UK: Jonathan Fildes Thruxton preview

NOTHING LESS THAN THRUXTON VICTORY WILL SATISFY FILDES Irishman Jonathan Fildes will be gunning for nothing less than race victory at Thruxton next weekend, 5th/6th May, when the third round of the 2007 ELF Renault Clio Cup takes place at the ...

NOTHING LESS THAN THRUXTON VICTORY WILL SATISFY FILDES

Irishman Jonathan Fildes will be gunning for nothing less than race victory at Thruxton next weekend, 5th/6th May, when the third round of the 2007 ELF Renault Clio Cup takes place at the ultra-fast Hampshire venue.

With the opening two race meetings of the season having been nothing short of a disaster for the Total Control Racing ace after being eliminated from both encounters through no fault of his own, Jonathan is hoping to begin scoring points at Thruxton and turn around a campaign which should rightfully see him in the thick of the title battle.

During the Co. Meath driver's championship winning ELF Renault Clio Cup season in 2003, he climbed onto the Thruxton podium during the fifth round of the year and is confident he can replicate the same level of performance next weekend.

"We've got to go out, drive our own race and hope we have better fortune than during the first two rounds", said the Applied Signs & Display, Asgard Taverns, Atari Expo and Barry Evans Plastics-backed star, "The Thruxton test a couple of weeks ago was grand so we know we'll be quick.

"But as we already know from the first two events at Brands Hatch and Rockingham, you can prepare as well as you like but it can count for nothing if you get caught-up in other people's problems during the qualification races."

With 32 points available for a race win in the Sunday encounter at each event, and with an additional two points up for grabs for setting the fastest race lap, Jonathan is aiming for a maximum score at Thruxton to kick-start his championship campaign.

"It's very frustrating and annoying for both me and the team because we know we should be arriving at Thruxton next weekend in a strong position in the championship", added the 31-year-old, "We have to remain positive though. I'm going out there to win, that's the sole aim and I know TCR will give me the car capable of doing that."

Round three of the 2007 ELF Renault Clio Cup, which will be broadcast live on cable and digital satellite channel Setanta Sports 2, is scheduled to take place at 14.25 on Sunday, 6th May. Jonathan's Group A qualifying session is timetabled to begin at 13.30 on Saturday, 5th May, with the Group A qualification heat expected to start at 17.40.

-credit: www.jonathanfildes.com

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