Matrix gets ready to Rock-ingham
Press Information - 8th August 2018
Renault UK Clio Cup Rounds 13 & 14 - Team Race Preview
Fresh from its inaugural podium result at Snetterton less than two weeks ago, Matrix Motorsport is currently in the throws of preparing for this weekend’s rounds 13 & 14 of the Renault UK Clio Cup at Rockingham Motor Speedway, near Corby in Northamptonshire.
The team is planning to field its regular quartet of cars: two in its new black livery driven by Jeff Alden #19 and Mike Epps #37 and two in its white livery driven by Aaron Thompson #41 and, all being well, Andy Wilmot #21, who’s hoping to be fit enough to return the fold after having to hand-over to Ash Hand who stepped in at Snetterton.
Like all meetings so far this season, Rockingham presents another first for Matrix Motorsport. Whilst its drivers and personnel all have experience of the circuit, this weekend will represent the team’s initial visit to the venue built to replicate the oval amphitheatres that are synonymous with motorsport in the USA.
The Renaults, BTCC and other supporting races will use the 1.94-mile long International Super Sportscar configuration of the circuit that features a fast banked stretch of track together with a contrasting, flat and twisty in-field section.
The Clio Cup action gets underway on Friday (10th) with two one-hour Free Practice sessions. Saturday features 30-minutes of Qualifying from 11.20 to 11.50, followed by the first of the weekend’s 14-lap races at 16.10 and the second on Sunday at 13.30.
“I was chuffed to have scored the team’s first podium at Snetterton and we can absolutely carry that momentum forward. It wasn’t exactly the smoothest weekend for us, so we know there’s even more to come. Rockingham is a different type of track. I enjoy driving it, it’s a good layout. The surface can make it challenging though, especially if it rains - so I hope it does and looking at the forecast, it looks like it will!”
“I must admit that Rockingham is not one of my favourite circuits, but having said that, if I can have a weekend without any problems then I really don’t mind where I’m racing! The engine’s been replaced following Snetterton, so hopefully this will rectify the power issues we’ve been having. I look forward to finding out!”
Jeff Alden (Team Principal)
“I enjoyed Snetterton immensely. Albeit a little further down the field than my teammates, I had some great battles. I like Rockingham, so I’m looking forward to more of the same this weekend. I was both delighted and proud that we scored our very first podium last time out. As a team, we intend to carry that energy forward for the rest of the season and will be looking for similar results at Rockingham.”