Front-running Renault UK Clio Cup squads Team Pyro and SV Racing ‘officially’ broke cover with their new fourth-generation Clio race cars at Donington Park last Friday (7th February).
Reigning driver and team champions Pyro were in action with their 2013 UK and Eurocup Clio title winner Josh Files, as well as new 2014 signing Rob Smith, the latter relishing his first proper experience of the new car.
“Friday was a really positive start, we had the chance to run in both wet and dry conditions and racked up some decent mileage too which helped me get a feel for the car,” said Smith. “On first impressions, the new Clio feels much more advanced and up to date, a big step forward from the old car. It’s a really enjoyable car to drive as well, so I’m looking forward to getting back out in it already!”
SV Racing meanwhile ran their KX Akademy-backed new signing Ash Hand, and team principal Danny Buxton was happy with the mileage the team got on their new chassis’.
“It was a great day, really encouraging, and we managed to put plenty of miles on two chassis,” said Buxton. “With it being wet and dry, we managed to get a full programme of running done which was great and just what we wanted.
“Friday was our second day out and, to be fair, the car has run faultlessly with no mechanical problems at all, the crew has been really encouraged. Ash is getting a real feel for the car now, he had a great end to the season last year and I really do think he’s going to be very strong this year.”