Sam Randon got behind the wheel of a Renault UK Clio Cup racer for the first time this week with a day’s running at Snetterton with Scuderia Vittoria.
Randon made his car-racing debut in the ‘roadcar’ class of the Michelin Clio Cup Series this season with SWB Motorsport, being a regular podium finisher through the season before taking his first class wins on the final weekend at Brands Hatch.
The 18 year old is now eyeing a progression into the main ‘racecar’ class in 2014, and used the Snetterton test as a chance to get acquainted with the car, under the tutelage of 2012 Clio Cup champion Jack Goff and SV’s Danny Buxton.
Randon completed over one hundred laps of the Snetterton 300 circuit on Wednesday (30 October), showing strong pace over the course of the day.
“I’m really happy with the progress I made and I wasn’t expecting to be that close to the pace,” said Randon. “It was a massive step up compared to the road-going Clio I’m used to. I’ve never driven on slick tyres before. The racing Clio Cup car requires a completely different driving style; because it’s so unforgiving, it requires a more precise and progressive touch.
“SV appeared to be happy with my performance and I’m really chuffed with how well I adapted. A lot is down to the advice I received from Danny (Buxton) and Jack (Goff). Now I need a big push for sponsorship to ensure I’m able to do a full campaign in 2014.”