Next step for Dee­gan is Re­nault UK Clio Cup af­ter mak­ing his de­but ear­lier this year

Motor Sport News - - Feature: Shayne Deegan -

The Clio Cup is widely re­garded as one of the most com­pet­i­tive tin-top cat­e­gories in the coun­try. So to en­ter the se­ries mid-year, hav­ing not tested the car at all is a bold move. That’s what Shayne Dee­gan did at Snet­ter­ton.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, that first week­end was a strug­gle. He qual­i­fied 16th and 18th be­fore tak­ing a best fin­ish of 15th.

“I got some al­right re­sults but would’ve liked bet­ter,” ad­mits Dee­gan. “It was noth­ing like what I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore. All the driv­ers are com­pet­i­tive and the cars are dif­fi­cult to drive – I had to change my driv­ing style com­pletely. The brak­ing of the cars is dif­fer­ent, you have to brake in a cer­tain way and that takes a bit of get­ting used to.”

Dee­gan was hop­ing to make a step for­ward for the next round at Rock­ing­ham but had a dif­fi­cult qual­i­fy­ing and started 18th. How­ever, the race was held in very wet con­di­tions and Dee­gan soon climbed up the or­der.

“I made up nine places,” says Dee­gan as he fin­ished ninth. Through­out his ca­reer, Dee­gan has al­ways been strong in the wet and he at­tributes that to his ground­ing in au­to­grass. “It helps with car con­trol – you know how to straighten it up when the car slides and it gives you no fear,” he says.

His ri­vals next sea­son could have plenty to fear though as he plots an ex­ten­sive test­ing pro­gramme to get ready for a full cam­paign in the se­ries in 2017 af­ter buy­ing a Clio. Dee­gan is aware that it will be tough but says: “It’s a real chal­lenge and I like a chal­lenge!”

Dee­gan has taken best re­sult of ninth in Clio Cup

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