Renault UK Clio Cup

Wet weather masterclass by Lidsey as he put poor qualifying behind him

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Brett Lidsey Clio Cup
Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Despite starting virtually last in both Renault UK Clio Cup races at Snetterton, Brett Lidsey capitalised on the wet conditions and misfortune of others to score points.

Having not raced at Snetterton for four years, the MRM Racing driver was buoyed by a recent test at Snetterton where he was setting top ten times just over half a second outside of the top four.

However, this pace wasn’t to continue as an off track excursion meant that his qualifying was curtailed and he was to start race one twenty-second and race two stone dead last in twenty-third.

A clean start in treacherous conditions for race one saw Brett gain nine places on the opening lap. Working his way slowly into the top ten, a battle with championship leader Max Coates sadly saw Brett drop to eleventh.

Outbraking himself into the Wilson Hairpin, the MRM Clio lost three places but this didn’t deter the driver from Northfleet as he managed to pick off one rival to end the first race in thirteenth. He also set the sixth fastest lap of the race along the way.

Wet conditions greeted the start of the second race too and starting last on the grid, Brett would have to work hard to repeat his first race heroics.

This he duly delivered as another demon start jumped Lidsey to sixteenth come the end of the opening lap. Moves on Aaron Thompson, Ben Colburn and Sam Osborne promoted Brett to fifteenth and this is where he finished to score another point.

“We had two busy races this weekend, starting at the back for both it was all about damage limitation – I’m really pleased with the results.” Reflected the MRM driver after the weekend,

“Everyone was clattering into each other, as usual, so I just had to pick my moments and be a bit careful too.

“I had nothing to lose, whatever the conditions, but I had to be sensible out there as well as it was so greasy. The car has been working really well this weekend, we were quick in the dry in testing and it was only the off in qualifying that meant we weren’t in the top 10 for the races.

“Considering we haven’t tested in the wet, I’m really happy with the pace and performance in both races.”



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