Whor­ton-eales and Bushell share the spoils Re­nault UK Clio Cup

Motor Sport News - - Btcc Report: Rockingham - By Stephen Lick­o­r­ish

The two Clio Cup races at Rock­ing­ham be­gan in a very sim­i­lar way. In both con­tests Ant Whor­tonEales made blis­ter­ing starts from lowly grid spots, but while he tri­umphed in the first race he was only fourth in race two.

The Jam­sport driver started 10th for the opener but didn’t stay there for long. In very wet con­di­tions he rock­eted to sec­ond by the end of the first lap, ben­e­fit­ing from a col­li­sion be­tween pole­man Mike Bushell and Max Coates at Chap­man, which de­layed them both.

A safety car caused by Luke Kid­s­ley spin­ning into the Grace­lands gravel then brought Whor­ton-eales onto the tail of Paul Rivett. The WDE driver was overly cau­tious on the res­tart and Whor­tonEales blasted past at Turn 1 be­fore pulling away at a rapid rate. His fi­nal mar­gin was al­most 9s.

“I got very lucky!” ad­mit­ted Whor­ton-eales. “The gaps just opened up in the right places.”

Rivett took sec­ond de­spite briefly los­ing out to points leader Bushell.

Bushell had a more straight­for­ward sec­ond race, held in the dry, and was able to take an im­por­tant vic­tory. Be­hind, Rivett and Whor­ton-eales col­lided go­ing into Yent­wood, dam­ag­ing the rear beam of the Jam­sport car.

While Rivett re­mained sec­ond, Whor­ton-eales had a tremen­dous bat­tle with Max Coates and it was Coates who claimed the fi­nal podium place.

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