Highland racers Dave Newsham and Lewis Williamson are hoping to shine in front of their home crowd this weekend as Renault Sport’s two BTCC support race championships return to Knockhill after a four year absence.
Dave from Inverness and Golspie racer Lewis will lead the home grown talent at the 1.3-mile Dunfermline track on 4th/5th September when the ELF Renault Clio Cup with Michelin series and the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship join the British Touring Car Championship.
Clio Cup racer Dave, 43, has dominated the one-make series with 12 poles and 10 wins to his name and could secure the 2010 title on home soil. Meanwhile 20-year-old Formula Renault UK driver Lewis is just 11-points behind the championship leader with three race wins to his name together with a string of podiums.
To date, the two front-runners have had to travel thousands of miles from their homes to compete at tracks such as Thruxton in Hampshire and Kent’s Brands Hatch and for once both are looking forward to having the rest of the Renault Sport field come to them.
Indeed, it’s been four years since the two championships last raced at Knockhill due to calendar clashes with World Series by Renault. Back then Sebastian Hohenthal and Sam Bird secured the Formula Renault UK honours while Paul Rivett and Tom Onslow-Cole shared the spoils in the Clio Cup.
Dave, who races for leading Clio Cup team Pyro, said: “I can’t wait to be racing in front of my home crowd and to have so many friends, family members and sponsors cheering me on. This weekend I can secure the title which would be amazing so I’m going all out for the wins. In fact I would be absolutely gutted if I didn’t take at least one victory this weekend so expect some very close racing and for me to be on two wheels a lot!”
Lewis, run by Tony Shaw’s Manor Competition team, added: “Having spent so much of the season travelling to circuits in the south it’s great that we’re going to be on my turf this weekend and I can’t wait to get back in the car and hopefully on to the podium.”
Formula Renault UK is regarded by many as the country’s leading single-seater championship, launching the car racing careers of Formula One stars including Pedro de La Rosa, Heikki Kovalainen and Formula One World Champions Kimi Räikkönen and Lewis Hamilton.
The Clio Cup is the UK’s premier one-make saloon car championship, offering thrilling racing in identical cars based on the road-going Clio Renaultsport 200 which was recently voted Best Hot Hatch in its price category by What Car? magazine.