As a prize for his performance in the 2008 ELF Renault Clio Cup, Ben Winrow was invited to test the Renault Megane Trophy race car at Paul Ricard circuit. The 23 year old outshone champions from Holland, Belgium and Italy.
Winrow’s time around the circuit was a full eight-tenths of a second ahead of the next best Renault Clio Cup champion and was only beaten by Gregory Guilvert, an experienced sportscar driver who is more accustomed to high-powered cars than Winrow, by a sheer 0.103seconds.
Having completed 49 laps in the Renault Mégane Trophy, Ben Winrow commented: “It was great to experience the Megane Trophy and a really enjoyable day at a fabulous facility. The car is very easy to drive because the paddle-shift gearbox means you can concentrate on finding the braking point and taking the correct line.
“The driving style is completely different to the Clio Cup car I have been used to. With the Clio, which is front-wheel drive, you aim to carry as much speed as possible into the corner. In the rear-wheel drive Megane you stamp on the brakes, turn in and then get back on the power. My first taste of the Megane has gone really well and racing in the championship is an option I would consider.”Published 5 November 2008