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Lack of cash puts brake on Randon’s dream

ASHBOURNE racer Sam Randon’s dream of completing another full season in the UK Clio Cup has been hit by a lack of budget.

The 22-year-old admits he will miss the first few rounds of the championship, which starts at Brands Hatch on the first weekend in April, because he does not have the necessary funding. After four successful years in the feeder series, the Michelin Clio Cup Series, racing a generation three race-prepared Renault Clio, Randon had hoped to make the next step in his racing career. That means racing the generation four Clio in nine UK Clio Cup events, between April and September, in front of TV cameras as part of the British Touring Car Championship weekends.

He said: “We’ve been working hard to find new sponsors during the winter and are still talking to several interested parties but, with only two weeks to go until the season kicks off, we have had to accept that we won’t be able to fund a full season.

“I haven’t given up on the dream and will definitely be on the track for several of the races later this year.”

His father, Neil, added: “It’s not the end of the world as a typical campaign to reach success at this level would be for three years and Sam is still quite young so we have plenty of time.

“But lack of track time will put Sam at a disadvantage and this championship is already incredibly competitive, so it makes the challenge even bigger for him.

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“But Sam is determined this is where he wants to be so watch this space!”

Randon finished third in the Michelin Clio Cup Series Championship which came to a climax in October.

Randon tested the generation four car during the winter and loved it.

He said: “The gen four is turbo-charged so gets out of the slow corners very quickly but it was the brakes I loved. With no servo assistance I could jump on the brakes just like a go-kart.”

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Sam hosts Marketing Derby event

22 year old Derbyshire racing driver Sam Randon hosted a packed Marketing Derby event at the prestigious Donington Grand Prix Museum this week.

Marketing Derby promotes the city in order to attract and support investment and comprises many local businesses as bondholders; from small, sole-trader companies to the region’s largest firms, the Bondholder community is a vast and vibrant collection of what makes Derby great.

Bondholder Cactus Images tweeted some great pictures of the event

Bondholders who braved storm Doris were treated to an introduction into Sam’s ‘crazy world of motorsport’ and career goals with an exciting video and presentation, followed by the opportunity to sit in the race car.

Sam raffled off 2 bottles of podium champagne to finish a great night of networking with the local business community.

Local business Gravity Digital having some fun with Sam

Bondholder AWD Developement tweeted “Thanks to @SamRandonRacing for hosting tonight’s @MarketingDerby #bondholder event @DoningtonParkUK. Great evening at a great venue.

XL Banners tweeted “Great turn out for @SamRandonRacing at @DoningtonPark for a @MarketingDerby #bondholder event ‘come join the adventure’

Sam takes third in Championship

SAM Randon is hoping to go up a gear after finishing third in the Michelin Clio Cup Series Championship.

Randon shows off his championship trophy along with race trophy

The Ashbourne racer went into the final event at Silverstone holding on to third place with Luke Pinder snapping at his heels. And despite being forced to retire in race one, he recovered to finish third in race two to make sure he was not overtaken in the final standings.

And now he has his sights on going up a level.
I’m hoping to compete in the UK Clio Cup which races in front of the British Touring Car Championship crowds, which approaches 40,000 people at each event,” he said.

“But it is solely down to funding and we will be working hard over the winter.”

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Randon made a flying start to the first race but after contact from behind, soon found himself in fourth, behind Pinder and desperately trying to gain ground on his rival for third.

I got on his inside coming into club corner onto the pit straight and thought I had the corner won as Luke ran off the circuit,” Randon explained,

but he kept his foot in and when he re-joined the circuit there was heavy contact.”

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Pinder ended up in the wall, while Randon had to retire with his steering seriously damaged. But that was quickly repaired by his Westbourne team and he fared better in the second race. Championship winner James Dorlin won, leaving Randon to battle for second with Brett Lidsey.

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I did actually get past Brett on the penultimate lap down the Hanger straight but my wing mirror had folded in so I couldn’t see where he was behind me and he retook the place on the straight back,” said Randon.

I’m pleased with third in the Championship but still feel I should have been challenging more for the top two places. Qualifying has been my downfall though my starts have been mega.”

Randon, Dorlin and Lidsey battled out race 2 ahead of the field – picture by Phil Laughton

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