Sedgwick Pleased With Clio Debut Despite Race Troubles

Alex Sedgwick has told The Checkered Flag he is pleased overall with the pace and progress he showed over the course of his Renault UK Clio Cup debut at Silverstone, despite troubles in the races not giving him the results he’d hoped for.

Former Ginetta Junior Scholarship winner Sedgwick stunned the paddock in qualifying on his return to the TOCA package, putting his Team Cooksport Clio fifth fastest behind only the drivers currently battling for the outright title.

A fuel pressure problem from the start of the green flag lap meant Sedgwick was unable to challenge in race one though, finishing sixteenth, before a slow launch off the line in race two left him fighting back from the tail of the field to twelfth.

“My pace through practice and qualifying, with the limited experience I’ve had in the car, I really couldn’t be happier. Being the fastest of the newcomers was certainly my target coming into the weekend and I’ve mainly achieved that,” Sedgwick told TCF.

“Being the first non-title contender in qualifying is brilliant, and overall the pace in the races have been good and when I’ve been around people I’ve been able to race well.

“Unfortunately we had the problem with the fuel pressure in the first race, then it was my mistake in race two which put us massively on the back foot.”

The 2015 Renault UK Clio Cup season comes to a close next weekend (10/11 October) around the iconic Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit, and Sedgwick is hoping to be on the grid and battling at the front again.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to confirm our participation at Brands Hatch soon, and take all the positive from this weekend there,” Sedgwick concluded.

“Brands GP was a circuit I went really well at last season in the Ginetta’s, taking one of my best finishes of the year, so hopefully we’ll be able to match that in the Clios and build on to next year.”