Brace for AWE as Bushell misses out Renault UK Clio Cup
It was a case of what might have been for Mike Bushell at Thruxton as the former champion failed to capitalise on two poles.
Bushell lost out at the beginning of the opener to Lee Pattison (Cooksport) and the fast-starting Ant WhortonEales (Jam Sport) – who surged from fifth to second before hitting the front. Bushell was shuffled down the order at the Complex on lap two but recovered to third.
The Pyro driver had no such troubles in race two, leading throughout, but was denied victory because of a five-second track limits penalty.
Therefore Whorton-eales was able to profit to take a much-needed double win. “You just can’t mess about when the lights go out,” he said of his impressive getaways. “Given what’s happened already this season I am on full attack every corner of every lap.”
Behind Whorton-eales, Bushell’s Pyro team-mate Josh Price picked up an impressive pair of maiden podiums after frantic battling with veterans Pattison and Paul Rivett.
Rivett could have extended his points lead in race two but got sideways at Goodwood and lost a handful of places – finishing eighth. Despite that, he still leads Bushell by six points.