Points leader Whorton-Eales feeling confident heading to Oulton Park

Renault UK Clio Cup points leader Ant Whorton-Eales says believes he can hit back against title rivals Ashley Sutton and Ash Hand at Cheshire’s Oulton Park this weekend after being beaten by them twice last time out at Thruxton.
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SV Racing ace Whorton-Eales feels Oulton, which hosts rounds seven and eight of this year’s championship this coming weekend, is more his kind of circuit.

He also anticipates Sutton and Hand will soon stop working together for their Pyro team as each tries to win the crown for himself and that other drivers can still become major title threats.

“It was clear at Thruxton they (Sutton and Hand) worked together, but if you look at it now Hand is third with a dropped score but still close to Sutton so he’s a real contender,” said Whorton-Eales. “I think Sutton has realised that and their rivalry is going to grow every weekend now. We’re all in it to win. You aren’t going to give it to your team mate because he’s your team mate.

“We always felt at the start of the season it was going to be them against us, but maybe they will not work as much together or push each other along from now. I think that will open up the racing even more.

“I don’t think it’s just us three, though. Last year Josh Cook had a big points lead but he got caught in the end so you can’t rule people out at this stage. I can still see people like Jordan Stilp coming back into it – 12 months ago he didn’t seem to be in it but then he did the double at Croft and suddenly was in it all the way to the end.”

SVR arrives at Oulton off the back of a two-day test at Snetterton where Whorton-Eales and team-mate Jack Mitchell – already a podium finisher in his first three Clio Cup events – concentrated on wringing more speed from their cars.

It is clear Whorton-Eales fancies his chances this weekend, adding: “At Oulton last year I got my first double pole position in qualifying. I should have won race one but threw it off the track but then got a second in race two. Pyro have said they think I’ll be strong there so hopefully they will be feeling the pressure a bit this weekend.

“It’s more difficult on the Island circuit lay-out because the hairpin opens up chances elsewhere around the lap, but my goal is to get two poles again and then control both races from the front.”