SINGLE-SEATER RACER DIXON SWITCHES TO CLIO CUP WITH TCR Former single-seater racer James Dixon will make the switch to saloon car action at Rockingham in Northamptonshire this weekend, 24th/25th April, after agreeing a deal to contest the ...
SINGLE-SEATER RACER DIXON SWITCHES TO CLIO CUP WITH TCR
Former single-seater racer James Dixon will make the switch to saloon car action at Rockingham in Northamptonshire this weekend, 24th/25th April, after agreeing a deal to contest the remainder of the 2010 ELF Renault Clio Cup with Total Control Racing.
The Wednesbury-based team, which already fields a brace of Clios on the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship support package for front-runners Sam Tordoff and Mike Robinson, is delighted to have agreed terms with Stockbury-based Dixon who will have his first run with the team during a brief test at Mallory Park in Leicestershire this Wednesday, 21st April.
"We're obviously very pleased to have signed James, he was quick in Formula Renault and we're sure he'll be a strong addition to the team alongside Sam and Mike", said TCR team principal Lee Brookes, "It's great for us to be back up to three cars and we're all looking forward to fighting for some good results at Rockingham this weekend."
Following a successful national and international karting career, Dixon graduated to cars in 2008 where he finished seventh overall in the Formula Renault BARC Championship with three top four finishes at Silverstone, Croft and Rockingham.
Stepping-up to Formula Renault UK for the 2008 Winter Series, the Kent racer went on to contest six races in the main Formula Renault UK Championship last year but budget restrictions unfortunately curtailed his campaign all too early.
Now, the 20-year-old has taken the decision to focus on a future career in saloon cars and is relishing the chance to be part of the fiercely contested ELF Renault Clio Cup, a totally different style of racing to the open-wheel competition he has been used to for the last couple of seasons.
Dixon, who works as a race instructor for the MotorSport Vision group commented: "I'm really looking forward to making my tin-top debut in Clios next weekend and I'm very thankful to have the opportunity of racing with such an established and professional team as TCR.
"It's going to be a big new learning curve for me but I want to take full advantage of the opportunity and apply what I have learned in single-seaters. I've no doubt Rockingham will be a tough weekend as Clios is so competitive but I can't wait to get started -- it's great to be back racing."
Rounds three and four of the 2010 ELF Renault Clio Cup will take place at Rockingham's International Super Sports Car Circuit this weekend, 24th/25th April. TCR will also field its regular two car entry in the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup for rounds four, five and six at the Corby venue.
-source: total control racing