‘A late move gave Whor­ton-eales glory’

Motor Sport News - - Btcc Report: Donington Park - By Damian Meaden

The Clio spoils were shared be­tween Ant Whor­ton-eales and Paul Rivett, though the for­mer could have been a dou­ble vic­tor if not for a tech­ni­cal in­fringe­ment that ex­cluded him from the race two re­sults.

Max Coates, who im­pres­sively se­cured his first pole by 0.2 sec­onds, made er­rors on both his ini­tial start, and the restarted race af­ter the red flags were shown for Dan Zelos rolling at the Old Hair­pin and WDE Mo­tor­sport team-mates of Char­lie Ladell and Rory Green tak­ing each other out.

A strong sec­ond start by row two man Whor­ton-Eales moved him into sec­ond be­hind Lee Pat­ti­son, with fel­low se­ries stal­wart Paul Rivett in close com­pany be­hind. The trio went three abreast head­ing into the Esses, with Rivett seiz­ing the lead of the race on the in­side line, though Whor­ton-eales im­pres­sively passed Pat­ti­son on the out­side to re­claim sec­ond.

A move into the fi­nal chi­cane on lap five gave Whor­ton-eales his first vic­tory of the sea­son, in a race that ended three laps early due to an­other red flag stop­page as Senna Proctor also rolled his car.

The sec­ond con­test was com­fort­able for Whor­ton-Eales, who re­claimed the lead af­ter ini­tially los­ing out to Pat­ti­son off the start. Rivett then de­moted Pat­ti­son to third as they closed out the open­ing lap, while four driv­ers in­clud­ing Ge­orge Jack­son were pe­nalised for false starts. Pat­ti­son’s poor luck con­tin­ued as he and Ladell made con­tact head­ing into the chi­cane, leav­ing the for­mer in a spin and bound for the pit­lane.

Whor­ton-eales was set to dou­ble up his hon­ours, ahead of Rivett and Char­lie Ladell, who claimed a first ever podium fin­ish in the se­ries, but Whor­ton-Eales’s ex­clu­sion for a tech­ni­cal in­fringe­ment en­sured Rivett in­her­ited the win, and ex­tended his cham­pi­onship lead.

Whor­ton-eales’s Jam Sport team has sub­se­quently lodged an ap­peal re­gard­ing the ex­clu­sion. It is al­ready the sec­ond time he has failed tech­ni­cal checks.

Fur­ther back, Rory Colling­bourne com­pleted a strong rise through the field to fin­ish ninth af­ter start­ing six rows fur­ther back in 20th.

Rivett and Whor­ton-eales bat­tled hard at Doning­ton

This goose was un­con­cerned about Proctor rolling

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