Three, two - and will it be one at Silverstone for Matrix Motorsport?
Press Information - 13th September 2018
Renault UK Clio Cup Rounds 15 & 16 - Team Race Preview
Having finished third at Snetterton at the end of July then second at Rockingham two weeks later, the Matrix Motorsport team heads to Silverstone this weekend for rounds 15 and 16 of the Renault UK Clio Cup looking to go one step further.
The visit to Silverstone represents the team’s penultimate meeting of the season and with Mike Epp’s two podium results from the past two meetings behind them, Matrix Motorsport is eager to continue the momentum it's gained as the year has progressed.
Whilst this weekend will see the first time Matrix Motorsport has competed at the home of British motorsport as a team, it’s certainly not the first time for all four drivers: Jeff Alden #19, Andy Wilmot #21, Mike Epps #37 and Aaron Thompson #4 have all raced there before.
The three British Touring Car Championship races, two Renault Clio Races and all other support races on the programme will utilise the 1.639-mile National circuit. This configuration features the original pit garages and start/finish line, as opposed to the Silverstone Wing complex and current
Grand Prix circuit that was opened in 2011.
The team will take to the track for the first time on Friday (14th October) for two 40-minute Free Practice sessions. Saturday features 30-minutes of Qualifying from 11.25 to 11.55, followed by the first of the weekend’s 18-lap races at 16.00. The second race takes place on 13.20 on Sunday and will be broadcast live on ITV4.
“Silverstone National is one of the shorter tracks we visit. However, it’s wide and quick, with plenty of opportunities to slipstream and have several cars battling side-by-side, so it should be fun. I’ve won races here before so know the place well, especially as it’s essentially my local track. The team’s worked hard improving on pace throughout the season and I’m now hungry for a win. I want to bag one for myself and for Matrix before the season closes. If the opportunity presents itself, I’ll be going for it 100% - so look out!”
“Things went a lot better for me the last time out at Rockingham and I’m hoping that the momentum will continue for Silverstone. After a frustrating start to the season I really want to end it on a high and I think there’s every opportunity to grab a good result at Silverstone. Bring it on!”
“It’s quite short track at Silverstone and I know from experience that it can be difficult to overtake there - especially in the case of a one-make series such as the Clio Cup. Therefore, it’s going to be important to qualify well, not to make any mistakes and then try to take advantage when others do. It’s bound to be tight and I’m looking forward to it.”
Jeff Alden (Team Principal)
“Having scored a third and a second at the last two meetings, it would be great to complete the trilogy this time out. Mike has proved that he has the ability to finish on the podium and the team has the ability to provide him with a car to do so. It’s therefore down to how things go in the two races, which can be difficult to predict in a series as close as the Clio Cup. As always, I look forward to another competitive and enjoyable weekend.”