Stefan Hodgetts made it four podiums in four races with Scuderia Vittoria after taking second and third place finishes in the latest rounds of the AirAsia Renault UK Clio Cup at Snetterton.
Hodgetts, recently announced as a member of the KX Akademy, was looking to continue his impressive form that saw him pick up two victories on his return to the series at Croft last time out.
Starting sixth for the opening race, Hodgetts surged into third place on the opening lap and looked to challenge the top two, however contact with Jack Goff on lap five dropped him to fifth. Just as the race looked settled for Hodgetts, contact between Goff and his team-mate Adam Bonham promoted Hodgetts to another podium in third.
“I made a good start from sixth on the grid and managed to get up to fourth by the end of the first lap. There was a bit of chaos here and there but I’m delighted to able to bring the car home in third position for Scuderia Vittoria and KX Akademy,” said Hodgetts.
In Sunday’s live televised race, Hodgetts started third and another good start saw him leapfrog Goff into second. Hot on reigning champion Paul Rivett’s heels, Hodgetts looked to challenge for the lead, but couldn’t get past and settled for his fourth podium of the season in second.
“It became a race between myself and Paul Rivett as we pulled away from the rest of the pack, unfortunately for me Paul didn’t put a foot wrong the whole race. I still think that our performance over the last two race meetings have been mega, so I’m feeling extremely confident ahead of Rockingham as it is a track that I know very well,” he added.
It proved to be a mixed weekend for Hodgett’s One Call Insurance-backed team-mates Vic Covey, Finlay Crocker and Ronnie Klos.
2008 Scottish Mini Series Champion Covey had a great first race, progressing from fourteenth to secure his fifth top ten finish of the season, before following that up with an eleventh place finish in race two to cement his tenth place in the championship standings.
Crocker would have a testing opening race, getting up to seventeenth early on before an error at Montreal dropped the rookie back to his starting position of 21st, before contact with Mark Tilbury eventually ended his race. The second race went much better, Crocker working his way through from 20th to 12th to secure the Masters Cup honours.
A strong opening race for Klos, where he worked his way up to 20th early on and held the position until the end, was followed up by a frustrating second encounter. A great early run saw him carve his way up from 23rd to 17th, however it all ended on lap five when an altercation with Nicolas Hamilton ended his race.
Scuderia Vittoria Director Danny Buxton commented: “We can’t be unhappy with the two podiums from Stefan, a third and a second could of easily been two wins from him on another day. We’ve now had four podiums in four races from Stefan, if the season had of begun at Oulton Park then he would be leading the championship now, so I’m extremely pleased with the progress that is being made.
“We’re feeling extremely positive looking ahead to Rockingham, I think that the team as a whole is moving in the right direction, I’m very proud of all the new drivers and the performances that they are currently displaying, I think that we can really push on now in the second half of the season.”