Poringland’s Josh Files hoping for Snetterton Renault Clio Cup success

Poringland's Josh Files is hoping his good home track form continues this weekend – even if he has not learned Snetterton's new look.

The 20-year-old former Framingham Earl High School pupil takes his seat for the Renault Clio Cup at the Norfolk track, as part of the support races completing the visit of the British Touring Car Championship.

It will be the British big guns' first taste of the new 300, three-mile format since Snetterton's �4m winter revamp – but Files hopes to still be on the pace.

'This is the thing – because it has changed so much now, the only parts that are the same are the first corner and the Esses; but I like Snetterton and I love the new track,' said Files.

'I've been around the new track once on a test day and we came here earlier in the week in a road car, and I really like it, so fingers crossed.

'It does feel like a racing home for me, absolutely. The old track I was on so much and I always held the lap record here on what ever I raced before, and I would always break it each time I came along. I would always go very well here, I guess it was home territory – so absolutely I want that to carry on.'

Files is enjoying his first season in the professional ranks and hopes encouraging efforts will reap rewards this weekend.

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'The pace is there, we can all see it,' added Files.

Norwich rival Matt Allison also takes to the Renault Clio Cup, although he has refrained from giving his verdict on the new Snetterton track – how his meeting pans out will probably determine his feelings.

King's Lynn championship leader Carl Breeze is the local focus in the Ginetta Supercup, while Dereham's Tom Howard goes in the Ginetta Junior races.