BUSHELL AND WHORTON-EALES FIGHT FOR OUL­TON CLIO WINS

Motor Sport News - - Rounds - By Stephen Lick­o­r­ish

Both Mike Bushell and Ant Whorton-eales have lost a win this sea­son through a penalty or ex­clu­sion and a con­tro­ver­sial clash be­tween the two threat­ened to again deny Bushell his first vic­tory since re­turn­ing to Clios.

Whorton-eales made a blis­ter­ing start from fourth in the opener to pass Bushell for the lead through Cas­cades. But his ad­van­tage didn’t last long as Bushell got back ahead into His­lop’s on lap three.

Two tours later it was Whorton-Eales who re­took the place at Cas­cades and then came the con­tentious move from Bushell at Is­land that gave him the win.

Whorton-eales said: “He came from a long way back, out­braked him­self, pushed me out the way and came up the in­side. I was go­ing to fin­ish sec­ond on the road and get it resolved in the clerks’ room – but it wasn’t the re­sult we hoped.”

Of­fi­cials in­ves­ti­gated the move, but deemed it to be a rac­ing in­ci­dent. It was a busy day for them as they also looked into a clash be­tween Paul Rivett and Senna Proc­tor at His­lop’s. No pun­ish­ment was given, but it dropped Rivett to sev­enth and al­lowed Max Coates to claim his first podium.

Bushell took an early lead in a less fre­netic sec­ond race but clipped the kerb too hard at Old Hall on lap three, send­ing him wide and let­ting Whorton-eales through. From there the Jam Sport driver was in con­trol to take his fourth win of 2016, with Bushell’s Pyro team-mate Proc­tor tak­ing his maiden podium in third.

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