BOOST FOR GLEW AT THRUXTON PRACTICE ELF Renault Clio Cup with Michelin leader Phil Glew (Tothill, Lincolnshire) continued his excellent start to the season by setting the fastest time during official free practice at Thruxton circuit ...
BOOST FOR GLEW AT THRUXTON PRACTICE
ELF Renault Clio Cup with Michelin leader Phil Glew (Tothill, Lincolnshire) continued his excellent start to the season by setting the fastest time during official free practice at Thruxton circuit on Tuesday, 14th April. The 25-year-old Team Pyro racer set a time of 1min 23.965s (101.01mph average) to head the timesheets with closest rival Alex MacDowall (Carlisle) in the Total Control Racing car fifth quickest overall.
The free practice session took place ahead of rounds three and four on 25th/26th April as the usual custom of holding free practice on the Friday prior to the race weekend is forbidden at the Hampshire track due to noise restrictions.
Dry, bright conditions greeted the Clio drivers as the first of two sessions got underway on the 2.36-mile circuit which is also the fastest the drivers will race this season. After taking a double podium at the opening two rounds at Brands Hatch last week, MacDowall continued his momentum to set the best time in the first session at 1min 24.197s (100.73mph average).
Glew, who claimed a double victory at the Kent circuit, was just 0.329s off the pace with Amery Motorsport's Dave Newsham (Inverness) and Range Storage Ltd with Coastal Racing's Lee Pattison (Liversedge) third and fourth fastest. Coastal Racing's Carl Bradley (Morecambe) and Total Control Racing's Mike Robinson (Surbiton) were also among the top drivers as was Jake Pakun (Bolton).
The track remained dry for session two although the earlier sunshine had been replaced with clouds. After just four laps, Glew set what would become the fastest time of the day with Newsham continuing his form from earlier in the day by going second quickest. Podium finisher from Brands Hatch, Andrew Herron (Co. Down) in the JHR Developments car made up for a disappointing first session by going third fastest.
Robinson, Pattison and MacDowall all posted strong times as did the youngest competitor in the championship 16-year-old James Colburn (Worthing) in the Westbourne Motorsport with Colin Stancombe Engineering car. Total Control Racing's Sam Tordoff (Leeds) and Team Pyro's Aron Smith were also among the leading drivers for the session.
Commenting on his performance Glew said: "I'm really pleased with how things have gone today and how well the car is running. Having learnt the circuit last year, I was conscious not to do any unnecessary laps to save tyre and fuel consumption and now I'm just looking forward to that first qualifying session."
Rounds three and four of the 2009 ELF Renault Clio Cup with Michelin take place at Thruxton circuit on 25th/26th April.
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