Team Pyro’s Mike Bushell led home teammate Nathan Harrison to make it a Pyro 1-2 in the opening race of the weekend at Oulton Park. As well as taking the win he also took the fastest lap time which helps him to extend his lead in the championship. Harrison and third placed Daniel Rowbottom celebrated their first podium finishes of the year.
From the start Bushell led the pack round the Cheshire based circuit from his pole position, although he was followed very closely by teammate Harrison throughout the race finishing 0.699 seconds apart.
DRM’s Daniel Rowbottom got a strong start jumping from sixth to third on the opening lap of the race and impressively stuck to Harrison and Bushell throughout the race. He finished 1.291 seconds behind Harrison.
WDE Motorsport’s Paul Rivett started the race in twelfth but was quickly making his way through the pack up into fifth, which soon became fourth after he managed to pass Team Pyro’s Jack McCarthy. Rivett also won the Masters Cup for the older drivers in the series.
Ciceley Motorspor’s Max Coates finished the race in sixth in a car that had been quickly repaired by the mechanics after an accident in the morning’s qualifying session. In the final few laps of the race he came under a lot of pressure from PP Motorsport/Westbourne’s James Colburn who had charged up into seventh after starting from the back of the grid. Both Colburn and Westbourne teammate James Dorlin had to start from the back of the grid after missing the ‘pit lane exit’ deadline ahead of the race. Dorlin finished the race in ninth behind WDE Motorsport’s Lee Pattison in eighth.
Team Pyro’s Kyle Hornby finished the race in tenth ahead of Ciceley Motorsport’s Luke Reade in eleventh and JamSport’s Lucas Orrock in twelfth. The latter two and Ciceley’s Sam Osborne, who finished in thirteenth, were delayed by an incident occurring on lap one at Cascades which involved Jade Edwards and Dan Zelos. Edwards had to retire her car with damage and Zelos had to have a broken wheel changed but went on to finish in sixteenth albeit a lap down.
WDE Motorsport’s Nicolas Hamilton and JamSport’s Graham Field also suffered drama on the opening lap of the race, finishing in fourteenth and fifteenth respectively. Shayne Deegan finished the race a lap down after pitting to have his SDR entered car checked over after taking a wild moment over the grass at the exit of Cascades.
There was a real heartache for JamSport’s Aaron Thompson, he was scheduled to line up in fourth place for the opening race but spun off into the barriers on the formation lap. The impact broke his steering which forced him to retire in the pit lane.
Photo Credit: Clio Cup
© Fay Tilley 20th May 2017