Team Pyro’s Mike Bushell won the shortened second race of the weekend in the Renault UK Clio Cup. This means Bushell leaves the Cheshire based track with a healthy lead in the championship points.
Bushell was passed by PP Motorsport/Westbourne Motorsport’s James Colburn off the original race start. Unfortunately, the red flags were brought out to allow marshals to clear debris from the track and repair barriers after Westbourne Motorsport’s James Dorlin and Team Pyro’s Nathan Harrison had collected one another and crashed quite heavily into the barriers on the opening lap at turn one.
At the restart James Colburn led again until Bushell made his move at the Island Hairpin. DRM’s Daniel Rowbottom began putting pressure on Colburn which allowed Bushell to pull clear.
After just two laps of the circuit being completed the race was red flagged and then chequered flagged after a heavy accident for Team Pyro’s Jack McCarthy. The youngster suffered multiple rolls at the high speed Druids Bend part of the circuit.
The top three drivers on the timing screens read Mike Bushell in first, James Colburn in second and Daniel Rowbottom in third. WDE Motorsport’s Dan Zelos and Ciceley Motorsport’s Max Coates were classified in fourth and fifth. Coates had to work very hard to keep WDE Motorsport’s Lee Pattison behind in sixth.
Provisionally Bushell has built up a sixty-seven point lead over WDE’s Rivett at the top of the championship.
Seventh place went to SDR’s Shayne Deegan in a slightly damaged car. Ciceley Motorsport’s Jade Edwards was forced to retire her car with damage. James Dorlin, Nathan Harrison and Jack McCarthy’s bad luck meant Deegan was the highest-placed finisher in the Graduates Cup. WDE’s Paul Rivett finished in eighth ahead of Ciceley Motorsport’s Luke Read in ninth and Team Pyro’s Kyle Hornby rounded out the top ten.
Ciceley Motorsport’s Sam Osborne finished in eleventh and also picked up the two bonus points for setting the fastest lap of the race. JamSport’s Graham Field and Aaron Thompson finished in twelfth and thirteenth. WDE’s Nicolas Hamilton finished in fourteenth ahead of JamSport’s Lucas Orrock in fifteenth. Thompson and Hamilton were delayed when they tangled and spun off on the opening lap of the restart. Lucas Orrock was delayed during the restarted race as he had to avoid multiple incidents.
Post race Mike Bushell was penalised for the pass he made on James Colburn to take the lead – resulting in the positions being reversed. Another driver to be in trouble was Shayne Deegan, he was deemed to be to blame for an incident with Jade Edwards where she began to slow but was unsighted by Jack McCarthy. The latter ended up clipping the Ciceley Motorsport run entry and rolling multiple times – bringing out the red flags.
Photo Credit; Clio Cup
©Fay Tilley 21st May 2017