03/04/2016

First win for Team Cooksport as Pattison wins round two to take early championship lead

Lee Pattison led all the way from pole position to give the Team Cooksport squad its first victory in the Renault UK Clio Cup’s second round today at Kent’s Brands Hatch circuit – a result that gives him an early championship lead as the title race now moves on to Donington Park in Leicestershire.
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Pattison was eventually able to draw clear of former champions Paul Rivett and Mike Bushell as their WDE Motorsport and Team Pyro cars became embroiled in an intense battle for second position. Despite a wild 100mph moment when they rubbed panels along pits straight, Rivett prevailed to take the runners-up spot.

Fourth was Saturday’s opening round winner, Finesse Motorsport’s Paul Streather while WDE’s Charles Ladell just stayed ahead of JamSport Racing’s rapidly closing Ant Whorton-Eales for fifth. As in Saturday’s race, Whorton-Eales had been forced to start from 23rd and last on the grid following problems in qualifying. His charging drive through to sixth also saw him set the fastest lap for two bonus points.

Pattison commented: “Second yesterday, first today – I think I can definitely say I’ve broken my jinx at this circuit! I always felt in control of the situation – Paul was right there to begin with but we are all so even I knew so long as I didn’t make a mistake he was going to find it tough to make a move and then of course he got involved with Mike. I’m delighted.”

Rivett said: “That could have ended very badly on the pits straight. There was nothing malicious from Mike – in fact we’ve enjoyed two very good races with each other yesterday and today – but it did put me into a bit of a speed wobble. I’m glad I didn’t lift and held on to it.”

And added Bushell: “It was a close one with Paul and nearly cost me third place as Streather was eight on to me as I was delayed. Luckily there was no damage and I could get my head down again. It’s nice to end my first weekend back in the UK Clio Cup on the podium.”

Elsewhere Daniel Rowbottom made up for the heartache of yesterday when he crashed out of the lead on his and his Team Ecomotive outfit’s debut by taking a strong seventh place. Pyro’s Josh Price had finished in seventh on the road but a five-second penalty for exceeding track limits dropped him to 13th in the final order. This left the way open for Ciceley Motorsport’s Max Coates in eighth to take another maximum score in the Graduates Cup class for young drivers in their first full season. Pyro’s David Dickenson and Cooksport’s George Jackson completed the top ten.

20Ten Racing’s Sam Watkins, Price and Vanquish Motorsport with WDE’s Paul Plant all gained a position when PP Motorsport’s Anton Spires – 12th across the line – was also given a ‘track limits’ time penalty that relegated him to 15th.

A long queue of cars then followed as all 23 runners completed the race. Among them was JamSport’s Luke Kidsley – he ran inside the top ten at one stage but an off-track skirmish and a time penalty dropped saw him plunge to 17th.

After starting third Ciceley’s Dan Zelos was another in the wars in the opening laps and finished in 20th. Similarly Team BMR with Pyro's Senna Proctor and Cooksport’s Rory Collingbourne were 21st and 22nd after tangling on the opening lap.

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