Croft: Series newsletter 2008-05-30

WATERWORTH MAKES CLIO CUP COMEBACK AT CROFT ROUNDS nine and 10 of the ELF Renault Clio Cup see Neil Waterworth making a return to the grid, three years after his last Clio outing. The 31-year-old, who has raced in the SEAT Cupra Cup in the ...

WATERWORTH MAKES CLIO CUP COMEBACK AT CROFT

ROUNDS nine and 10 of the ELF Renault Clio Cup see Neil Waterworth making a return to the grid, three years after his last Clio outing.

The 31-year-old, who has raced in the SEAT Cupra Cup in the intervening seasons, replaces Jeff Smith at Team Pyro and plans a second appearance later this year.

"I'm really looking forward to it and Croft is one of my favourite circuits," said Neil, who will vacate the seat for Smith's return at the World Series by Renault event next weekend.

"I'm with a good team in Team Pyro and the fact that Ben Winrow is in the lead of the series shows that the car can do it. I'm aiming to be in the top five, but we'll see how it goes.

"I've had one day in the car at Mallory Park but only managed seven dry laps because the weather wasn't great. It's a good little car, although the brakes are a bit sharp and there were a few lock-ups!

"I'm looking at racing a full season in 2009 so I'll be out again later this year, hopefully at Snetterton."

Waterworth finished 9th, 8th and 10th in his three seasons of Clio Cup racing from 2003-2005. His best Clio Cup results at Croft have been sixth place in both 2004 and 2005.

A MINUTE WITH... ROB BOSTON

ROB BOSTON: "The scholarship final was held at Croft so it's the circuit I'm most familiar with. We found a problem with the car at Thruxton after the re-build so hopefully I'll have good pace."

You had a unique route in?

Yes, I won the Double Six Racing scholarship, which is just the most fantastic opportunity. I feel grateful to have been chosen as the winner and given the chance to race.

How's the season going?

Up and down so far, so Croft is a fresh start for me. I came 9th at Brands in tricky conditions then 5th at Rockingham before a major shunt set me back.

New start at your home track?

Yes, I'm from Doncaster so I'll have plenty of support this weekend. There's a group of 15 or 20 people that have come to every race!

What are your season aims?

To make the most of the chance I've been given and get on the podium at least once. I feel more comfortable in the car each time I go out, having only done karting before, so I think that's a realistic target.

WEB VIEW: Full coverage of round eight of the ELF Renault Clio Cup is now available to view on the Renaultsport website. Including commentary from ITV4, the video covers Ben Winrow's sixth victory of the season, superb four-wide racing through the ultra-fast Village corner and a race-long duel between Niki Lanik and Alex MacDowall (above).

- CLIO CUP drivers had the opportunity to take part in a mid-season test at Croft on 23rd April. Four sessions were held, with two dry, one full wet and one partially wet track. Phil Glew was the pace-setter in the wet conditions, while Chris Rice and Alex Mac- Dowall were quickest in the dry. The best lap time was MacDowall's 1min 32.578s (82.63mph).

- ACTION from rounds three and four of the Clio Cup at Rockingham will be shown on Motorsport UK on Tuesday, 10th June. The first airing will be on ITV4 in the early evening, before being repeated late -night on ITV1 and again on ITV4 and Men and Motors. Ben Winrow and Paul Rivett took one win apiece at the Northampton -shire venue.

- THRUXTON saw great racing in rounds seven and eight, with Lea Wood nominated as driver of the day for the first race after coming through from 23rd on the grid to 14th on his return after an accident at Rockingham. In round eight, Paul Rivett took the award after a fine drive to second including a great double pass at Village bend in the early stages.

-credit: renaultsport.co.uk

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Drivers Paul Rivet , Niki Lanik , Lea Wood , Alex MacDowall , Jeff Smith