Renault Launch 2013 Season With Media Day


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:

Position Driver Team Time Gap
1 Aaron Williamson Team AWR 1:05.847
2 James Colburn Westbourne Motorsport 1:05.866 +0.019
3 Jake Giddings FML 1:05.885 +0.038
4 Mike Bushell Westbourne Motorsport 1:05.956 +0.109
5 Josh Cook JHR 1:05.976 +0.129
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

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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:

Position Driver Team Time Gap
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
6 Jake Cook Hillspeed 56.617 +0.487
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
10 Matt Rao Hillspeed 57.005 +0.875
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