Ant Whorton-Eales was forced to re-pass Ashley Sutton at the last corner to win a nail-biting second Renault UK Clio Cup race at Silverstone in which there was plenty of drama behind as a time penalty relegated championship leader Ash Hand from third to sixth in the result.
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Whorton-Eales led the race all the way to the final lap in his Maximum Motorsport car when Team BMR Restart with Pyro’s Sutton forced his way past into the Becketts corner. But as they rounded the Brooklands and Luffield complex of corners just a few moments later Whorton-Eales was back alongside Sutton and scraped past on the run to the chequered flag for his fourth win of the season.

Hand crossed the line in third position but a time penalty for exceeding track limits meant he fell to sixth in the final result behind WDE Motorsport pair Dan Holland and Paul Rivett and his own Pyro team-mate Josh Price. Rivett, who broke his own lap record from earlier in the day, had held third at one stage on before losing places in a tangle with Hand… Holland's third place marks the first podium result of his UK Clio Cup career.

The result means that four drivers – Hand, Sutton, Whorton-Eales and Rivett – will go to Brands Hatch’s final two rounds of the season (Sat 10/Sun 11 Oct) with a chance of being crowned Champion. Hand still leads the way but on the all-important ‘two-dropped scores’ rule his advantage leaving Silverstone has been slashed from 31 points to 11 over Sutton. Whorton-Eales is just a further three behind while Rivett, 55 adrift in fourth, has it all to do with a possible maximum of 68 available from Brands’s two races.

Rangoni Corse pair Ben Davis and Michele Puccetti finished Silverstone's second race in seventh and eighth places as JamSport Racing’s Tom Grundy and WDE’s Rory Green completed the top ten. Meanwhile Alex Sedgwick was Team Cooksport’s highest-placed finisher in 12th.

Alas, there were three retirements from the race, with WDE’s Charlie Ladell, Cooksport’s George Jackson and Maximum’s Tom Witts all out within a few laps of the start.