Bushell hits out at costly penalty

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For­mer Re­nault UK Clio Cup cham­pion Mike Bushell ques­tioned the penalty that de­nied him his first vic­tory since re­turn­ing to the cat­e­gory this sea­son.

The Pyro driver led ev­ery lap of the se­cond race at Thrux­ton last week­end but was handed a five-se­cond time penalty for ex­ceed­ing track lim­its, which dropped him to se­cond.

“I’m gut­ted – it feels like I’ve been robbed,” said the 2014 cham­pion. “I didn’t drive any dif­fer­ent in that race to the rest of the week­end. I know I’ve closed the gap to Paul [Rivett] to six points, but that should be two.”

Bushell fin­ished third in the opener af­ter qual­i­fy­ing on pole for both races.

His 0.989s ad­van­tage over se­cond-placed Rivett was the largest gap be­tween the top two qual­i­fiers in re­cent Clio Cup his­tory.

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