Renault UK got their 2013 season underway with its annual “Media Day” at Silverstone, including the official pre-season test for the Renault UK Clio Cup and Protyre Formula Renault Championship.
The test around Silverstone’s National circuit was the first opportunity for the Clio teams and drivers to size up their competition ahead of the new season, while also giving them a chance to acclimatise themselves more with their new Dunlop tyres for 2013.
Coping best with cold, overcast conditions was series returnee Aaron Williamson, who was quickest from a reduced field, with top teams Scuderia Vittoria and Team Pyro amongst those missing on the day.
Official Combined Renault UK Clio Cup Times:
|1||Aaron Williamson||Team AWR||1:05.847|
|2||James Colburn||Westbourne Motorsport||1:05.866||+0.019|
|4||Mike Bushell||Westbourne Motorsport||1:05.956||+0.109|
|6||Rob Smith||Total Control Racing||1:05.981||+0.134|
|7||Ignas Gelzinis||Juta Racing||1:06.092||+0.245|
|8||Jordan Stilp||Westbourne Motorsport||1:06.110||+0.263|
|9||Graham Field||20Ten Racing||1:07.845||+1.998|
The test also gave the Formula Renault competitors the chance to compare times on new tyres, with Michelin introducing a new compound for the season. In a truly international field, it was Mexican Jorge Cevallos who emerged on top.
Official Combined Protyre Formula Renault Championship Times:
|1||Jorge Cevallos||MGR Motorsport||56.130|
|2||Chris Middlehurst||MGR Motorsport||56.457||+0.327|
|3||Diego Menchaca||Jamun Racing||56.462||+0.332|
|4||Matias Galetto||Mtech Lite||56.534||+0.404|
|5||Henrique Baptista||Scorpio Motorsport||56.582||+0.452|
|7||Shahan Sarkissian||Mtech Lite||56.751||+0.621|
|8||Weiron Tan||Fortec Motorsport||56.844||+0.714|
|9||Joe Ghanem||Mtech Lite||56.868||+0.738|
|11||Matteo Ferrer||MGR Motorsport||57.247||+1.117|
|12||Piers Hickin||Core Motorsport||57.451||+1.321|
|13||Shaun Tong||Fortec Motorsport||57.537||+1.406|
|14||Ed Brand||Mtech Lite||57.653||+1.523|
|15||Sam McLeod||Fortec Motorsport||57.769||+1.639|
|16||Pietro Fittipaldi||Jamun Racing||58.721||+2.591|