Silverstone: Jonathan Ridley-Holloway test summary

RIDLEY-HOLLOWAY ON FORM AHEAD OF BIGGEST EVENT OF 2008 Jonathan Ridley-Holloway continued his excellent run of recent form at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit this afternoon, Friday, 6th June, during pre-event testing ahead of the weekend's 11th...

RIDLEY-HOLLOWAY ON FORM AHEAD OF BIGGEST EVENT OF 2008

Jonathan Ridley-Holloway continued his excellent run of recent form at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit this afternoon, Friday, 6th June, during pre-event testing ahead of the weekend's 11th and 12th rounds of the ELF Renault Clio Cup.

Gearing up for the biggest event on his 2008 calendar, the World Series by Renault festival, the 23-year-old continued where he left off last weekend by producing another highly impressive performance today. He lapped the full 3.2-mile Silverstone GP configuration with the eighth quickest time.

Posting a best lap of 2m 10.063 seconds (142.3 km/h), the Barnstaple racer ended the test session just seven 10ths of a second outside the quickest time managed by current series leader Ben Winrow in fourth place.

"It's not been a bad day at all, to end the session eighth fastest was pretty good and I'm feeling confident for qualifying", said Jonathan, "We still need to find some more time but I know where I lost out today so we'll be aiming to put that right. We did have a bit of trouble getting the set-up sorted but I'm sure things will be better tomorrow."

Proving last weekend's career best ELF Renault Clio Cup race result of seventh position at Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire was no fluke, the A4 Apparel, PicoPC.co.uk and Bond Oxborough Phillips supported star ran strongly throughout this afternoon's test. As high as third part way through, Jonathan was inside the top six with just 10 minutes to go.

The North Devon charger's next track action will come at 17.45 tomorrow, Saturday, 7th June, during qualifying for the weekend's two races. Round 11 will then take place at 09.50 on Sunday, 8th June, with round 12 expected to follow at approximately 15.45.

As the biggest race meeting of his short motorsport career, which only began in 2005, the Total Control Racing ace can't wait to compete on Silverstone's Grand Prix Circuit again this weekend having raced on the famous track previously during the Britcar 24 Hour endurance race.

An incredible 150,000 spectators are set to attend this year's World Series by Renault festival at Silverstone, marking it out as the second largest competitive motor racing event to be held in the UK in 2008 -- certainly the biggest crowd Jonathan will ever have competed in front of. Only the British Grand Prix will likely command larger crowds.

He added: "It's going to be a huge weekend, racing in front of such a big crowd will be a fantastic experience. I really enjoyed the test session today, it was good fun, and I'm feeling pretty good about our chances for qualifying and Sunday's races."

-credit: cartuneracing.com

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