Lidsey targets strong results
Brett Lidsey is eyeing a strong and consistent start to the new Renault UK Clio Cup season, when it begins at Brands Hatch this coming weekend, 7th/8th April, in support of the prestigious Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. Remaining with the MRM squad for the 2018 championship, the team with which the 26-year-old contested selected rounds last year, Lidsey is determined to build on the top 10 results he achieved at Thruxton, Silverstone and on the full length Grand Prix Circuit at Brands.
The weekend’s Renault UK Clio Cup curtain-raiser will take place on the venue’s short 1.2-mile Indy Circuit configuration where the Kent racer has enjoyed strong results in the past – not least in the club level Michelin Clio Cup Race Series where he was a race winner in 2016. Arriving in the blue riband UK category last season as Vice-Champion of the Clio Cup Race Series, the Liftout, GHR Scaffolding Ltd, GPL Projects Ltd, Certus Security and Dornack-supported driver is now ready to mount a major push in the 2018 Renault UK Clio Cup where consistency is key.
“We’re pretty happy with how things have gone so far in testing, obviously we only did a handful of races last year in the UK championship but we were competitive at every track we visited and the aim is to really build on that this year”, said Lidsey, “Everyone knows how tough the Clio Cup is, and there are plenty of very quick and experienced drivers in the championship again this year, but we’re not here to make up the numbers. If we can start the season with some consistent top six or top eight results, that will be a strong place to begin from and build throughout the year. If we can get in the mix for the podium, even better.”
In addition to his ninth place finish at Brands Hatch last year in the current fourth generation Clio Cup car, Lidsey has enjoyed good podium success at his home venue in the previous generation car in the Clio Cup Series – including his 2016 victory – and also in the Canons Motor Spares Tin Top Saloons where he began his four-wheeled track career in 2011.