JCB Academy pupil Sam Randon broke his Michelin Clio Cup Series duck last weekend in the final round at Brands Hatch, dominating the racing and taking the overall roadcar win on both days.
Determined to make amends for finishing behind his more experienced team-mate Tommy Ostgaard on six consecutive occasions, the teenager was also keen to impress a new local sponsor, Airglide Ultimate, whose paint finishing system – proven to reduce drag – was applied to Randon’s car during the previous week.
“I’ve been getting closer to teammate Ostgaard’s lap times each weekend so we knew the margin we had to make up,” said Randon, still in his rookie season.
“Reducing aerodynamic drag on the car could only help.”
Saturday qualifying followed a familiar pattern to previous weekends with Randon second on the grid behind Ostgaard, but a blistering start helped him leapfrog the Norwegian into the first corner to take the lead.
With several consistent laps under his belt, Randon was able to pull out a lead and break the tow from the chasing pack to take a comfortable victory.
With renewed confidence, the Ashbourne youngster attacked the Sunday qualifying session determined to consolidate his position.
A spectacular last-minute pole position in qualifying was followed by a lights-to-flag second victory of similar dominance to the previous day.
“I’ve been working so hard all year to beat Tommy, he’s been the man to beat all season and now we’ve managed to do it,” said a thrilled Randon. “I couldn’t have asked for much more this weekend, I’ve done more than I set out to achieve this year so I’m really happy about that.”