Rivett: A man for all sea­sons

Motor Sport News - - Clio Cup At 25 -

Out of the hun­dreds of driv­ers who have con­tested the Re­nault UK Clio Cup over the past 25 years, one stands out as eas­ily the most suc­cess­ful: Paul Rivett.

He made his de­but in the series in 2001 and, aside for a cou­ple of years out in the mid-2000s, has been part of the cham­pi­onship ever since. He’s won three ti­tles (2002, 2004, 2011), se­cured 45 vic­to­ries, taken 100 podi­ums and started close to 200 races.

“It’s such a great series,” he en­thuses. “Re­nault has pro­duced great car af­ter great car. For me it started with the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion Clio in 2001 – that was a fan­tas­tic car and then it got even bet­ter with the third and there was an­other step for­ward with the fourth.

“It’s such a good prod­uct – it makes great rac­ing and al­ways has done. It’s very cost-ef­fec­tive – it’s not cheap to go rac­ing but it’s not bad when you look around at ev­ery­thing else – and it’s a great place to be. With ev­ery­thing Re­nault put into it, ex­cept pos­si­bly tour­ing cars, there couldn’t be any­where bet­ter for me.”

Un­sur­pris­ingly, Rivett says his three ti­tles are the high­lights of his time in the cat­e­gory. “It’s not re­ally un­til I sit and look back that I re­alise what suc­cess I’ve had in it,” he says. “Tak­ing my 100th podium at Don­ing­ton Park re­ally brought that home.”

In re­cent sea­sons, Rivett has been more in­volved in the cham­pi­onship than ever be­fore af­ter be­com­ing team man­ager of the WDE Mo­tor­sport out­fit that he cur­rently races for.

“It means I’m so, so busy on a race week­end,” he ad­mits. “I have more to fo­cus on than just driv­ing the car but I re­ally en­joy it and couldn’t do what I do with­out the rest of the team.”

The reg­u­lar sight of Rivett lead­ing

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