RIDLEY-HOLLOWAY TAKES EXCELLENT TOP FOUR AT NORDSCHLEIFE
Barnstaple-based Renault Clio Cup racer Jonathan Ridley-Holloway made an outstanding return to action at the world-famous Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany on Friday, 22nd May, the 24-year-old securing a superb top four finish at the daunting 25-kilometre track
Making his first competitive appearance since the final round of the 2008 ELF Renault Clio Cup series at Brands Hatch in Kent last September, the North Devon racer returned to former team Total Control Racing for the one-off outing at the unique and immensely challenging Nordschleife and produced one of the drives of his motor racing career.
Beginning the weekend in great style with the second fastest time in the first qualifying session, Jonathan was unfortunately unable to repeat the performance in session two when he was badly baulked by slower traffic.
The race was contested over a distance of 100km, therefore four lengthy laps of the purpose built, awe-inspiring circuit. Driving beautifully the TCR man took a tremendous fourth place finish to end the Renault Race Festival outing as the second highest placed British driver, just missing out on a coveted podium finish.
Over 40 competitors from across the globe took part in the Clio Cup encounter, which was arranged by Renault Sport Germany as a support race for the Nurburgring Nordschleife 24 Hour event and was witnessed by an incredible 200,000 spectators.
Although a lack of sponsorship has meant Jonathan has been on the racing sidelines this year, he did receive valuable support from local backers Woodford Bridge Country Club and the Spirited Sole Restaurant which enabled him to take part in the weekend's action.
"I want to say a big thank you to the Spirited Sole Restaurant and Woodford Bridge Country Club for making the Nurburgring race possible, it was an absolutely fantastic weekend and to finish fourth in the race was great. I was slightly disappointed as we had the pace to be on the podium but after I got blocked in second qualifying that made things more difficult.
"We had a lot of fun, the Nordschleife is an unbelievable track and it was fantastic to experience the place in race conditions. I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the TCR team again, hopefully we can attract some more sponsorship to enable me to return to racing full time in the near future."
Next on the agenda for Jonathan is participation in a special marathon in Berlin, Germany, this September where he will be raising funds and awareness for the Help for Heroes charity which provides vital support for Britain's wounded servicemen and women. More details about the vital work of the Help for Heroes can be found at www.helpforheroes.org.uk
For specific details of Jonathan's charity bid and how to support his involvement in the marathon, please visit www.justgiving.com/BerlinMarathon2009