FIESTA RACER BRYANT EYEING CLIO GRADUATION WITH TCR
Scottish saloon car racer Rory Bryant is eyeing a step-up to the ELF Renault Clio Cup in 2010 with multiple title winning team Total Control Racing following on from a successful maiden test run with Lee Brookes' squad at Silverstone National Circuit last week.
Getting behind the wheel of a Renault Clio for the first time on Friday, 20th November, 21-year-old Bryant impressed with his ability, feedback and willingness to learn. With conditions largely wet early on and drying throughout the day, Bryant was able to sample the 2.0-litre Clio with both treaded and slick tyres and produced a performance the team was very happy with.
TCR principal Brookes commented: "Rory did ever so well, we were really impressed with his performance. He'd never driven a Clio Cup car before Friday's test but he listened to everything we told him, he showed ability and his first impressions were as good as anyone. He needs more mileage in the car but from what we saw at Silverstone, he could be a front-runner in Clios."
Based in Dalmeny Village, Edinburgh, Bryant competed in the BRSCC Ford Fiesta Championship in 2009 -- finishing fifth overall in the standings in his first season of front-wheel drive action -- while also contesting eight Fiesta races at his local circuit, Knockhill, where he enjoyed a 100 per cent success rate.
Starting out racing karts in 2000, Bryant made the move into cars in 2007 after being awarded a scholarship to drive in the SMRC Scottish Legends Cars Championship where he became Rookie Champion. He then made the move into saloons in 2009 with the graduation to Fiestas.
Reflecting on his debut Clio Cup outing, Bryant said: "I really enjoyed it, the Clio is a lot different to what I'm used to and it's a great car to drive. Clios is definitely what I want to do in 2010 and TCR is the only team I want to race with. We're making good progress with the budget so, hopefully, we can get the remainder sorted out early in the New Year before testing more in February and March."
TCR, of course, enjoyed a highly successful ELF Renault Clio Cup season this year. Taking Daniel Lloyd and Sam Tordoff to the Champion's and Vice-Champion's positions respectively in the recent Winter Cup, the Wednesbury-based team also ran Alex MacDowall to the Vice-Champion's spot during the main 2009 Clio Cup season where he and Tordoff both took race wins.
In the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup, TCR secured the entrant's title in its first ever season in the category with numerous race wins and podiums along the way thanks to the efforts of Carl Breeze and Fulvio Mussi.