By Sophie Barker
Having impressed onlookers in a stunning first Renault UK Clio Cup weekend at Snetterton, bringing an eighth place in qualifying and eighteenth and tenth places respectively back home to Romford; Nick Reeve returned for his second race weekend at Rockingham Motor Speedway.
Having only driven the Junior Clio Cup car around the Northampton based circuit, the weekend was set to be a struggle from the get-go.
In his own words: "From the start of the weekend we knew going in it was going to be a challenge having not tested there before. Friday was unknown, going in with nothing apart from a junior weekend there struggling for pace, the team and I worked closely to better the set up to get P5."
Come Saturday, the track was still an unknown for both Nick and the team, despite only being nine tenths away from pole position, although he could only scrape a P16. However, as Nick said 'this shows the competitiveness of the Clio Cup Championship.
After a soggy weekend at Snetterton, race 1 at Rockingham was the first dry race the graduate driver had competed in. Chaos ensued as Nick found himself racing forward to eleventh, dropping back to twenty first and taking the chequered flag in fourteenth.
"Race 1 was the first dry race I had done and starting p16 I had to fight forward, getting to 11th on first lap before making a mistake and dropping down to 21st. Maintaining focus I got myself back to 14th to end the race," He said after the race.
Race 2 saw the return of the 'typical british weather' that had been circling the circuit on Sunday. Moving up through the field - once again - during the initial laps, Nick was sitting in ninth before contact with another driver caused him to fall down the grid. With another stellar performance, Nick completed his second Renault UK Clio Cup weekend in thirteenth.
"Overall the weekend was a learning curve," He stated."Teaching us things we need for the remainder of the season to get further up the grid. We will keep fighting and looking forward to the next time out"
Next up: Silverstone 15th-16th September