Racers off to flying start in debut season

One of the race cars giving rides round the Snetterton circuit at the Charity Race Day Experience on Saturday will be the Apple Car Centre 2.0-litre RenaultSport Clio which has stormed on to the track.

In their first year of racing, drivers Ray Honeybone, a partner in Apple Car Centre in Station Road, Attleborough, and East Harling farmer Steve Brown, have won eight trophies – seven for wins – in nine Class D races in the Trackday Trophy, an entry series into motorsport which has seen them competing at Snetterton, Cadwell Park, Brands Hatch, Donington, Anglesey and Oulton Park.

Ray explained that he had taken in the rather tatty Clio at his dealership but would not sell it so instead turned it into a track car. All the mechanical work has been looked after by Barry Obey of Orchard Garage at Attleborough.

'None of this would have been possible without the hours of hard work by Barry,' said Ray.

Until the MoT ran out recently the car was still road-legal and the pair are delighted with their initial success and results.

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'For a first season where it is just dipping our toe into motorsport you can't much better than that,' said Ray.

Next year they plan to further lighten and tweak the Clio to move up a class.

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