WDE Motorsport’s Paul Rivett dominated race one of the UK Clio Cup race weekend at Croft after starting from pole position. The race was filled with action with Max Coates starring during the race when he took his season best second place. Earlier in the day before race one Ant Whorton Eales had his win from Donington Park reinstated, this fired Paul Rivett up to aim for the win even more, he put in a dominating performance to take his first win around the North Yorkshire based circuit since 2008. After starting from pole position Rivett managed to maintain his advantage which helped as the first few corners of the lap shuffled the pack around and allowed the leader to open up a gap.
There was quite a commotion as the pack reached the first corner of the first lap as Dan Zelos was pushed into a spin which saw him stranded in the gravel trap at Clervaux. It was clear that Zelos had not shaken off the streak of bad luck he has been suffering from. Lee Pattison was pushed into the infield at the Chicane making him drop back. Once the race began to settle down it was Coates up into third after starting seventh on the grid. Front row starter David Dickenson dropped down to eleventh on the opening lap. Coates was chasing down Mike Bushell and leader Rivett whilst trying to keep Charlie Ladell, Daniel Rowbottom and Ant Whorton Eales behind him.
Rivett began building up a gap of two seconds from the following pack after five laps of the race had been completed. 2014 champion Mike Bushell was put under a lot of pressure from Max Coates in the fight for second place. After a couple of unsuccessful tries to get ahead through the final hairpin Coates pushed and was able to pass Bushell on lap nine after getting a good run out of Tower and fought through the Esses and into Barcroft, the Ciceley driver was relieved to have managed to make the move stick.
Bushell now had JamSport’s Ant Whorton Eales all over his bumper after the latter had found his way past newlywed Daniel Rowbottom as they went through Tower on lap five before Ladell spun off circuit on his own on lap eight, this handed Whorton-Eales fourth place. Rivett took the win with a gap of three and a half seconds back to second placed Coates with Bushell at an arms-length behind Coates. Ant Whorton-Eales finished fourth with Daniel Rowbottom rounding out the top five. Paul Streather took his fifth top six result so far this season.
Josh Price ended up off track into the infield at the Chicane during the late part of the race. Prior to Price having an off Lee Pattison did a similar thing and was sent into the infield. Rory Collingbourne was the one driver who everyone was stunned by after he was sent flying across the grass as he exited the Hairpin on the final lap collecting the Dunlop sign sideways before straightening up and taking the flag to claim tenth place. Senna Proctor finished the race in seventh ahead of teammate Dickenson in eighth. Ninth placed George Jackson headed a trio of Team Cooksport drivers as Collingbourne and Pattison recovered from their earlier spins to finish tenth and eleventh. Pattison also set the fastest lap of the race despite having a spin.
©Fay Tilley 19th June 2016.