Oulton Park results highlight more stand-out performances among UK Clio Cup grid

Oulton Park saw the Renault UK Clio Cup’s trend in 2016 for producing personal bests and new names on the podium continue as our trawl through the results books shows…
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For the third event in a row the new names sprang to the fore, Senna Proctor and Max Coates grabbing the headlines this time…

Things really seemed to click for BMR-backed Proctor at Oulton as he qualified second fastest for both races (a significant improvement on his previous best of ninth) and then backed that up with fourth and third place results in the two races (again, some way up on the seventh he’d managed at Donington).

Proctor even led a UK Clio Cup race for the first time, getting the measure of team-mate Mike Bushell away from the start in race one only for JamSport’s Ant Whorton-Eales to sweep past them both 100 yards later!

Fellow newcomer Coates, meanwhile, continued the front-running form he’s displayed since he and his Ciceley Motorsport team made their debuts at Brands Hatch. Like Proctor, he got his first UK Clio Cup podium at Oulton with third place in race one.

It’s now four different new names on the UK Clio Cup podium in just three events: WDE’s Charlie Ladell at Donington; Josh Price at Thruxton; Coates and Proctor at Oulton. Their average age? 18.75 to be exact. A sign of the times…

Bushell, of course, finally got his first race win of the year as he came out on top of a fierce scrap with Whorton-Eales for victory in race one of two at the Cheshire circuit.

In doing so the Team Pyro ace became the fourth different driver to top the standings in 2016 (after Finesse’s Paul Streather, Cooksport’s Lee Pattison and WDE’s Paul Rivett).

For Whorton-Eales, race two at Oulton saw him take his fourth win of the season (JamSport’s fourth in total) – still, nobody else has more than one. In fact it’s four wins from the last six races for ‘AWE’ – already he has as many as he achieved in 2015 when he went into the final rounds still in with a chance of the title.

Similarly Bushell has more points on the board than at this stage in 2014 (26 in fact) when he was crowned Champion…

In addition Bushell and Whorton-Eales are the only two drivers thus far in 2016 to have achieved a clean sweep in a race of pole, win and fastest lap.

For the first time in his UK Clio Cup career Ladell set a fastest race lap at Oulton – achieved in race two to make it five different drivers from eight rounds to manage the feat (Whorton-Eales with three, Bushell with two and Max Coates and Streather with one apiece being the others).

Personal best race results were also achieved at Oulton by championship newcomers Daniel Rowbottom and Dan Zelos – two drivers to have shown their undoubted speed so far qualifying but for whom things have not worked out as well once the red light has gone out. In race two Ecomotive/Finesse’s Rowbottom equalled his PB of sixth while a 17th was Ciceley driver Zelos’s reward in race one…

WDE’s Rory Green, too, had something to smile about in Cheshire as he put in his best qualifying performance to date with a highly-encouraging eighth on the for race one.