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Finlay CrockerThe FleetMatics-backed Finlay Crocker is in a jubilant mood following a momentous maiden outing on Germany’s infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife (17-19 May).

The daunting 14-mile circuit, nicknamed ‘The Green Hell’, hosted the 41st running of the legendary Nurbugring 24 Hours endurance race, as well as a prestigious bill of supporting action that included the Renault/MINI Trophy for both Clio Cup and MINI Challenge machinery.

With 147 corners – including the notorious 180-degree Karussel turn – as well as adverse cambers, blind rises and an unpredictable climate, the Nordschleife deserves its infamous reputation for pushing both man and machinery to the limit.

It’s a formidable opponent at the best of times, yet a rain-soaked track surface made Crocker’s first sortie on the 14-mile circuit on Friday (17 May) all the more unnerving.

Scuderia Vittoria’s Crocker, backed by FleetMatics – a provider of real-time GPS fleet tracking and management systems – acclimatised well to the lay-out and went progressively quicker as the weekend wore on to end Saturday’s (18 May) dry qualifying session within 40 seconds of the pole time.

“I was told before the session that if I got within a minute of pole I should be very satisfied,” said Crocker. “I was really surprised to hear that because we usually talk in terms of tenths, hundredths or even thousandths of a second on short circuits in the Renault UK Clio Cup, but they were absolutely right. I may have qualified 17th, but the guys in the team were delighted and so enthusiastic.”

Sunday’s highly-anticipated race got off to a positive start for Crocker and his Scuderia Vittoria team, as he made up several places as a result of a rapid getaway and a first-corner incident involving two of his competitors.

The Scot was 12th as the field headed out into the Eifel Mountains but had his race ruined when a collision left him with a bent rear axle and severe front-end damage, including misaligned steering.

However, he stubbornly continued on his way and, against all odds, nursed his ailing Clio across the finish line to conclude his first ever race at the Nurburgring in 21st place.

“Another driver got a run on me once we got onto the Nordschleife and tried an ambitious move around the outside through one of the high-speed left-handers,” Crocker explained. “He bounced off the barriers and collected me as he returned to the track. The move was never on. It wasn’t an overtaking place.

“I was disappointed to have been denied an opportunity to translate the pace we showed in qualifying into a result, but the whole event far exceeded my expectations,” said Crocker. “We went there to do the best job we could and we had an absolutely amazing time. I just wanted to continue driving – I’ve never had so much fun in my life!”

Crocker continued: “I can’t thank FleetMatics enough for their support because without them none of it would have been possible. In addition, I must thank Scuderia Vittoria, as well as my engineer Jay Cox. The experience was so amazing because of the people I shared it with.”

Scuderia Vittoria Team Manager, Tom Ferrier, added: “It was a brilliant weekend for Finlay and the team – it’s an incredible event and it was great to see Finlay so enthused.

“I was impressed that after only eight flying laps, four of which were in the wet, he was within 40 seconds of the quickest time in qualifying. I was gutted that he didn’t get the race he wanted, but we’re still very pleased and want to thank FleetMatics for providing us with the opportunity of contesting such a fantastic event.”

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Finlay CrockerLeading team Scuderia Vittoria suffered a mixed weekend of emotion in the Renault UK Clio Cup season opener at Brands Hatch (30/31 March), with Finlay Crocker proving to be the cream of the crop, whilst the team’s championship challengers struggled to get off the mark in Britain’s premier one-make saloon car championship.

A difficult qualifying session saw KX Akademy backed Stefan Hodgetts and Ant Whorton-Eales line up in 12th and 13th position respectively for Round 1 of the competitive championship.

Both drivers soon redeemed themselves on the start however. Stefan Hodgetts, a Vice Champion in the series back in 2007, drove impeccably, to storm through the field to fourth position before receiving a drive-through for exceeding the track limits, dashing his hopes of a strong points finish.

Whorton-Eales, who remained in close pursuit of Hodgetts for the duration of the race, took the chequered flag in sixth position behind Paul Rivett.

Finlay Crocker opened his 2013 account with a Masters Cup victory after completing the race in 17th position. The One Call Insurance backed driver was able to finish the race three places higher than his nearest challenger, Graham Field.

Round 2 of the championship saw Hodgetts line up on the grid in ninth position, whilst Whorton-Eales followed in 13th. Both drivers gained a textbook start, with Whorton-Eales surging through the field to briefly sit in second position, before slipping back into the clutches of Files, who made contact with Whorton-Eales, damaging his steering in the process.

With nothing between the first eight cars out at the front, Whorton-Eales and Hodgetts sat in fifth and seventh position respectively, unable to progress despite making tireless attempts.

An impressive start from Scuderia Vittoria newcomer Josh Wakefield saw him gain no less than ten places on his first lap encounter.

The former British GT4 contender continued to fight for a debut top ten finish but slipped back to 13th position as the race progressed, whilst karting ace Devon Modell drove a superb second race to work his way from 18th to 11th over 21 laps.

The conclusion of Round 2 would see Crocker do the double after fending off reigning class champion Simon Belcher, the pairing were locked in a tight battle for position during the closing stages.

Ronnie Klos suffered a weekend of bad luck on his return to the one-make series. After making possibly two of the best starts on the grid in both races, the Scotsman failed to finish both races, but will be sure to get his campaign back on track next time out.

Speaking of an eventful first weekend in the Renault UK Clio Cup, Scuderia Vittoria Director Danny Buxton is sure that the team can get back on track at Donington Park in 3 weeks time.

“We’ve had a weekend full of ups and downs,” said Buxton. “It wasn’t the best qualifying session for us, but the guys got stuck in and did whatever they could to recover in both races.”

“I’m convinced that we have a championship winning package, so we’ll continue to work hard with the drivers to ensure that we are on top at Donington Park.”

“I couldn’t have asked anymore of Finlay Crocker this weekend, I’m delighted that he has come away from Brands Hatch with two Masters Cup victories. I’m sure that he’ll be right on it again at Donington Park with Ronnie Klos in close pursuit.”

The Renault UK Clio Cup will burst back into action in three weeks time at Leicestershire’s Donington Park on 20/21 April.

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Photo by Matt Hill Photography.

Leading team Scuderia Vittoria roll into the Brands Hatch this weekend (30/31 March), in search of the perfect start to their 2013 Renault UK Clio Cup campaign.

The series front-runners, renowned for leading KX Akademy and One Call Insurance backed Stefan Hodgetts to four victories in 2012, head to the Kent circuit meaning business after expanding their operation to no less than six cars during the winter break.

Whilst Hodgetts remains with the team for another title shot in 2013, fellow KX Akademy member, Ant Whorton-Eales, will also join him to bolster Scuderia Vittoria’s efforts from the off.

Ronnie Klos and Finlay Crocker return to the frame for a second season in 2013 with support from One Call insurance, having both proved to be serious Masters Cup contenders in 2012.

The pairing return to Brands Hatch this weekend not only aiming to make the Masters Cup their own, but to also challenge for regular top-ten finishes in Britain’s premier one-make saloon car championship.

Devon Modell and Josh Wakefield both make debuts in the series this weekend. Modell, a former karting ace, and Wakefield, a former British GT4 contender, will be aiming to be right on the pace after a successful winter testing programme.

“I’m feeling very confident ahead of Brands Hatch this weekend,” said Scuderia Vittoria Director Danny Buxton. “The quality of the team that we possess this year is something quite special.”

“Winter testing has gone very well and I’m sure that the guys will show well this weekend.”

“I would like to thank One Call Insurance and KX Akademy for their continued support in 2013, it would be great to repay them with two wins to start the season!”

For more updates on Scuderia Vittoria please like their Facebook page, or alternatively you can follow @ScudVittoria on Twitter.

CrockerFormer Renault UK Clio Cup Vice Champion and multiple race-winner, Stefan Hodgetts, will return to the renowned series in 2013 with Scuderia Vittoria alongside his One Call Insurance counterparts Finlay Crocker and Ronnie Klos.

Hodgetts, a runner-up in Britain’s premier one-make saloon car championship in 2007, returned midway through the 2012 season to snatch four dominant victories on his way to seventh position in the championship standings with One Call Insurance and KX Akademy backing.

Scottish racers Crocker and Klos will return for a second campaign in the championship that is set to entertain capacity crowds in 2013, whilst also boasting live ITV4 coverage over eight weekends of racing.

Crocker and Klos impressed in their debut season, both challenging for Masters Cup honours throughout, and for 2013 the pairing will be aiming to continue their surge through the pack to challenge some of the country’s most promising racing talent.

“I’m delighted to be able to confirm Stefan for a full campaign with Scuderia Vittoria in 2013,” said Scuderia Vittoria Director, Danny Buxton. “To have continued support from One Call Insurance and the KX Akademy is brilliant.”

“Ronnie had a very strong second half of the season after spending eight years away from racing, I really expect him to be fighting for top ten positions now that he has gained knowledge of the circuits, he will really be gunning for the Masters Cup title this year.”

“Finlay was very impressive in 2012, he has been training very hard over the off-season and mixed with the speed that he possesses, I think that he can be right up there in contention, especially at his best circuits such as Thruxton, Brands Hatch GP and Donington.”

“The Scot’s mean business this year, and after a few days testing, acclimatising to the new Dunlop tyres, they will be right on it!”

The Renault UK Clio Cup will get underway at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit on 30th/31st March 2013.

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Photo by Jakon Ebrey Photography.

Ronnie KlosLeading team Scuderia Vittoria remain in contention for a positive points haul ahead rounds 13 & 14 of the AirAsia Renault Clio Cup at Silverstone, despite KX Akademy and One Call Insurance backed Stefan Hodgetts, posting an eighth fastest lap time of 1 minute 05.572 seconds, during qualifying for Britain’s premier one-make saloon car championship.

With less than a second separating the first 20 cars on the grid, the former Clio Cup Vice Champion is eager to use his race-craft to an advantage as he hunts down his fifth podium finish of the season.

“We had a difficult session today, we’re two tenths off pole and we’re eighth,” explained Hodgetts. “It’s the most competitive one-make championship in the country and it was always going to be close on the National Circuit layout though.”

“I’m looking forward to getting back in the car tomorrow, I think that if we get a good start then we can certainly be in the running for some podium finishes this weekend.”

2008 Scottish Mini Champion Vic Covey will line up in 11th position for round 13 as he continues in his quest to stabilise tenth position in the championship standings ahead of Juta Racing’s Ignas Gelzinis.

Having proved his worth during a maiden campaign in the Clio Cup, Covey has established himself as a top-ten regular in the championship and will be keen to extend his four-point lead over Gelzinis, who starts in ninth position.

“I’m happy to have qualified on the edge of the top ten,” said Covey. “I’m not a huge fan of the National Circuit, Gelzinis starts in P9 however, so I’m determined to hold on to my tenth position in the championship standings when we go racing.”

Ronnie Klos and Finley Crocker endured a testing session due to the ultra-competitive nature of racing on the National Circuit layout. The pairing still find themselves in contention for Masters Cup honours ahead of rounds 13 & 14 at the Northamptonshire venue however.

“To see 20 cars on the grid within a second of each other shows just how tight it is on times around here,” said Klos.

“After showing strong pace at Rockingham, I’m a little disappointed to have qualified in P19, but there is still everything to play for as all the Masters Cup competitors qualified so close together.”

Crocker added, “Silverstone National Circuit is a track that I favor but it just goes to show how competitive it has been in qualifying today.”

“Starting from P20 isn’t ideal, so I have a lot of work to do tomorrow to stay in contention with Simon Belcher who qualified P17, I think that we’re more than capable of rising to the challenge though.

Rounds 13 & 14 of the AirAsia Renault Clio Cup will get underway tomorrow (Sunday, 7th October), at 09:45 and 16:25 respectively.

Live coverage of the ultra-competitive one-make series can be seen on ITV4 and ITV4 HD. For more updates throughout the race weekend, please like Scuderia Vittoria’s Facebook page or follow @ScudVittoria on Twitter.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Finlay CrockerLeading AirAsia Renault Clio Cup team Scuderia Vittoria completed a weekend full of highs and lows at Northamptonshire’s 1.94 mile, Rockingham Motor Speedway yesterday (Sunday, 23rd September), as Britain’s premier one-make saloon car championship played support to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at the renowned venue.
After an eventful start to the weekend in qualifying, the action continued in a dry round 11 as the pack of aspiring racers headed down to Deene for the first time.

The Scuderia Vittoria quartet of Stefan Hodgetts, Vic Covey, Finlay Crocker and Ronnie Klos got away well off the start line, gaining numerous positions in the opening stages of the lap.

Disaster soon struck at Chapman Curve when an over-eager Crocker made contact with teammate Covey, immediately demoting the 2008 Scottish Mini Challenge Champion down the order.

Despite Covey’s impressive performances throughout his maiden season in the Clio Cup, the pacey Scot would only manage to work his way back to complete the race in 15th position at the chequered flag.

One Call Insurance and KX Akademy backed Stefan Hodgetts, made up for his fifth row qualifying performance instantly, surging from 11th to 6th by the end of the second lap.

Maintaining 6th position throughout a significant amount of the race, the championship front-runner, who has been a real force to be reckoned with since his return to the championship at Oulton Park, tirelessly fought to close in on Team Pyro’s Adam Bonham for fifth, until his hopes of completing the race were dashed on the final lap at Brook after contact with Westbourne Motorsport’s Ant Whorton-Eales.

Ronnie Klos’ continued to impress on his first outing at Rockingham Motor Speedway, the One Call Insurance backed Scot made a tremendous start off the line and worked his way up to as high as 12th, before out-breaking himself at Deene in the latter stages of the race.

After showing well in the first half of the race, Crocker ran well to complete round 11 in a creditable 12th position, whilst also earning a 2nd place finish in the Masters Class, to keep him in touch with Handy Motorsport’s Simon Belcher at the top of the standings.

Due to a change in weather, the second race of the weekend saw round 12 of the AirAsia Renault Clio Cup start from behind the safety car for a two lap period due to the wet conditions on track.

Hodgetts and Covey immediately impressed as the race got underway, quickly establishing themselves in the top ten during the opening stages of the race, until a spin from Covey on lap 7, left Hodgetts to tussle with Team Pyro’s Josh Files on his own.

Hodgetts progressed, running as high as sixth, but with the car suffering with some battle scars from round 11, the multiple Clio Cup winner could only complete the race in eighth, with Covey crossing the line in 18th.

Ronnie Klos’s run of poor luck continued despite his impressive showing throughout the weekend. An issue with the windscreen led to poor visibility in the second race ending his race early on lap 9.

The best efforts of Crocker were not quite enough to strengthen his Masters Cup ambitions. Crocker crossed the line in 13th position meaning that he will head to Silverstone in two weeks’ time with Belcher holding a 35 point lead in the standings with only four races remaining.

Stefan Hodgetts said:

“We suffered quite a bit of damage from the first race including the Track Rod, which meant that we really struggled in the second race as a whole. An issue with the door also made it very hard for me to see during the second race as the car kept steaming up.”

“The good news is that we will have a new shell for Silverstone which is just what we need on that type of layout. I expect to be right up there fighting for victories.”

Vic Covey said:

“We didn’t have the best of luck in race one this weekend. I made a good start but unfortunately Finlay tapped me at turn four, which happens in racing, it meant that I could only recover to finish 15th.”

“Race two was much better for me, during the opening stages of the race we were very competitive and I kept up with Stefan as we tried to work our way through the field. An error at the hairpin saw me out brake myself, dropping me to 18th in the process which was unfortunate. I’m just looking forward to getting back out on track at Silverstone now, hopefully we can have a strong end to the season.”

Finlay Crocker said:

“I made a good start in race one and ran well on the first half of the lap, but then I made a little bit of an ambitious move on Vic at turn 4 which lost us some time. I was still able to work my way up to 12th which I think was really good considering the error.”

“I couldn’t see a thing in race two, the windscreen just totally misted up during the race. I feel that I still carried a relatively good pace, but with my visibility issues it was just a case of getting to the end of the race. Onwards and upwards, I’m raring to go for Silverstone.”

Ronnie Klos said:

“Race one was brilliant for us, the car felt awesome, it’s just a shame that we got given the grid penalty after qualifying on Saturday. I was running well in 12th but I out-broke myself two laps from the end which ruined my race.”

“My windows started to steam in the collecting area before the second race so I knew that we were going to have an issue. The race got underway and it didn’t get any better, I couldn’t see to take the right lines. Despite pushing hard, it would have been too dangerous to stay out there.”

“Overall, I’m happy with the progress that I have made this weekend, to have been so competitive is brilliant and I can’t wait to get back in the car at Silverstone.”

Scuderia Vittoria will resume action at Silverstone circuit in two weeks for the penultimate round of the 2012 AirAsia Renault Clio Cup.

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Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Ronnie KlosLeading team Scuderia Vittoria took away the positives from AirAsia Renault Clio Cup qualifying at Northamptonshire’s Rockingham Motor Speedway this afternoon (Saturday, 22nd September), after an eventful start to the weekend for the series front-runners.

The London based outfit, who have done nothing but impress in Britain’s premier one-make saloon car championship since their debut in 2011, were dealt a small setback as front-runner Stefan Hodgetts qualified in 11th position ahead of Sunday’s (23rd September) racing action.

Despite a strong showing in Friday testing, KX Akademy and One Call Insurance backed Hodgetts, posted a fastest lap time of 1 minute 30.474 ahead of rounds 11 & 12 at the renowned 1.94 mile circuit.

“I had a bit of a difficult session,” explained Hodgetts. “We didn’t quite have the speed in the car that we had in testing yesterday, so we’ll line up 11th, half a second off pole.

“It’s extremely tight obviously with 11 cars covered by just half a second. We should have been quicker, but we’ll have a look at the data, the car, and try to figure out where the time is.”

“A lot of people would have their head down, but I’ll keep my chin up, I’m a battler. We can definitely get on the podium from 11th, that shouldn’t be much of a problem, especially if we have a bit of rain. I’m always good in a race situation.”

“We’ve got to make a good start and see what we can do. We’re certainly not giving up, it just makes me want to try even harder to get the result for the team.”

One Call Insurance backed Ronnie Klos produced a superb performance on his first visit to Rockingham, the Clio Cup newcomer set a fastest lap time of 1 minute 30.892 seconds only to be handed a four place grid penalty due to an incident involving Total Control Racing’s Nic Hamilton last time out at Snetterton 300. The ever-popular Scot will now line up in 18th and 20th position for tomorrow’s race action.

“The session today was good because I visited Rockingham five weeks ago on a track day with Danny Buxton,” said Klos. “I’ve never raced here before, so the tuition that Danny gave me, enabled me to come here in a good position ahead of the weekend.”

“I’m understanding the car and the tyres better now, I’ve got the confidence, and to be eight tenths off pole position today, is unbelievable.”

2008 Scottish Mini Challenge Champion Vic Covey, benefits from Klos’ demotion for Round 11 tomorrow, lining up 14th as he looks to strengthen his 10th position in the championship standings, whilst Masters Cup challenger Finlay Crocker will start the race in 19th.

“My car was pushing but still I’ve never raced here before,” said Covey. “Unfortunately I didn’t get enough running in the dry yesterday, especially on a new set of tyres, so it was a steep learning curve.”

“I’m 14th but I wanted to be in the top 10, tomorrow is another day however, I want to stay out of trouble for race one, push on as much as I can, and nail it in race two.”

Crocker added, “Testing yesterday was quite difficult for us, so today it was all about going out, and getting a feel for it.”

“The first set of tyres on the car felt good and put me in 13th position. I came in to put on my second set and we seemed to lose a bit of balance in the car, there was a lot more understeer which was unfortunate.”

“I know that there’s still more to come tomorrow and I’m looking forward to round 11 where I hope to work my way through the order.”

Rounds 11 & 12 of the AirAsia Renault Clio Cup will get underway tomorrow (Sunday, 23rd September), at 10:40 and 15:50 respectively.

Live coverage of the ultra-competitive one-make series can be seen on ITV4 and ITV4 HD. For more updates throughout the race weekend, please like Scuderia Vittoria’s Facebook page or follow @ScudVittoria on Twitter.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Scuderia VittoriaLondon based Scuderia Vittoria roll in to Northamptonshire’s 1.94 mile, Rockingham Motor Speedway this weekend (22/23 September), as rounds 11 & 12 of the AirAsia Renault Clio Cup get underway in support of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship weekend at Europe’s fastest racing circuit.
One Call Insurance backed Scuderia Vittoria, a leading team in Britain’s premier one-make saloon car championship since it came to fruition at the start of 2011, will be aiming to lead the charge at the Northamptonshire venue as they look to conclude their 2012 campaign in impressive fashion.

Stefan Hodgetts has been the name on everybody’s lips since his re-introduction to the series at Oulton Park back in June. After scooping two dominant victories followed by a further two podiums at Snetterton 300, the KX Akademy backed driver will be eager to dominate the proceedings this weekend.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back in the car at Rockingham,” explained Hodgetts. “It’s a circuit that remains quite close to my heart as I work there in the week as an instructor, it has a great layout.”

“Scuderia Vittoria have provided me with a very good package so I really want to go out there and bag two more victories. I think that our consistency over the last two rounds has certainly showed that we will be a force to be reckoned with this weekend.”

“I would also like to thank One Call Insurance and KX Akademy for the opportunity that they have given me, without them I wouldn’t be out on track this weekend.”

2008 Scottish Mini Challenge Champion Vic Covey, has enjoyed a strong maiden campaign in the Clio Cup to date, entering the weekend situated in tenth position in the championship standings as the season draws to a close.

Having established himself well inside the top ten on a regular basis, Covey will be looking to beat his personal best finish of eighth position, whilst hunting down his front-running championship counterparts.

“I can’t wait to arrive at Rockingham this weekend,” said Covey. “I’m really looking forward to building on the top eight finishes that we have produced so far this season.”

“I haven’t driven at Rockingham previously but I’m ready to take on the challenge. Danny Buxton and Tim Mullen will do the track walk with me on Friday so I’ll be hoping to pick up some good tips, the atmosphere should also be brilliant with two races on Sunday.”

Finlay Crocker visits Rockingham Motor Speedway for the second time this weekend, having previously competed there in a Clio Cup car back in 2007.

Crocker, who took Masters Cup glory in round 10 at Snetterton 300, will be aiming for a solid performance as he looks to close the 30-point gap that Team Pyro’s Simon Belcher currently holds at the top of the Masters Cup standings.

“My aim without a doubt is to challenge for another Masters Cup win this weekend,” said Crocker. “I think that this is the longest period that I have been out of the car so far this season, I’m eager to get back to racing and pick up where I left off in round ten at Snetterton 300 last time out.”

Despite a non-finish in round 10 at Snetterton 300, Ronnie Klos drew the plaudits in what was his strongest showing in the Clio Cup to date at the Norfolk venue that he had never previously raced on.

Working his way up from 23rd to 17th during the opening stages of the race, Klos was collected by TCR’s Nicolas Hamilton on lap five whilst challenging Ant Whorton-Eales for position.

Ahead of the weekend, Klos remains confident of taking more positive steps forward in Northamptonshire with just three meetings remaining.

“Rockingham is a new circuit to me but I have had a very successful track day there with Danny prior to the weekend,” explained Klos.

“With the experience that I gained from the track day, I will really be pushing to earn my highest finish in the Clio Cup this weekend, the setting also couldn’t be better for me as I have a property just 15 minutes away.”

The AirAsia Renault Clio Cup will get underway with qualifying on Saturday, 22nd September, at 16:00. Rounds 11 & 12 will get underway on Sunday, 23rd September at 10:40 and 15:50 respectively.

Live coverage of the ultra-competitive one-make series can be seen on ITV4 and ITV4 HD. For more updates throughout the race weekend, please like Scuderia Vittoria’s Facebook page or follow @ScudVittoria on Twitter.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.