Croft: Jonathan Ridley-Holloway preview

JONATHAN RIDLEY-HOLLOWAY -- CROFT PREVIEW ELF Renault Clio Cup racer Jonathan Ridley-Holloway is aiming to build on the form he produced last Sunday at his home circuit, Thruxton, when the series resumes for rounds nine and 10 of the season at...

JONATHAN RIDLEY-HOLLOWAY -- CROFT PREVIEW

ELF Renault Clio Cup racer Jonathan Ridley-Holloway is aiming to build on the form he produced last Sunday at his home circuit, Thruxton, when the series resumes for rounds nine and 10 of the season at Croft in North Yorkshire next weekend, 31st May/1st June.

The Bond Oxborough Phillips, A4 Apparel and PicoPC.co.uk backed driver enjoyed one of his better outings of 2008 last weekend, producing genuine top 10 pace in both qualifying and race trim and equalling his best finish in the championship with a battling ninth place in round seven.

Barnstaple-based Jonathan is certainly beginning to show he is capable of challenging as a front-runner in the Clio Cup and having previously competed at Croft at the wheel of his Total Control Racing-run car in the 2007 Winter Championship, he heads into next weekend's action quietly confident of another strong top 10 showing.

"It's taken longer than I'd hoped to get inside the top 10 and challenge strongly but at Thruxton I was pretty happy with our pace", commented the 23-year-old, "To be running nose-to-tail throughout the first race with my team-mate Mike (Robinson) was a good indicator that I'm improving and moving in the right direction.

"We've certainly had more than our fair share of troubles so far this season but I think it's not too far wide of the mark to say we're beginning to turn the corner. The team is doing a terrific job with the car and I'm really enjoying working with Lee (Brookes -- TCR team boss) and the boys. If I can deliver a couple of top 10 finishes at Croft I'll be happy."

Consistency is one of the things Jonathan is striving for most next weekend. Looking back at his two best race performances so far this year, each has come alongside a less favourable result at the events in question -- Rockingham and Thruxton -- but that's a trend he's aiming to reverse at Croft just over a week from now.

Qualifying for rounds nine and 10 of the 2008 ELF Renault Clio Cup will take place at 10.50 on Saturday, 31st May, with the first of the weekend's races scheduled to follow at approximately 15.55. Round 10 is timetabled for 15.45 on Sunday, 1st June, and will be featured live on Freeview, cable and digital satellite channel ITV4.

Ahead of the race weekend itself on Friday, 30th May, the Clio Cup competitors will have the benefit of two free practice sessions at the North Yorkshire venue.

-credit: cartuneracing.com

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