Ridley-Holloway Thruxton Preview
North Devon saloon car racer Jonathan Ridley-Holloway heads to his most local venue. Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire, next weekend, 17th/18th May, bidding for a reversal in fortunes after a somewhat tricky start to his maiden season in the ELF Renault Clio Cup.Six races into the campaign the Barnstaple 23-year-old has recorded an impressive best of ninth position so far, at Rockingham in Northamptonshire during the third round of the season. He’s hungry for more though and after a patchy outing at Donington last weekend where qualifying didn’t go to plan and he was eliminated from the second race having made a terrific start, Jonathan hopes to truly kick-start his season when the championship arrives at his ‘home’ circuit just over a week from now.Even though undoubtedly the closest track on the 2008 calendar to Jonathan’s home, Thruxton is still well over 100 miles away. Determined to replicate the kind of performance he produced at Rockingham in mid-April, the Total Control Racing driver sees the UK’s fastest track as the ideal venue to do just that next weekend.“It’s been a bit of a disappointing start to the year really. We’ve had quite a bit of bad fortune during most of the race weekends which has been frustrating as, during several of the tests and at Rockingham of course, we had top 10 pace”, commented the West Country racer.“There have been one or two niggles with the car which we think we’ve managed to get to the bottom of and now I’m just hoping we can have a trouble-free weekend and start to show the performance I know we’re capable of. It would be great to achieve my best results of the season at Thruxton, it’s a fantastic track and the racing should be exciting.”The Bond Oxborough Phillips, PicoPC.co.uk and A4 Apparel supported racer knows he has the ability to become a consistent top 10 runner for the remainder of his first ever season of sprint racing in the ultra-competitive Clio Cup. Now he is bidding to put that into practice with two solid and consistent top 10 finishes.ELF Renault Clio Cup qualifying for the seventh and eighth rounds of the season will take place at 14.00 on Saturday, 17th May, with the first of the weekend’s two races scheduled to begin at 17.35. Round eight is timetabled to follow on Sunday, 18th May, at approximately 13.25 and is expected to be screened live on Freeview, digital satellite and cable channel ITV4 as part of the British Touring Car Championship broadcast.