Renault UK Clio Cup

Dixon And TCR Continue Podium Streak At Silverstone

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James Dixon made it three podium finishes in four races during a superb meeting in the AirAsia Renault Clio Cup UK at Silverstone.

Running with Total Control Racing, Dixon took a hard fought fourth place in the opening race of the penultimate meeting of the season, before going one better in race two to secure his fourth podium of the season.

Team-mate Rob Smith had one of the best weekends of his maiden season, matching his career-best result of ninth in the opening race, before finishing fourteenth in race two.

Nicolas Hamilton had no such joy though, a strong fourteenth place on the grid for race one ending in a nineteenth place finish after contact, before he was forced to retire on the opening lap of race two after being collected when avoiding a spinning car ahead.

It’s great to have James on the podium again but we were really disappointed he didn’t get his second place back in qualifying”, commented team boss Lee Brookes, “We couldn’t see what he’d done wrong at all but it’s one of those things, you have to accept the decisions. We felt we had the pace to win had he started on the front row, still two good results though.

“Rob has really come on strong, he put together a brilliant drive in the first race and had a fantastic start – plus he was a tenth of a second quicker than James which shows how much he’s improved. Nic had an unfortunate weekend, he is moving forward and getting better and better but the results just haven’t shown it this year. He’s had terrible luck but hopefully Brands will be good to him.”

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