17/06/2016

Bushell comfortably ahead in FP2 to head Pyro 1-2-3 in Croft Renault UK Clio Cup test

Mike Bushell headed a Team Pyro 1-2-3 ahead of team-mates David Dickenson and Senna Proctor in the Renault UK Clio Cup’s generally faster second free practice session at Croft today.
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Bushell, the 2014 Champion, was the only man to get into the one minute, 31 seconds bracket in session two with a best lap time of 1m31.710s.

That was a sizeable 0.307s up on second-fastest Dickenson who, in turn, was 0.207s clear of third-placed BMR-backed Proctor. Notably Bushell, Dickenson and Proctor all put in their fastest laps right near the end of the session.

4Front Motor Group with WDE’s Paul Rivett was fourth, just 0.037s further behind having headed the times for much of the session. Team Cooksport’s Lee Pattison was next up in fifth and this was the order of the top five for the day overall when times from sessions one and two were combined.

Bushell beamed: “That is much more like it – the car feels really good and even though it has kept spitting with rain this circuit is so abrasive the grip levels have remained very high. We just need to replicate it in qualifying tomorrow and hopefully David and Senna can do the same.”

Dickenson said: “I’m really pleased with that. It’s the most comfortable I’ve felt in the car to date and maybe there was a bit more time in it – if anywhere the first corner – but the rest of the lap was pretty much bang on.”

Sixth overall, relying on the time that put him fastest in this morning's session, was Cooksport’s Rory Collingbourne (he was seventh in session two) and seventh Pyro’s Josh Price. Finesse’s Paul Streather and his Ecomotive-backed team-mate Daniel Rowbottom and then Ciceley's Max Coates completed the top ten overall.

The second session was interrupted twice by red flag stoppages to recover the cars of WDE’s Rory Green and then PP Motorsport’s Anton Spires who both ran off the track at Clervaux Bend. Rivett, too, went off track there but was able to rejoin the circuit and make it back to pit lane.

CLICK HERE for full times plus sector and speed trap readings from the two sessions.