‘Crazy’ competition means Newsham wins record ‘safe’ in 2016 says points leader Whorton-Eales

Championship leader Ant Whorton-Eales says it is highly unlikely the Renault UK Clio Cup’s ‘most wins in a season’ record will be beaten in 2016 even though mathematically he can still achieve it.
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JamSport ace Whorton-Eales currently has five wins from the season’s first ten rounds (two at Donington Park, two at Thruxton and one at Oulton Park).

Victory in all eight remaining rounds would give him 13 in all – one more than the current record of 12 set by Dave Newsham during his title-winning season in 2010.

But said Whorton-Eales: “You look at last year – Ash Hand was on a winning streak and really thought he could do it but in the end he fell quite a bit short.

“That was when there was him, me, Ashley Sutton and Paul Rivett all in there fighting for the wins every time out.

“This year the level of competition has gone up again with quite a few more teams and drivers capable of winning – last year four different drivers won races; already this year we’re at six different winners. It’s a bit crazy.

“So, no, I don’t believe the record is on even though the maths at present say otherwise. You never know, of course, but I’d think it’s highly unlikely. Then again I’m about winning races so I’m certainly going to give it a go!”

Whorton-Eales, who recently tested a Dunlop British Touring Car, currently leads the UK Clio Cup standings by three points from Team Pyro’s Mike Bushell.

After a lengthy mid-season break they and the rest of the UK Clio Cup grid resume battle with rounds 11 and 12 of the 2016 championship at Snetterton in Norfolk on the weekend of Sat 30/Sun 31 July.

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Highest number of wins in a season:
12, Dave Newsham, 2010
11, Jonathan Adam, 2005 & Phil Glew, 2009
10, Tom Onslow-Cole, 2006 & Stefan Hodgetts, 2007
9, Ben Winrow 2008