Hand’s double victory at the Fife circuit has taken his tally so far to seven. If he wins the remaining six races – two apiece at Rockingham, Silverstone and Brands Hatch – he will eclipse 2010 Champion Dave Newsham’s record of 12 wins in a single Clio Cup season.
Furthermore Hand’s wins mean he has also removed Ant Whorton-Eales from the top of the table. Whorton-Eales had led it since winning the season’s opening race at Brands Hatch…
Not only that but with the Clio Cup’s two dropped scores rule applied then Whorton-Eales actually falls to third in the championship, the order reading Hand 309, Ashley Sutton 283, Whorton-Eales 274 and Paul Rivett 249.
For Rivett Knockhill brought him his fifth and sixth rostrum results of 2015 to put him on a career total of 94 – ‘top threes’ in each of the remaining six races would see him end the season with a century of podium placings from 184 career races. A remarkable ratio…
Hand’s victory in race one at Knockhill along with the fastest lap equalled his previous best result this season – in fact it’s the fourth time he’s achieved a maximum score in 2015. Also his pole position and fastest race laps were new records for the Clio Cup around Knockhill. Race two meanwhile saw JamSport’s Dan Holland’s and Cooksport’s George Jackson (both pictured above left) equal their season’s bests so far with seventh and eighth place results.
As for laps and miles led, Hand dominates the charts following his pair of lights-to-flag victories north of the border. Of 176 laps and 324.5 miles covered in 2015, he has led for 86 and 153.7 of those. Just to rub it in he now also has seven pole positions and seven wins – no-one else has more than two in either of those categories, although he is only narrowly ahead in the fastest lap table with five compared to the four of Whorton-Eales and three of Sutton.
With so much success up front, it’s unsurprising to find him well down in one chart, however – that for the most places made in a race (based on where a driver started and finished in each race). Whorton-Eales (chiefly thanks to his heroics from the back of the grid in both races at Croft) stays on top with a total of 43 places made so far, but WDE’s Charlie Ladell is now right behind on 42. Cooksport pair George Jackson and Rory Collingbourne are next up in a distance third, tied on 18 apiece.
Current Clio Cup stats after round 12, Knockhill:
7 Ash Hand
2 Ashley Sutton & Ant Whorton-Eales
1 Paul Rivett
7 Ash Hand
2 Ant Whorton-Eales & Ashley Sutton
1 Paul Rivett
6 Ashley Sutton
4 Ant Whorton-Eales
2 Paul Rivett
3 Ash Hand
2 Paul Rivett, Jordan Stilp & Ant Whorton-Eales
1 Jack Mitchell
3 Paul Rivett & Ash Hand
2 Ant Whorton-Eales & Jordan Stilp
1 Ashley Sutton & Jack MItchell
Laps Led (out of 176)
86 Ash Hand
43 Ashley Sutton
35 Ant Whorton-Eales
12 Paul Rivett
Miles Led (out of 324.5491)
153.657 Ash Hand
73.7403 Ashley Sutton
70.4398 Ant Whorton-Eales
26.712 Paul Rivett