Scottish newcomers bid for gold Clio glory with Scuderia Vittoria
Fast-growing motorsport team Scuderia Vittoria has snapped up three Scottish racers for an assault on the Renault Clio UK Cup – with backing from One Call Insurance.Vic Covey Jr, Finlay Crocker and Ronnie Klos are all delighted with the support from One Call, which enables them to contest the prestigious Clio Cup, an ever-popular support to the flagship British Touring Car Championship.The Clios entertain capacity crowds and viewers of live ITV4 coverage with double-header rounds over eight race weekends, kicking off at Brands Hatch on March 31/April 1.All three drivers have emerged from the Knockhill-based Scottish Mini Challenge, a series that 27-year-old Covey won in 2008. “This will be the first time I’ve raced in a non-Scottish series,” he said. “It’s very exciting and it’s going to be a baptism of fire.“I go motor racing to enjoy it and I am very fortunate to raise the budget for Clios, thanks to One Call. The team around me in the form of Scuderia Vittoria are great.”Crocker, a three-time runner-up in the Scottish Mini Challenge, added: “I did a part-season in Clios in 2007 but never had the budget to do it properly until now. This is a great opportunity for me with a good bunch of guys.”Klos has spent a few seasons out of the driving seat but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been an integral part of the motorsport scene – he is a supporter of the career of BTCC superstar Gordon Shedden, who was runner-up in the 2011 rankings.All three drivers will make the long trip to Brands Hatch in Kent for their first test next Monday February 6 – which will be the first taste of the Clio for Covey and Klos.Former Clio champion Danny Buxton, the co-team principal of Scuderia Vittoria, said: “We’ve just taken delivery of three new cars. They’re being prepared at the moment at our workshop, in the premises of top BTCC team WSR, and we can’t wait to get started.“Coming from Minis, the guys need to get used to slick tyres but even so I think we’re going to surprise a few people. We’ve got a good testing programme lined up and combined with Scuderia Vittoria’s coaching we can hopefully help all three drivers compete at a strong level. That’s definitely been helped by linking up with One Call – it’s fantastic to get backing from a nationwide company.”One Call Insurance is one of the UK’s fastest-growing insurance brokers, and searches the market to find the best insurance quote for car and home from a panel of leading UK providers.