RIDLEY-HOLLOWAY TO MAKE 2008 CLIO CUP CHALLENGE WITH TCR Class winner of the Britcar 24 Hours Race, Jonathan Ridley-Holloway, has agreed terms with multiple title-winning ELF Renault Clio Cup squad Total Control Racing to contest the upcoming...
RIDLEY-HOLLOWAY TO MAKE 2008 CLIO CUP CHALLENGE WITH TCR
Class winner of the Britcar 24 Hours Race, Jonathan Ridley-Holloway, has agreed terms with multiple title-winning ELF Renault Clio Cup squad Total Control Racing to contest the upcoming 2008 season.
The 23-year-old, who resides in Barnstaple, North Devon and has a Masters Degree in Motorsport Engineering, made his Clio Cup debut with TCR during last November's four round Winter Championship, finishing sixth overall in the driver standings.
Jonathan has only been racing since 2005 when, on his 21st birthday, he made his debut in the Production S1 endurance series at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit. Finishing second in class at the wheel of a Honda Civic Type R, his maiden class victory quickly followed two months later at Oulton Park International Circuit.
Remaining in Production S1 in 2006, Jonathan finished every race on the class podium while last year he contested selected rounds of the series before making his Clio Cup bow during the 2007 ELF Renault Clio Winter Cup, having purchased one of the new generation Clio Cup race cars at the beginning of the year.
For the last three years, the Suffolk-born racer has also been a regular in the annual Britcar 24 Hours Race at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit. Third in class on his 24 Hours debut in 2005, Jonathan achieved class victory and finished a superb seventh overall in 2006 while last year he was eighth overall and took class honours once again.
With TCR having won three of the last five ELF Renault Clio Cup driver titles, Jonathan firmly believes he is with the best and most successful team in the championship for his full season debut and is looking forward to the new campaign which is now just 11 weeks away.
Speaking on his new deal, Jonathan commented: "I'm going to take it as it comes really, learn as much as I can and see what happens during the season. The Winter Cup was a shocker really, I wasn't happy with how I performed but I know with a good testing programme in place we should be stronger for the new season.
"Saying that though, I think it was much better to do the Winter Cup rather than going straight into the 2008 season green. We'll be out testing in mid-February and hopefully have a good build-up. I'm really looking forward to the championship and I know with TCR I'm with the right guys and they'll help bring the very best out of me."
As ever, the 2008 ELF Renault Clio Cup will race on the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship package at the UK's most prestigious venues. The 20-round season will begin at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit, Kent, on 29th/30th March with Clio Cup also visiting venues such as Rockingham, Oulton Park, Donington Park and Thruxton.
The most high-profile race meeting, however, will be the stand-alone World Series by Renault event at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit on 7th/8th June. Previously held at Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit, the British round of the World Series by Renault attracted an unbelievable 135,000 spectators last year.
Driver Profile -- Jonathan Ridley-Holloway
Lives: Barnstaple, North Devon
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: Student; also runs Car Tune Racing