Michelin Clio Cup Series competitor Brett Lidsey has turned down an opportunity to race in the Renault UK Clio Cup at Brands Hatch to instead make his first racing outing at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend
Lidsey heads to Belgium to compete in the Classic Touring Car Championship, and will tackle the iconic circuit in his regular 2.0 litre third generation Clio racer in the Thunder Invitation Class.
The 23 year old posted four top six results including one podium finish en-route to eighth in the final Clio Series standings this season.
As well as being naturally excited to race at Spa, Lidsey sees the outing as a good opportunity to get more mileage in his Clio ahead of a planned return to the Clio Series next year.
“I did actually have an opportunity to race with SV [Racing] in the Renault UK Clio Cup at Brands Hatch next weekend, but I don’t think I’m ready for that yet,” commented Lidsey.
“Then, this opportunity came up to race in our Clio at Spa so we wanted to take it – I want to get as much seat time as I can and to go to Spa for the first time will be great.
“By 2016 I want to attack the Renault UK Clio Cup, so next year we want to do another year in the Clio Cup Series to prepare for that properly.
“Since moving to 20Ten Racing we’ve been faster and getting better, I don’t want to lose what we’ve built up by being out of the car too long. Spa’s a great chance to have some more track time at a really fantastic circuit.”
Lidsey will be joined on the grid at Spa by fellow Clio Series competitor John Creasey, who will drive his race-converted Paint Perfect Motorsport Clio Renaultsport 197 roadcar.