MOTORSPORT: Awesome Aaron a cut above rest at Silverstone

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Aaron Williamson showed he’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the Renault UK Clio Cup this season after delivering a devastating display of speed at Silverstone.

Holbeach Drove car racer Williamson, who is returning to the Cup with his own Team AWR, set the fastest lap of the day at the official pre-season test session and media day on Thursday.

Williamson, a former Renault UK Clio Cup Winter Series champion, clocked a rapid 1.05.847mins (89.68mph) during the third of four sessions. Little more than 0.1 seconds covered the top six drivers on combined times, with Westbourne’s James Colburn (Worthing) second fastest.

Next up for Williamson and the Renault UK Clio Cup contingent is officially timed pre-event practice at Brands Hatch tomorrow, for the opening race weekend of 2013. Qualifying for rounds one and two is scheduled to take place at noon on Saturday (March 30), with both encounters following on Easter Sunday at 10.20am and 3.35pm respectively.

Meanwhile, AWR have announced their team members for the forthcoming season. They are: Aaron Williamson (team owner & driver); Steve Williamson (team manager); Maurice Hayden (chief engineer); Tony Dove (tyre & fuel management); Nick Carter (mechanic); Harry Campy (apprentice mechanic); Anton Dove (MI sponsor liaison); Simon Spencer (Sopp + Sopp liaison); Lorraine Dove, Sophie Dove & Julie Bowles (all catering).