Impressive Dixon takes maiden Clio Cup pole and podium First year ELF Renault Clio Cup racer James Dixon enjoyed by far his best weekend as a TCR driver since moving into the category earlier in the season with an absolutely tremendous...
Impressive Dixon takes maiden Clio Cup pole and podium
First year ELF Renault Clio Cup racer James Dixon enjoyed by far his best weekend as a TCR driver since moving into the category earlier in the season with an absolutely tremendous performance in qualifying and race conditions at Snetterton today.
Taking his first career pole position by just 0.023 seconds from team-mate Sam Tordoff, and becoming the first driver this year to keep championship leader Dave Newsham off the top spot, Kent-based Dixon looked to have the cards stacked against him for this afternoon's 11th round of the season when the onset of rain served up his maiden experience of Clio action in the wet.
Making a great start though, Dixon held the lead through the first two turns and repelled Newsham but into the last corner, Russell Chicane, the veteran racer sliced up the inside to take the lead away and push Dixon into the clutches of Tordoff.
Dixon pressed on though and held on superbly to second place, managing to keep the ever-rapid Tordoff and Lee Pattison behind. Tordoff's third place finish marked his ninth podium of the year and continued his run of never being off the rostrum in any race he has finished in 2010. In addition, the Leeds racer achieved two bonus points for posting the quickest lap of the race -- 1m24.951 seconds.
Mike Robinson qualified fourth fastest for TCR but the series regular struggled with the car from mid-distance and slipped to an eventual finish of ninth place, having been on course for a fighting top five result early on.
"We were really hoping for that win in Clios today", said Brookes, "With James and Sam on the front row we thought we'd cracked it having done all the hard work in qualifying. Even though that win is still eluding us, James and Sam both raced really well.
"James went into the race blind really as he'd never been in a Clio in the wet before and that left the door open for (Dave) Newsham to find the limit quicker. He did a fantastic job though, we're delighted for him to take his first pole and podium -- we knew he had this potential from day one."
Brookes added: "Sam was very quick, as always, and showed his consistency yet again. He has pole for Sunday's race so there's another chance there for us to try and get that first win of 2010. Mike's car got a bit too lively for him in the middle part of the race so he dropped back a bit unfortunately but, again, his pace wasn't bad at all."