Robinson spearheads the TCR attack once again in Clio Cup In the ELF Renault Clio Cup outing on Sunday, TCR's three-car attack was led once again by round 13 podium finisher Mike Robinson. Starting the race on the front row alongside...
Robinson spearheads the TCR attack once again in Clio Cup
In the ELF Renault Clio Cup outing on Sunday, TCR's three-car attack was led once again by round 13 podium finisher Mike Robinson. Starting the race on the front row alongside championship leader Dave Newsham, Robinson wasn't able to get away from the line cleanly and slipped to fifth.
Battling back through to fourth at Becketts, he pressured third placed James Colburn heavily for the majority of the race but on lap 15 he slipped to fifth behind Lee Pattison. Running competitive lap times, Robinson just wasn't able to find a way back past into the top four and crossed the line on lap 18 just seven 10ths of a second adrift.
Sam Tordoff who started an uncharacteristic ninth on the grid, one place behind team-mate James Dixon, struggled with his car intermittently cutting out during the first part of the race which clearly limited his progress. Somehow rectifying itself as round 14 wore on, he managed to come through to sixth place at the finish with a determined push, finishing around three seconds ahead of Dixon.
Brookes commented: "Sam was very unfortunate on the first couple of laps as his car was cutting in and out for some reason, then it fixed itself and he was able to push much harder to come through into the top six behind Mike -- he was on a bit of a mission.
"Again, Mike did a good job and it was just a shame his start wasn't too good as he had the pace to run with the front two and could have had another podium. James had a solid run to seventh, although I know he wanted more than that."
There are just two weeks to wait for the next instalment of both the Ginetta G50 Cup and Renault Clio Cup, each category visiting Knockhill Circuit in Fife on 4th/5th September. For TCR's Clio Cup trio, the event will mark their maiden experience of the Scottish track with the championship having last travelled north of the border back in 2005.