Upcoming female racer Jessica King hailed the Renault UK Clio Cup machine as the best car she has ever driven following her test on the Silverstone GP circuit on Monday. Currently sitting second in the BRSCC Quaife Fiesta Championship Class D standings, Jessica is evaluating her future options as she aims to continue her progression up the motorsport ladder. King immediately felt at one with the car as she improved her lap times throughout the day and is eager to take part in further test days as the season progresses.
After making her way up from the Fiesta Junior Championship, Jessica contested Class D of the BRSCC Fiesta Championship last season and has become a regular podium finisher in her second year in the series, with a maiden victory coming at Silverstone. The amazing opportunity of testing a Renault UK Clio Cup car was one Jessica couldn’t refuse as she took to the historic Silverstone GP circuit on Monday. Despite changeable conditions in the morning, King was determined to familiarise herself with the car and immediately found her rhythm as she set a series of competitive lap times. During the course of the day, her confidence in the car grew with Jessica being able to attack the circuit and push to the car to its limits. After a hugely successful first day in the Renault UK Clio Cup car, King is optimistic that she will be given more opportunities to showcase her skills in order to take her racing career to the next level.
For many years the Renault UK Clio Cup has been the pinnacle of one-make tin top racing in the UK with multiple British Touring Car Championship race winners having previously competed in the series. The close and competitive nature of the racing helps the series to secure its place as a fan favourite on the TOCA package with grids regularly in excess of 20 cars gracing the top circuits in the country. However, the series has been without a female driver for a number of years and with Jessica’s excellent track record, she will be hopeful of securing sponsors in order to consider the prestigious championship a stepping stone in her already impressive career.
King’s test in the Renault UK Clio Cup car came off the back of a mixed weekend in the BRSCC Quaife Fiesta Championship at Snetterton where she took one podium finish, in addition to her first retirement of the season. During practice and qualifying, Jessica’s pace was strong as she recorded the fourth fastest time in practice, before improving to an impressive second in qualifying.
The first race of the weekend saw Jessica involved in a close battle for the lead throughout the nine lap event with fastest laps being exchanged between the drivers. King dropped to third on the opening lap but quickly regained the position before a fantastic battle with Jamie White during the middle portion of the race saw her lose out to her rival. Despite staying within touching distance to the drivers ahead, Jessica ended the race in third; however this took her highly impressive podium tally to five in the first seven races of the season.
With King showing superb pace in the opening race, she was confident of a further podium result in race two and believed she could challenge for the class victory. Unfortunately due to contact from another driver on the opening lap, Jessica was forced to retire as a result of damage sustained in the incident. It was a disappointing way to end the weekend but with the dropped points rule in effect in the BRSCC Quaife Fiesta Championship, this enables drivers’ worst scores not to count towards the overall championship standings.
Jessica is currently sitting second in the BRSCC Quaife Fiesta Championship Class D standings taking dropped scores into account, with the young driver very much in contention for the title. The experiences gained from testing the Renault UK Clio Cup car will only serve as further motivation for King who has proved she has the talent to win races in one of the most competitive one-make championships in the country.
Jessica would like to thank Brian for giving her the opportunity to test the Renault UK Clio Cup car as well as Jade Developments for all their help on the day and her parents for their continued support throughout her racing career.