Renault UK Clio Cup

Scuderia Vittoria Tastes Podium Joy At Silverstone

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Front-running AirAsia Renault Clio Cup UK outfit Scuderia Vittoria secured their fifth podium of the season during the penultimate rounds of the year at Silverstone.

KX Akademy member Stefan Hodgetts once again led the way for the One Call Insurance-backed team, a superb performance in the opening race seeing him battle his way through from eighth on the grid to finish second, just missing out on taking the race win.

The second encounter saw Hodgetts start sixth and gain a place early on. A successful move on James Dixon saw him take fourth briefly, before a mistake at Luffield saw him run wide and drop down to the bottom of the top ten, eventually finishing eighth.

“I was really pleased with our race one result,” explained Hodgetts. “To come through the field from eighth position on such a competitive circuit shows how hard that everybody has been working at Scuderia Vittoria.”

“The second race didn’t go quite to plan as I think that we had a few issues with the engine, but that’s racing though. I’m looking to bounce back and make a statement at Brands during the final two rounds of the season.”

Team-mate Vic Covey recovered from an edgy start to the opening race to finish thirteenth, before fighting through from a lowly nineteenth on the grid to finish race two fifteenth, the disappointing finish losing Covey some ground in the fight for a top ten championship finish.

“This weekend was a little disappointing for me,” said Covey. “Our pace was good but I think that I need a little bit more luck on my side at Brands Hatch, followed by a little more aggression at the starts.”

“I’m eleven points behind Gelzinis heading to Brands Hatch in two weeks’ time, However, I’m ready to challenge him there on the Grand Prix layout for tenth in the championship standings.”

Masters Cup runner Ronnie Klos finished fifteenth in the opener, one place behind the class victor, while Finlay Crocker was left in a lowly twentieth. The second race went better for him though, Crocker finishing second in class with Klos third, despite the duo being involved in a racing incident with a rival in the opening stages of the race.

“This is the closest that we have been to the pace this weekend,” said Klos. “I think that we have done very well to reach the level that we are currently at, going forward I just need to use the knowledge that I have gained to hook it all up together. I’m looking forward to Brands Hatch and I believe that we can take another step forward in our ambition to push for two top 12 finishes.”

Crocker added, “We showed some good pace this weekend, but on the straights I suffered a weight disadvantage over my counterparts. Race two was a bit unfortunate as I bent the steering in the tussle with Ronnie and Nic Hamilton, so from that point it was just about doing the best that I could under the circumstances. Rubbin’s racin’ though and I’m looking forward to being back out on track in two weeks time.”

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