2009 Renault Cup success for Phil Glew

DRIVER Phil Glew has continued his dream start to the 2009 Renault Cup with two more wins and his first pole position in the competition at Thruxton.

Glew, from Tothill near Alford, dominated during qualifying, clinching pole position in both races in just eight laps, leaving his tyres in excellent condition.

In race one 25-year-old Glew lined up at the front knowing his nearest championship rival, MacDowall, was starting back on the fourth row.

Glew was outpaced by Newsham to the first corner but wuickly regained the lead and was a full two car length ahead of the rest of the field by the end of the first lap.

MacDowall had made his way up to second place following a first lap incident and the safety car came out.

As the race continued Glew extended his lead lap by lap as the rest of the field jostled for position. He continued to push securing the fastest lap of the race, providing him with two additional Championship points.

In race two, the red lights went out and Glew kept his lead into the first corner.

Newsham made a good start from the second row and passed Smith off the line. A four-way battle for second place began between Smith, Newsham, Herron and Robinson, providing Glew with the perfect opportunity to get his head down and increase his lead.

Smith looked like he could become a threat to Glew on the final lap as his early push to break away had taken its toll on his tyres hampering his pace. Glew remained calm under Smith's pressure and took the chequered flag in the lead for the fourth time this season.

Round three of the championship takes place at Donington on May 16 and 17.