Matrix Motorsport reveals new livery as Clio Cup reconvenes after short summer break
Press Information - 26th July 2018
Renault UK Clio Cup Rounds 11 & 12 - Team Race Preview
As the 2018 Renault UK Clio Cup embarks on the second half of its season, Matrix Motorsport is pleased to reveal its striking new livery on two of its cars, with team principal Jeff Alden and lead driver Mike Epps appearing this weekend (28th & 29th July) at Snetterton for rounds 11 and 12 in Clios sporting a new matt black colour scheme.
The change has been made to correspond with sponsor preferences and to draw attention to the cars and the branding they display. The team’s two other cars, driven by Andy Wilmot and Aaron Thompson, will remain in the original white-based livery for now.
Like all summer breaks, the time from start to finish appears to pass quickly and the five weeks since the previous two rounds at Croft at the end of June has seen the team busy overhauling its cars in its Burton-on-Trent workshops in readiness for this weekend’s season re-boot.
Once again, Matrix Motorsport faces another challenge when it reaches Snetterton, as it’s the first time the it will have competed at the Norfolk track as a team, even though it has tested there in the past and the drivers are familiar with the venue - albeit in varying amounts. Using the three-mile, 300 version of the circuit, its long straights coupled with technical sections means that set-ups will need to enable a combination of outright speed and excellent lateral grip.
The action gets underway on Friday with teams having the opportunity to make adjustments and test out their settings during two 45-minute Free Practice sessions. Saturday is the day of the least - but nevertheless important - activity with Qualifying taking place between 11.30 and midday. The two 10-lap races take place on Sunday and will start at 09.55 and 15.45 respectively.
“I’ve been busy with driver coaching and working for manufacturers during the break. I also tested a BTCC car at Snetterton and was pleased to set the fifth-fastest time. I love the circuit. It has a mixture of straights, tight and fast corners, which makes it a technical track. I’ve had wins and podium results there before, so if we can get things right, then I think we can be very competitive this weekend.”
"I have to admit that I've not tested since our previous event at Croft, so I can't wait to be back in the car and make the most of the two test sessions on Friday. I like the circuit and with the threat of rain and some new drivers joining the championship, it is definitely shaping up to be an interesting weekend."
"I've had some good results at Snetterton in the past and it's one of my favourite circuits. We've been doing some work on the car since the previous two rounds at Croft and we found a couple of things that might make a difference, so I'm looking forward to seeing if that's the case and I can score my best finish of the season this time round."
“I always look forward to our race weekends, but I have to admit that I head to Snetterton with a little more intrepidation than normal. I’ve competed on the 200 version of the circuit before, but never the 300, so there’s some learning to be done there. I’m delighted with the look of our new matt black livery. It will be interesting to see what reaction it gets.”