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Lack of testing compromises Donington
Ashbourne racer Sam Randon proved he could run with the best at a sun soaked Donington Park this weekend as he finished a creditable sixth position in what was the half-way point of his championship season in the Michelin Clio Cup Series.
Against some very experienced and capable drivers, including one ex-British Touring Car driver, the 19 year old JCB apprentice overcame a serious disadvantage of having never driven the 1.96 mile circuit in the dry before his qualifying session on Saturday.
“We have no testing budget” explained Randon “and the test day attached to this weekend (Thursday) was wet so I had no chance to find a dry line before the all-important qualifying session which was a disaster really.”
Danny Buxton, SV Racing’s team principal and Sam’s mentor explained “Ironically Sam was the fastest driver out there in wet testing which was an incredible achievement in itself, but Donington is an unforgiving circuit in places and can punish one small mistake for a large portion of the lap. Both Sam and his teammate suffered the same fate lining up a disappointing 10th and 11th on the grid for the weekends racing.”
Last minute instructions from coach Jack Goff
With a growing portfolio of local sponsors, the Randon team found themselves developing more new skills in the entertainment of sponsor guests and supporters with a full hospitality tent on both race days.
Sam’s father Neil added “This is an important part of the sport and we are learning as we go, but the awning had a real buzz about it this weekend and we’ve had some great feedback. It is a balancing act as we have to allow Sam to concentrate and prepare for his races, but he was also able to spend time explaining his craft to the guests and showing them around his car. We were lucky with the weather but it seems to have been a huge success”.
Swadlincote based Greenbank Group are the latest company to financially back the young driver.