JONATHAN RIDLEY-HOLLOWAY -- ROCKINGHAM PREVIEW Barnstaple's Jonathan Ridley-Holloway is fully focused on putting the disappointment of the first race meeting of the 2008 ELF Renault Clio Cup fully behind him at Rockingham in Northamptonshire...
JONATHAN RIDLEY-HOLLOWAY -- ROCKINGHAM PREVIEW
Barnstaple's Jonathan Ridley-Holloway is fully focused on putting the disappointment of the first race meeting of the 2008 ELF Renault Clio Cup fully behind him at Rockingham in Northamptonshire this weekend, 12th/13th April, by securing a brace of deserved top six finishes during the third and fourth rounds of the campaign.
The 23-year-old North Devon racer, the innocent party in an opening lap collision during the first race of the season at Brands Hatch last weekend, intends to wipe the slate clean at Rockingham and produce the true form he is undoubtedly capable of.
Although his A4 Apparel, Bond Oxborough Phillips and PicoPC.co.uk backed car suffered serious damage following the round one accident, Jonathan's Total Control Racing team has worked incredibly hard during the past week to repair the Clio.
With the finishing touches complete, he's actually back at the wheel of the car at his most local venue, Thruxton in Hampshire, today, Monday, 7th April for an official ELF Renault Clio Cup test. Jonathan will then travel to Rockingham for official practice on Friday, 11th April, ahead of rounds three and four of the season at the weekend.
Phlegmatic about the disappointment of the season-opener, Jonathan is chomping at the bit to get back to the form he showed during winter testing when he was regularly one of the front-running drivers.
"I only tested at Rockingham once during the pre-season but it didn't seem too difficult to get to grips with", commented the TCR ace, "I'm not underestimating how tough it will be to qualify well and fight near the front in the races though. That said, I am confident we can be strong and we'll be able to leave Rockingham with a good haul of points.
"It'll be an interesting first lap that's for sure, so many cars running through Turn One of the Oval and then having to filter through the hairpin into the infield. Hopefully we'll be able to qualify strongly and stay out of trouble. I'm confident we can challenge for the top six but as long as we can avoid the problems we had at Brands Hatch I'll be happy."
Jonathan added: "We did have a few niggles with the car at Brands so hopefully we'll be able to get those ironed out today at Thruxton and then head up to Rockingham with increased confidence."
Qualifying for rounds three and four is provisionally expected to take place at 14.45 on Saturday, 12th April. The races will then take place on Sunday, 13th April, at 10.35 and 15.15 respectively. The second of the weekend's encounters is likely to be broadcast live on Freeview, cable and digital satellite channel ITV4 -- check listings for further details.