TORDOFF FIRST TO GET TO GRIPS WITH NEW SILVERSTONE GP TRACK Total Control Racing's Sam Tordoff (Leeds) made light work of learning Silverstone's brand new Grand Prix circuit after setting the fastest time during official in-season testing for...
TORDOFF FIRST TO GET TO GRIPS WITH NEW SILVERSTONE GP TRACK
Total Control Racing's Sam Tordoff (Leeds) made light work of learning Silverstone's brand new Grand Prix circuit after setting the fastest time during official in-season testing for the 2010 ELF Renault Clio Cup with Michelin on Monday, 17th May.
The 21-year-old title-hopeful, who's currently fifth in the drivers' standings, posted a best time of 2mins 24.825s (90.99mph average) around the new 3.6605-mile circuit which provides the venue for rounds 17 and 18 of the championship as part of World Series by Renault on 18th/19th September.
Team-mate James Dixon (Stockbury) made a welcome return after missing out on rounds five and six at Brands Hatch GP to record the second fastest time for the sunny test day, although still almost a second off Tordoff's pace. Championship leader Dave Newsham (Inverness), 42, ended the day third quickest in his Team Pyro run car.
The day-long test was split into four sessions enabling the drivers to learn the new Silverstone layout. The first 50-minute stint saw Total Control Racing's Mike Robinson (Surbiton) go top with Tordoff and Newsham also among the quicker drivers.
Robinson and Tordoff remained the front two in the second session with Westbourne Motorsport's James Colburn (Worthing) and JHR Development's Lee Pattison (Liversedge) also posting quick times. The session also saw former Formula Renault BARC racer David Sutton (Swinton, South Yorkshire), who is a possibility to join the series, set his best time in his JHR Development run car.
After the lunch break it was Tordoff who led the way in the 45-minute session three with Newsham, Dixon, Robinson and Colburn rounding off the top five. Westbourne Motorsport's Patrick Collins (Spaldwick) was also looking quick going seventh fastest.
The final session of the day saw the top drivers, using fresh tyres, lapping in the high 2min 25s, but it was Tordoff who was able to creep into the 2min 24s - the only driver to do so - on his seventh of nine laps run to secure the day's best time. Dixon and Robinson finished second and third respectively for the session handing Lee Brookes' TCR team the top three positions.
Commenting on his performance Tordoff said: "The new track felt fantastic and I really enjoyed the test session. I've been quick throughout the season but I've had my share of bad luck in the championship so going top today is a much-needed boost. The team made several changes to the car and by the final session it felt really good especially with new tyres on which showed with a TCR one, two, three in the final session."
Rounds seven and eight of the ELF Renault Clio Cup with Michelin take place on 5th/6th June at Oulton Park.
-source: renault sport uk