BUSHELL PLANS TO STAY IN CLIO CUP

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Mike Bushell plans to com­pete in the Re­nault UK Clio Cup again next sea­son af­ter miss­ing out on a sec­ond ti­tle in dra­matic cir­cum­stances last week­end.

Bushell was on the back foot af­ter spin­ning off be­hind the safety car in the first race at Brands Hatch but he was then the un­for­tu­nate vic­tim in race two. Paul Rivett at­tempted an op­por­tunis­tic move on Ant Whor­ton-eales at Gra­ham Hill Bend, send­ing Whor­ton-eales side­ways. As he re­joined the track he hit Bushell and speared the Pyro driver into the bar­ri­ers, end­ing his ti­tle hopes.

Whor­ton-eales even­tu­ally won by eight points but the dis­ap­point­ment has made Bushell, the 2014 cham­pion, more de­ter­mined to se­cure a sec­ond crown. “Hav­ing not come away with the ti­tle I’m now more hun­gry to come back and get a sec­ond one,” he said. “Then I would re­tire from Clios!

“It’s nice to come back into the se­ries and get sec­ond – in my first two years of Clios I didn’t fin­ish in the top 10.”

Bushell added that he felt his sea­son strug­gling to­wards the back of the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship in an AMD Ford Fo­cus put him at a dis­ad­van­tage for this year. “Rac­ing in an un­com­pet­i­tive car in BTCC af­fected my race­craft a lit­tle bit, while Ant was rac­ing the two Ashes [Sutton and Hand in Clios],” he said.

Mean­while Whor­ton-eales is now tar­get­ing a switch to the BTCC for next sea­son but ad­mit­ted he was sur­prised at the way he won the ti­tle.

“That was un­be­liev­able,” he said. “You think of all the pos­si­bil­i­ties that could hap­pen but I never thought of that. I knew the con­tact was go­ing to come and I went into Gra­ham Hill Bend hard hop­ing they would miss me.

“I couldn’t be­lieve I tagged Mike as I came back on – I’m gut­ted to see his race end like that.”

Whor­ton-eales took crown Pyro driver was in dis­be­lief Bushell nar­rowly missed out on ti­tle

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