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