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Wakefield learns a lot from Clio Cup season
2:57pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in Sport
COLCHESTER racer Josh Wakefield says he has learned a lot from competing in this season’s Renault UK Clio Cup.
The 21-year-old wrapped up his 2013 campaign with a battling performance for Scuderia Vittoria in torrential ran and gale force winds at Brands Hatch.
Wakefield is already making future plans and it looks increasingly likely he will return to a rear-wheel-drive car, as he considers his options for next season.
Wakefield said: “I would have liked to have achieved a podium but it’s been educational and we’ve been there or thereabouts towards the end of the year.
“Although, having had a fair amount of success previously in rear-wheel-drive cars, I have to say that I don’t feel I’ve had a chance to show my potential in the Clio.”
Wakefield started in 12th place on the sixth row of the grid and was in the thick of the action, as the field dipped down Paddock Hill Bend for the first time.
Staying out of harm’s way he was a beneficiary of countless incidents, showing plenty of determination to surge up the order and finish a respectable ninth.
“I wasn’t far off the pace and I seemed to have a good start,”added Wakefield, who made the significant switch to front-wheel-drive Renault Clio this season.
“I had to avoid various incidents on the opening lap and lost a few places there.
“It was an extraordinarily eventful race with many drivers taking themselves off, while others held each other up while battling to stay on the circuit.
“I somehow managed to recover a lot of ground.”
Scuderia Vittoria team boss Danny Buxton said: “It was a bit disappointing to end the 2013 Renault UK Clio Cup season with such a manic, incident-filled race.
“As it was, Josh drove incredibly well.”
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