Team Pyro’s Mike Bushell took the victory in race one of the UK Clio Cup this weekend at Oulton Park. As well as taking the win he also now is the championship leader after gaining enough points to take it from Paul Rivett.

Although Bushell managed to convert his pole position start into a victory around the Cheshire circuit, it was not as easy as it sounds for the 2014 champion as he battled with Ant Whorton Eales throughout the whole race. The pair swapped places multiple times during the race.

A perfect start by Whorton Eales saw him jump from fourth on the grid straight into the race lead as they headed into Old Hall on lap one. Bushell had to fight to keep second place from teammate Senna Proctor. Paul Rivett soon joined in with them to make it a four car battle for the lead of the race during the first few laps of the race. The first change of lead took place on lap three, Bushell ducked up the inside of Whorton Eales as they entered the Hislops Chicane. One of the moments that made the race so exciting was on lap five when Whorton Eales came storming down the inside of Bushell to try and regain the lead of the race.

Bushell fought back as they headed into the Island Hairpin, behind them there was contact between Senna Proctor and Paul Rivett that lost them both time as well as opening the door for Max Coates to dive down to take third place from the duo.

The podium positions did not change during the rest of the race as Pyro’s Bushell managed to start opening a gap up from JamSport’s Whorton Eales in second with Ciceley Racing’s Coates following in third to take his first outright podium in the championship. Pyro driver Proctor managed to hold off late lunges coming from WDE’s Charlie Ladell to take fourth place, with Ladell taking fifth. Next up was Cooksport’s Lee Pattison in sixth after starting from tenth. WDE driver Paul Rivett came home in seventh.

Finesse Motorsport’s Daniel Rowbottom took eighth ahead of Team Pyro’s Josh Price in ninth and JamSport’s Luke Kidsley took tenth. Rory Green aboard his WDE Motorsport run entry took eleventh after having a good battle with Finesse’s Jake Giddings. Twelfth place went to Pyro’s David Dickenson with Finesse’s Paul Streather behind in thirteenth. Fourteenth was Paint Perfect Motorsport’s Anton Spires, fifteenth across the line was Oliver Pidgley in his Ciceley run entry and sixteenth went to Cooksport’s Rory Collingbourne. Seventeenth across the line to take the flag was Ciceley driver Dan Zelos with George Jackson close behind in his Cooksport car. Finesse Motorsport driver Jake Giddings recovered from a trip to the tyre barriers to take the chequered flag in nineteenth place ahead of JamSport’s Graham Field.

The fastest laps of the race were set by:

Overall: Mike Bushell ~ Team Pyro ~ 1:35.327

Graduate: Josh Price ~ Team Pyro ~ 1:35.615

Masters: Lee Pattison ~ Cooksport~ 1:35.773


©Fay Tilley 5th June 2016.