Bushell penalty hands Whorton-Eales a second win at Thruxton as points leaderboard closes up

Ant Whorton-Eales added to his victory from this morning with another win in this afternoon’s second Renault UK Clio Cup race at Thruxton but only after Mike Bushell, who crossed the line first, was demoted to second by a time penalty for exceeding track limits.
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Team Pyro’s Bushell, who started from pole position, looked to have the race in his pocket until three laps from home a five-second penalty wiped out his handsome advantage over second-placed Whorton-Eales.

Bushell still went on to win on the road but with the penalty applied he lost out to Whorton-Eales by just over a second. Meanwhile Pyro’s Josh Price continued his great Thruxton weekend with third place to add to the second he took in this morning’s race.

Whorton-Eales commented: “That’s a bit of a cruel way for Mike to lose the win as he’d really built up a lead over the rest of us but I got a pit board signal a few laps from home telling me he’d got a penalty so I pushed as hard as I could and it worked out for me. A win this morning and another this afternoon on a circuit which hasn’t been the best for me in the past – it’s the perfect day.”

Bushell said: “Of course I am disappointed to lose out this way as I’d made the break and got everything under control – or so I thought. But a third this morning and a second in this race are still good results and they’ve brought us right into play in the title race.”

Price added: “I’m very happy with third after the second I got in this morning’s race. I had to drive every lap very precisely to keep up with Ant but I definitely see these results as a bit of a breakthrough – I’ve definitely learnt a few things this weekend which are good for the future.”

JamSport driver Whorton-Eales’s win is his third in six races and an eighth-place finish for championship leader, WDE Motorsport’s Paul Rivett, means the top five placings in the points table have bunched right up.

Rivett continues to lead but by the much reduced margin of just six points from Bushell who moves into second. Team Cooksport’s Lee Pattison – fourth in this afternoon’s race after fighting through from tenth – is third with Whorton-Eales now fourth just 18 points adrift of Rivett.

Meanwhile fifth behind Pattison in this afternoon’s race was PP Motorsport’s Anton Spires – the result is the best so far for both team and driver in their debut UK Clio Cup season. Sixth place for Finesse Motorsport’s Paul Streather keeps him in the title hunt although he has fallen from second to fifth in the standings.

Pyro’s David Dickenson was a strong seventh ahead of Rivett who took eighth after spinning off the track while holding second position early on. Team BMR with Pyro’s Senna Proctor and Ciceley Motorsport’s Max Coates completed the top ten.

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