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Freeparking.co.uk Clio Trophy Team head to Monaco. Renaultsport Clio Trophy Monaco (Non-championship event). Freeparking.co.uk's Rick Pearson and Paul Lomax head to Monaco this weekend to take their places on the grid for the annual Renault ...

Freeparking.co.uk Clio Trophy Team head to Monaco. Renaultsport Clio Trophy Monaco (Non-championship event).

Freeparking.co.uk's Rick Pearson and Paul Lomax head to Monaco this weekend to take their places on the grid for the annual Renault Sport Clio Trophy double header meeting on the streets of the principality.

The awesome Clio V6's are always spectacular on the tight, twisty and challenging street circuit and with the competition as fierce as ever already this season, the third race of the year promises to be a real cracker. While both races are non-championship events without points or prizes awarded, you can be sure each of the thirty drivers will be ready to showcase their talents when they take to the track immediately before the Monaco F1 Grand prix.

Both Pearson and Lomax upped the ante last time out at Silverstone, raising their game on their home circuit."I didn't qualify as well as I'd hoped at Silverstone," Pearson said," but I dialled into the car as the race progressed and was able to make some good progress. I'm a lot more confident now and after a good test at Mallory Park last week, I can't wait for Saturday afternoon to come around."

Despite his limited experience in the series, Lomax also shone at Silverstone passing several cars and doing enough to join his Mark Fish Motorsport team mate Pearson in the Monaco line-up."I was really pleased with the Silverstone result," he said."The car is challenging to drive and is different to anything that I've experienced before but I got to grips with it on race day and I'm delighted to be going to Monaco."

With neither having raced at Monaco previously, the pair will get their first taste of the circuit on Thursday afternoon. Race one will take place on Saturday evening, following the F3000 race. The highlight of the weekend however will be the twelve lap race two, scheduled to start at 12.00pm immediately before the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix.

"To race on the historic Monaco Grand Prix circuit just before Schumacher et al do battle in front of the most prestigious crowd of the year is the achievement of a lifetime's ambition for me," Pearson said."Our sponsors, Freeparking.co.uk are delighted that both Paul and I will be in action in Monaco, not only because the crowd is so prestigious but also because of the global television coverage the event attracts. We'd like to thank them for their valuable support this season.

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