we're looking into the reasons for that and seeing how we can improve things. As we always say, Nic's coming on all the time and he did another great job today. We're very pleased with Mark too, his race was a very big improvement on qualifying.”

Sunday's televised race saw Dixon dive into second on the opening lap and he managed to resist pressure from behind throughout the race to take second for a much needed podium. A great start for Proctor saw him climb into the top twelve and after a race long battle with Masters Cup rival Darren Wilson, he had to settle for second in class and twelfth overall. Hamilton meanwhile took his twelfth points-scoring finish of the season with fourteenth place.

Brooke added: “James did exactly what he needed to by finishing on the podium and the championship there is wide open – we're more determined than ever to try and win back the Clio title. Mark and Nic raced well again, they both had some good battles which is always great to see.”