RIDLEY-HOLLOWAY HAPPY WITH PRE-SEASON CLIO CUP PROGRESS Barnstaple based ELF Renault Clio Cup racer Jonathan Ridley-Holloway is looking forward to the start of official pre-season testing just over a month from now after impressing during two ...
RIDLEY-HOLLOWAY HAPPY WITH PRE-SEASON CLIO CUP PROGRESS
Barnstaple based ELF Renault Clio Cup racer Jonathan Ridley-Holloway is looking forward to the start of official pre-season testing just over a month from now after impressing during two separate outings with the Total Control Racing team this week.
Running at Oulton Park Island Circuit in Cheshire yesterday (Friday) following on from an outing at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent on Wednesday, the 23-year-old produced excellent speed and consistency during both tests to give himself a timely confidence boost as winter preparations for the 2008 championship gather pace.
Embarking on his first full season of sprint racing this year in the Clio Cup, having spent the past three years in the endurance based Britcar and Production S1 categories, Jonathan is aiming to become a competitive front-runner as quickly as possible. Based on his lap times from this week's tests, the North Devon ace certainly looks on course.
"This week's tests both went well and I'm feeling more and more confident every time I'm in the car now", said Jonathan, "We ran at Snetterton the other week but had a problem with the rear suspension which was a bit of a nightmare. The TCR guys got things sorted out though and when we arrived at Brands on Wednesday everything went well.
"There were some very experienced Clio racers out there and other than Jonathan Adam (2005 ELF Renault Clio Cup Champion and 2007 SEAT Cupra Champion), who was there to help the team out and offer some feedback, my times compared favourably and I'm really pleased about that.
"I got down to some very respectable lap times at Brands and felt comfortable, with a bit more commitment through Paddock Hill Bend I'm confident we'll be in pretty good shape for the first two rounds of the season."
The picturesque Oulton Park Island Circuit is, of course, a much different prospect to the Indy Circuit at Brands Hatch but Jonathan, accompanied by his 2008 team-mates Alex MacDowall and Mike Robinson, once again went well and looks in good shape for the new Clio Cup championship.
"Things are moving in the right direction without any doubt at all and I'm looking forward more and more to my first full season in Clios", he added, "We had Johnny Adam out with us again at Oulton and so that was a huge help. We're all working really well together and I'm quite happy with my pace and progress."
Jonathan's next pre-season test outing will come at Rockingham Motor Speedway in Northamptonshire on Thursday, 21st February.