Preview: 2018 Renault UK Clio Cup – Rockingham


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Rockingham hosts rounds thirteen and fourteen of the 2018 Renault UK Clio Cup and also a continuation of a title battle which has kept fans of this one-make series right on the edge of their seats.

Whilst the title battle has been a relative three horse race for most of the season, Daniel Rowbottom in fourth is now only seventy points off from first with one hundred and sixty-eight points still available from the rest of the season.

The D.R.M. man took the first victory of his Clio Cup career last time out at Snetterton and he has confidence in himself that he’s able to narrow the gap to the top.

Rowbottom however will have to hope that the three ahead of him fall foul of bad luck. Much like the luck seen by Paul Rivett in the second Snetterton race.

Rivett’s non-points scoring finish in that race still sees the Clio Cup veteran in second on the table. However, he has dropped twenty-seven points behind Max Coates in the lead. Whilst that is not a total disaster, Paul cannot have another poor race like that because he already has one retirement that he could use for a drop score.

Max Coates has been the man to beat since James Dorlin’s five race win streak came to an end. An eleventh place at Snetterton finally gave him a worthwhile drop score and if he’s to keep up his own winning momentum, the North Yorkshireman should be favourite for this title.

Dorlin may be thirty points behind Coates in first. But, he is finally showing his pace again following a few weekends of anonymity compared to his earlier form. James had a poor Rockingham round last year so he’ll be hoping he can mix it up front.

Despite it seeming that only four can take this Clio Cup title, 2018 has been incredibly open and there are still a few names who can take overall honours at the end of the year. But it’ll be a long shot.

Matrix Motorsport driver Michael Epps who scored his first Clio Cup podium at Snetterton, Team Pyro’s Bradley Burns who made a welcome return to the podium in the first race in Norfolk. Also Jack McCarthy, and Zak Fulk still have an outsiders chance.

Even James Colburn and Dan Zelos in ninth and tenth still have an opportunity to win the title. However, all these drivers must have a fantastic weekend at Rockingham to be able to pull it off.

Lee Pattison who currently lies fifth in the standings is to miss the action this weekend.

Jack Young and Nick Reeve who made their Clio Cup début last time out impressed massively and they can only get better as they continue to race in the championship.

Qualifying for the Clio Cup takes place on Saturday at 11:20 with the first race taking place on the same day at 16:10. Sunday hosts the second race at 13:30. Highlights and live action will undoubtedly be shown on ITV4 over the weekend.