Mark Fish Motorsport's Rick Pearson continues his Renaultsport Clio Trophy campaign at the prestigious Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium this weekend for round three of the pan-European, V6 Championship. Despite narrowly missing out on a...
Mark Fish Motorsport's Rick Pearson continues his Renaultsport Clio Trophy campaign at the prestigious Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium this weekend for round three of the pan-European, V6 Championship.
Despite narrowly missing out on a Monaco grid slot at the Grand Prix support race two weeks ago, the Fulham ace is looking forward to what will be only his second ever race day outing in the hugely impressive V6 Clio. "It was extremely disappointing not to compete at Monaco after bagging the reserve placing," he said, "but we know that it will take a few rounds before we are really on the pace of the guys who've had the benefit of two years previous experience of the car. I've no doubt we'll be continuing the learning curve again this weekend, but it'll be great to get back behind the wheel - Monza feels like a long while ago."
Adding to the Fulham ace's prospects for the weekend is the fact that Spa is the only track on the calendar at which he has any previous experience. Having raced there in a Caterham three years ago, some prior knowledge of the circuit will go a long way to bridging the gap between the former UK Clio Cup front-runner and his vastly more experienced European counterparts. "Spa is the only track that I will have seen before we actually arrive at the circuit for the testing session, "Pearson confirmed. "That will be a big help of course, but it's a long circuit and a lot of the guys will know it a whole lot better than me.
"Realistically, if we can qualify in the top half of the field and then finish somewhere just outside of the top ten, I will be pretty pleased. Due to our limited budget, the most important thing is to bring the car back in one piece having learned a whole lot more about both it and the track."
Rick Pearson will be sponsored and supported by ActiveShop.com, Freeparking.co.uk, Mintex and Sea France.
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