TCR SECURES LONG-AWAITED FIRST CLIO CUP WIN OF SEASON Renowned ELF Renault Clio Cup team Total Control Racing secured its long-awaited first race win of the 2010 season at Snetterton in Norfolk on Sunday, 8th August, with Sam Tordoff heading...
TCR SECURES LONG-AWAITED FIRST CLIO CUP WIN OF SEASON
Renowned ELF Renault Clio Cup team Total Control Racing secured its long-awaited first race win of the 2010 season at Snetterton in Norfolk on Sunday, 8th August, with Sam Tordoff heading home team-mate James Dixon for a memorable one-two finish during the 12th round of the campaign.
Locking out the front row of the grid in qualifying, with Tordoff on pole position ahead of category rookie Dixon, the Wednesbury based team almost made it three drivers in the first three positions with Mike Robinson just missing out on usurping championship leader Dave Newsham.
At the start of Sunday afternoon's race, Tordoff made a great getaway from the inside of the front row and held the lead ahead of Dixon who managed to keep Newsham behind in third place. The top three were never separated by more than a few 10ths of a second but try as he might to pressure the TCR youngsters into a mistake, Newsham couldn't find a way by.
Tordoff held on to his lead fairly comfortably at the front and on lap eight posted the fastest lap of the race with a time of 1m18.369 seconds (89.66mph). He had Dixon looming large in his mirrors throughout the 16-lap encounter but the top three didn't change at all.
Running nose-to-tail across the finish line, Tordoff took his -- and the team's -- first win of the year by just under a second from Dixon who sealed his second runner-up spot in as many races to really mark a potential turning point in his debut season of saloon car racing.
Unfortunately for Robinson, the opening lap brought with it some contact and the resulting damage to his steering seriously compromised the performance of his car. Eventually finishing in 11th place, Robinson at least managed to retain his top four placing in the championship.
Following Sunday's 12th round of the season, Tordoff is second in the driver standings with a five point advantage over third placed Lee Pattison. Robinson, in fourth, is 50 points shy of the top three but with eight races still remaining everything is up for grabs. Dixon, meanwhile, has climbed into the coveted top 10 in the points table thanks to his superb double podium weekend.
"We're absolutely delighted to have won in Clios, it's been such a long time coming but we knew it would happen", said team principal Lee Brookes, "We really did need a big weekend like this, it's so important to start the second half of the season like this and hopefully there will be more to come.
"Sam has been right there all year and he's just needed to make the breakthrough in qualifying, which we achieved this weekend with him and James. It's still very early days for James but he's already showing what he can do -- we're very happy with his performances. Unfortunately Mike had a tough weekend in the races but we know what he can do, he'll be back strong at Silverstone."