Ex Rally driver Luke Pinder had to use all of his wet weather driving skills to improve from a disappointing qualifying position into a fantastic second position finish as the Michelin Clio Cup series made its annual visit to the legendary Kent track.
Hampered by a lack of testing because of work pressures at the family firm “City Transport & Storage Ltd,” Pinder actually only got to drive his generation 3 Clio Cup Race car at Brands for the first time on the Friday before qualifying. The Transport Monthly backed driver was disappointed to find himself 6th on the grid for both races and vowed to make up positions in the races. A re started first race in very wet conditions saw Pinder eventually move up to 2nd position before running out of laps whilst chasing down the leader.
On Sunday the second race started in far better conditions, but in the dry it was far more difficult to make forward progress. From 6th on the grid Pinder struggled to pass the cars in front, eventually he climbed up to 4th and was rapidly catching 3rd when again he ran out of laps. He crossed the line on the bumper of the 3rd placed car having closed dramatically in the last couple of laps. “You can only give it your best shot and in the end we moved forward. My fastest lap of the weekend came late in the second race which just shows it was a lack of time in the car at this track that was the problem. But in the end we have scored good points and we can only be happy with that”.