This weekend, Jerzy Spinkiewicz continued his domination in the Clio Cup Middle East, whilst future Renault official driver Tom Pieri put in an exceptional showing on the Rallye Sainte-Baume - Rallycircuit, not to mention more success for Clio Rally5 in Italy!
Clio Cup Middle East
After winning the first three races of the season, Jerzy Spinkiewicz extended his unbeaten record with two further Clio Cup Middle East wins at the Dubai Autodrome. The Pole first won ahead of Challengers Yashish Manohar and Lin Chen Han before doing the same against Vasily Vladykin and Yashish Manohar. Jerzy Spinkiewicz increased his lead in the general classification over the chase group led by Lin Chen Han from Taiwan, who is now only three points ahead of India’s Yashish Manohar in the Challengers Cup. First-time Gentlemen Drivers Cup winner Rahil Taneja from India doubled his lead over his closest rivals, Britain’s Kevin Day and UAE’s Ahmed Al Melaihi. The competitors will be back in action from 6 to 8 January 2023 at Yas Marina for the third meeting of the season.
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Tom Pieri, a future official Renault driver by virtue of his best Junior final position in the 2022 Clio Trophy France Asphalte, put in a superb performance on the Rallye Sainte-Baume - Rallycircuit. With co-driver Fabien Cortes by his side on home soil, the Frenchman finished sixth in the event to make Clio Rally5 the only front-wheel-drive car among the four-wheel-drive Rally2 and R-GT entries in the top ten.
In Italy, Marco Zanin and Massimo Moriconi with Clio Rally5 won their class in the Prealpi Master Show. In addition to their victory, they also won the Under 25 category against competitors with cars from the superior categories. Meanwhile, Clio Rally5 won the Rally Il Ciocchetto with Massimo Garbarino and Francesco Perugia. At the same time, Jakub Vlček took Clio Rally4 to third place in the F3 class on the snowy stages of Rentor RallyCup Kopřivnice X (Czech Republic).
Season two of the Clio Ice Trophy is about to begin. On Wednesday, the competitors will meet for G0, the collective pre-season test session of the GSeries on the Pas de la Casa Circuit in Andorra. Each of the cars on track will have six seven-lap runs between 5 pm and 8.30 pm to fine-tune their set-up ahead of the first event scheduled for Saturday 7 January 2023!