Clio Cup front-runner, Rick Pearson made a successful return to the freeparking.co.uk Super Coupe Cup at Thruxton on Sunday, August 14, with a class win in round eight. QUALIFYING Pearson spent most of the ten lap qualifying session getting to...
Clio Cup front-runner, Rick Pearson made a successful return to the freeparking.co.uk Super Coupe Cup at Thruxton on Sunday, August 14, with a class win in round eight.
Pearson spent most of the ten lap qualifying session getting to grips with the car, qualifying seventh overall and second in his class, just 0.2 second off of pole position.
"I’m very pleased with my qualifying performance," he said. "I haven’t sat in the car for six months so the lack of power, being forced to sit on the right, having to use the clutch again and the lack of power steering all took a bit of getting used to!"
Pearson made a good get away from a rolling start, his first since leaving the Super Coupe Cup at the end of last season. After taking a few laps to get up to speed, the super fast Thruxton circuit posed few problems and the Mark Fish prepared Renault 5 GT Turbo was soon in the thick of the action.
Despite being hit by series regular Nick Reynolds at the first corner, Pearson found himself upon class pole man, Steve Alderton at the end of the inaugural lap. A great battle ensued but was curtailed at the chicane four laps from home when Alderton developed terminal engine trouble.
With Alderton out of the running, Fulham-based Pearson had few problems holding onto the class victory. The remaining four laps saw him battling his way through the race order- resuming a few old rivalries en-route- to secure the win. Fifth overall capped an impressive season debut for the thirty-year old Englishman.
"It was wonderful to return and win my class against my old rivals," he enthused. "Thruxton is a very quick circuit and you need some serious confidence in the car to compete but Mark Fish Motorsport did an excellent job and it ran faultlessly throughout.
"However, it seems selfish to own a potential championship winning car and deprive the series of it as I don’t have time to race it. That said, I’ve decided to put it up for sale. I enjoyed my return to the freeparking.co.uk Super Coupe Cup though and the series is looking very healthy under the guidance of championship co-ordinator, Tony Liddell."
Rick Pearson returns to action in the ELF Renault Sport UK Clio Cup in two weeks time at Brands Hatch (27-28 August).
Qualified: 2nd in Class, 7th overall
Race: 1st in Class, 5th overall.