UK Clio aces suc­ceed abroad

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CLIO CUP IN­TER­NA­TIONAL

Re­nault UK Clio Cup rac­ers topped the in­au­gu­ral Clio Cup In­ter­na­tional Fi­nal at Paul Ri­card last week­end, with

Jack Young beat­ing Max Coates.

North­ern Ir­ish­man Young, last year’s Re­nault UK Clio Cup Ju­nior cham­pion, has im­pressed since switch­ing to se­nior car rac­ing in the mid­dle of this term but had strug­gled to trans­late his strong pace into re­sults.

But that changed in France as he qual­i­fied on pole and led through­out, suc­cess­fully main­tain­ing his ad­van­tage over UK run­ner-up Coates af­ter a late-race safety car, caused by the other Bri­ton in the race, Brett Lid­sey, tan­gling with French­man David Pouget.

Young will re­ceive a 280bhp

Re­nault Me­gane RS road car as a prize for win­ning the race.

“It’s amaz­ing, Max pushed me through­out the race, as he had done ear­lier in the week­end,” said MRM driver Young, who topped the

37 cars that started the race.

“Grad­u­ally, he re­gained ground but I man­aged to pull away as soon as the safety car was cleared. There­fore, I only had to man­age it to the fin­ish.

It’s great and a bit sur­real, but I hope to de­fend my crown next year!”

Coates said he was “both de­lighted and dis­ap­pointed with this re­sult”, hav­ing ear­lier shared the Cen­tral Eu­ro­pean spoils with Young.

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