Matrix Motorsport gets set for season finale
Press Information - 26th September 2018
Renault UK Clio Cup Rounds 17 & 18 - Team Race Preview
The 2018 Renault UK Clio Cup reaches its season climax this weekend, when the series for identical specification Renault Sport 220 Trophy Clios heads to Brands Hatch for rounds 17 and 18 on Saturday and Sunday 29th & 30th September. With Aaron Thompson taken ill on Tuesday, Matrix Motorsport will field three of its cars and drivers: Jeff Alden #19, Andy Wilmot #21 and Mike Epps #37.
After claiming a third place at Snetterton in July, then a second at Rockingham in August, the team went to Silverstone two weeks ago to see if it could claim the one step of the podium it hasn't yet reached. In the first of the two races Epps was on course to do just that, until he was squeezed off the track by other competitors when challenging for the lead.
Therefore, the gauntlet has been laid and the team is now focused on claiming that so far elusive victory before the season is out. The opportunity will present itself during the weekend's two 12-lap races that are scheduled to start at 16.00 on Saturday and 13.30 on Sunday, with the 18th and final round featured live on ITV4.
All races will be held on the lesser-used 2.433-mile Grand Prix circuit, as opposed to the shorter 1.208-mile 'Indy' version of the track that hosted the first two rounds of the 2018 Renault UK Clio Cup in April. Matrix Motorsport remember the occasion well, with Epps finishing an impressive fourth in its first ever race meeting as a team. Now, with a season of competition behind it, Matrix Motorsport aims to end its inaugural championship campaign on a high - and hopefully on the top step of the podium!
Jeff Alden (Team Principal)
"It feels like it was only yesterday when we were at the media day talking about the season ahead. Now the last round is almost upon us! As far as this weekend is concerned, I can't wait! I have never driven the GP circuit before and I'm looking forward to the fast and flowing sections that follow on from the Indy circuit.
"I remember going to Brands in 1985 for the European GP. Senna was on Pole with Mansell next to him. It was amazing and I got the motorsport bug from that day onwards. I never imagined I would be a Team Principal driving on the same tarmac as the motorsport greats. I feel I've improved race by race this season, so I intend to do my best, enjoy the experience and honour the legends that have gone before me.
"This will be the first meeting of the year where we haven't fielded four cars and Aaron will be missed. All of us in the team wish him a very speedy recovery."
"This is the final event of the season and I want wins! Silverstone didn't allow us the results we could've had so I'm going all out for it this weekend. I absolutely love the Brands GP circuit: heading down the back straight under the bridge towards Hawthorns always puts a smile on my face."
"I really want to end the season on a high, have two good races and get to the finish of both unscathed! I have always loved the Grand Prix circuit but can't deny it's quite hairy in places. I've only raced on it three times before, so I don't have extensive experience once I get off the Indy circuit, but I intend to enjoy the weekend, whether its wet or dry."
Dave Hayes (Team Manager)
"I can't believe how quick our first season as Matrix Motorsport has gone and I think that taking podiums in our inaugural year is a great achievement. All the drivers I've worked with have always had good results on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit. But as we all know, this is the Clio Cup and anything can happen. Even so, I would like to think we'll keep up the good record."