Ex­cel­lent move from Whor­ton-eales and podium for Kid­s­ley in race two

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It’s amaz­ing how quickly for­tunes can change – es­pe­cially if you’re a Jam­sport Clio Cup driver. Ant Whor­ton-eales went from a first race re­tire­ment to win­ning the sec­ond con­test, while Luke Kid­s­ley re­cov­ered from a roll in test­ing on Fri­day to take his maiden podium.

The Snetterton week­end had threat­ened to be a Mike Bushell ben­e­fit. The 2014 cham­pion was dom­i­nant in qual­i­fy­ing, set­ting an omi­nous pace, but the Jam­sport duo had other ideas.

Kid­s­ley made an au­da­cious move around the out­side of Bushell at Riches at the start of the opener but ul­ti­mately it didn’t pay off as he was too “ea­ger” to move back across and was clipped into the grass.

Be­hind, Paul Rivett col­lided with Senna Proc­tor and broke his steer­ing be­fore then clat­ter­ing into Whor­ton-eales at the hair­pin. This left the WDE driver out and Whor­tonEales had a flail­ing bumper. He was later given the black-and-orange flag and was forced into re­tire­ment, de­spite hop­ing the body­work would de­tach it­self.

All this left Bushell a com­fort­able win­ner, from the im­pres­sive Max Coates and Proc­tor. Bushell said of the start: “I got a tap from be­hind and that sent me into Kid­s­ley. Then Rivett made a do or die move to get be­tween me and Ant and that dam­aged both their cars – which was per­fect for me.”

The start of race two was al­most a car­bon copy of the opener, ex­cept this time Kid­s­ley man­aged to make his move stick, while the fast­start­ing Whor­ton-eales also passed Bushell on the first lap into turn three.

Kid­s­ley con­tin­ued to lead his team-mate un­til Whor­tonEales ran slightly wide at Riches and let Bushell back through.

But then came the over­tak­ing move of the week­end on lap six as Whor­ton-eales dived in­side both Bushell and Kid­s­ley at Riches to take the win.

“It was all a bit of a blur,” he ad­mit­ted. “I thought ‘oh no, I’ve let him [Bushell] through, what have I done’. Then I couldn’t be­lieve I passed them both – it’s not very of­ten a move you plan comes off like that in Clios!”

Kid­s­ley clung onto sec­ond place to take his maiden podium af­ter an event­ful week­end that in­cluded him strik­ing his pit board early on.

“It’s been a bit crazy,” he said. “I thought that was my week­end over [af­ter the roll on Fri­day] but I’m buzzing to get my first podium.”

Rivett sal­vaged some­thing from his week­end too af­ter pass­ing Bushell into Nel­son for third place in the clos­ing stages. De­spite this, the Pyro driver still has a 19-point lead in the standings over Whor­ton-eales.

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