Silverstone: Series newsletter 2008-06-07

FORMER CLIO CHAMPION ADAM IN ONE-OFF RETURN JONATHAN Adam is gunning for victory on his return to the ELF Renault Clio Cup this weekend at the World Series by Renault event at Silverstone. Champion in 2005 when driving for Total Control...

FORMER CLIO CHAMPION ADAM IN ONE-OFF RETURN

JONATHAN Adam is gunning for victory on his return to the ELF Renault Clio Cup this weekend at the World Series by Renault event at Silverstone.

Champion in 2005 when driving for Total Control Racing, Adam rejoins the team in place of Nick Adcock and is confident of a strong performance.

"I think the fact it is on the full Grand Prix circuit will help me because it will level the playing field," says Adam.

"Not many people will have raced or even tested here prior to the weekend, although they do have more experience than me in the new Clio Cup car.

"I've done a few tests in the car. I think you have to drive it more aggressively than the 182 that I raced in 2005 and hopefully I'll get to grips with that during Friday's test, which is a key day."

The 23-year-old Scot's title-winning season saw him score a total of 11 wins including six in a row to end the campaign. He also had two streaks of six and seven consecutive pole positions.

"I'm very comfortable with the team at TCR and I know they'll give me a good car. There's some quick guys at the front so it will be hard but I'm aiming at least for the top-five."

A MINUTE WITH... BEN WINROW

BEN WINROW: "We've got some good tracks coming up that should suit the car and myself so I'm expecting strong results. I couldn't have asked for more from a new team than Pyro has given me."

You've had a good start?

It's gone really well, especially coming into a new team who've done a fantastic job. I came into the season aiming to win the title and to have a lead of 42 points at halfway is great.

How's the pressure?

Since I won the Caterham title in 2002 I haven't led a major series at this point but I just need to keep doing what I've done so far and it'll be fine.

Ever raced on the GP circuit?

I did in 2003 in the SEAT Cupra but it was a while ago so I'm not sure if it will help! Hopefully it will come back to me during testing. It will be good to race on the full GP layout again.

Away from the track?

I work as a quality control engineer for Winged Aviation and Elmdon Metals, who also sponsor me. They make aerospace and motorsport materials, including for rollcages.

OLD AND NEW FACES: Full Speed Racing's Chris Panayiotou (above) returns to the Clio Cup paddock this weekend after missing six races due to the cost of damage sustained on the opening weekend at Brands Hatch. Meanwhile, Rob Austin, a former Formula Renault UK Team Manager, makes his Clio Cup racing debut with Amery Motorsport.

- FULL coverage of round 10 of the ELF Renault Clio Cup is now available to view at the official Renault Sport UK website, www.renaultsport.co.uk. It is the sixth race from the 2008 season to be added to the pioneering webpage, which allows fans to watch Clio Cup action on demand. Both races from Silverstone are due to be uploaded.

- 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 at 16.00 with the ITV1 repeat moving from it's regular Wednesday slot to 01.10 on Friday due to Euro 2008. It is shown again on ITV4 at 16.05 on Saturday, 14th June and the ITV Catch Up service.

- APO Sport driver Alex Osborne was named THB Clowes Driver of the Day for round nine at Croft, taking his family-run car to a season's-best seventh place. The prize for round 10 went to Steven Hunter for his rise through the field to 12th place from the back row of the grid after suffering an electrical problem in Saturday's qualifying.

-credit: renaultsport.co.uk

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