DIXON AND TORDOFF ON PODIUM IN FRONT OF 120,000 AT SILVERSTONE Total Control Racing's James Dixon and Sam Tordoff shared the podium at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit on Sunday, 19th September, to cap off a strong weekend for the Wednesbury-based...
DIXON AND TORDOFF ON PODIUM IN FRONT OF 120,000 AT SILVERSTONE
Total Control Racing's James Dixon and Sam Tordoff shared the podium at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit on Sunday, 19th September, to cap off a strong weekend for the Wednesbury-based team as part of the annual British 'World Series by Renault' festival.
Celebrating their success in front of a huge crowd of around 120,000 spectators, the TCR pairing delivered equally strong performances during the 18th round of the ELF Renault Clio Cup season, Dixon taking second place from fourth on the grid and Tordoff climbing into third from sixth.
Making a good start, Dixon grabbed third place at Club Chicane with a great move and set about pursuing pole-sitter Paul Rivett and recently crowned 2010 champion Dave Newsham. Tordoff made impressive progress early on and after moving into fifth on the opening tour, he was into the top four by lap three and closing on his team-mate.
Running close together during the second half of the race, the TCR drivers then benefitted from a slow puncture for Newsham which forced him to drop back meaning Dixon took second and Tordoff moved up to third.
The team's third driver, Mike Robinson, unfortunately got caught up in the midfield action on lap one and as a result dropped to eighth place from sixth on the grid. Slipping down to 10th on thethird tour, the Surrey racer did manage to recover some of the lost ground and fought back to seventh.
In terms of the championship, Tordoff has consolidated his third place, Robinson is fifth -- just 11 points shy of the top four -- and Dixon remains in seventh but edging ever closer to the coveted top six, having missed four of the 18 races contested so far.
Team principal Lee Brookes commented: "James and Sam both produced an excellent performance, yes we were fortunate with (Dave) Newsham having a puncture but the lads came through well and raced hard and they both put him under a lot of pressure before he had his problem. There was hardly anything between them on lap times too, they were very evenly matched.
"Mike unfortunately got caught up in the middle of the pack on the opening lap, it was all a bit wild and once you're in that situation it's very hard to find your way back. Seventh was a good recovery and all in all it was a good weekend for the Clio team."
Tough weekend in the G50 Cup at Donington for Breeze and TCR In contrast to TCR's successful weekend in the ELF Renault Clio Cup at Silverstone, its Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup squad suffered from quite a bit of bad luck at Donington Park. Rounds 24 and 25 of the season didn't quite go as hoped for the team but, even so, Carl Breeze made a return to the podium in the final outing to minimise the damage to his championship hopes.
After suffering from an electrical glitch in race one on Saturday, the title contender also had some problems in the first of Sunday's races which took place on a damp track. Electing to run with slicks, as did team-mate Joachim Ritter, Breeze wasn't able to make the early progress he wanted and then an unfortunate excursion at the Old Hairpin on lap seven dropped him from the top 10 to 15th place.
Thankfully managing to recover, Breeze set about making amends and he fought through to ninth place in the end -- importantly getting ahead of chief title rival Frank Wrathall on the last lap as the latter's wet-weather tyres lost performance. Ritter started the race in fifth position by virtue of his fantastic round 23 result but slipped to 12th place in the end in the tricky conditions.
In round 25, Breeze charged through from the fifth row to finish in third place on the road and second in the points due to race winner Nigel Moore being ineligible to score. The end of the race was a true grandstand finish with Breeze and Wrathall nose-to-tail through the chicane and as the TCR man drew alongside on the run the line, Wrathall just pipped him to second by 0.085 seconds.
Ritter produced pace good enough for a top six finish during the 17-lapper but had to settle for 11th in the end. Even so, his three strong points scores have helped the Swiss-based driver retain seventh place in the championship standings.
Brookes commented: "The Ginetta races were action-packed again and we're pleased Carl managed to take a podium in the last race after all of the problems he's had this weekend. It's been tough for him and the title is a tall order now but it's not over until it's over! Joachim's fifth place in Saturday's race was fantastic, it's a shame he couldn't get back in the top 10 on Sunday but overall he did well."
The ELF Renault Clio Cup will return to its regular slot on the BTCC package alongside the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup for the season finale three weeks from now, 9th/10th October, at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent.
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