25/06/2015

RIVETT GUNNING FOR REPEAT OF 2008 CROFT VICTORY DOUBLE

Paul Rivett goes into Croft’s two Renault UK Clio Cup races this coming (27-28 June) knowing he has to take points out of the three ahead of him to keep up the pressure in the title race.
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The three-time Champion will arrive at the North Yorkshire track off the back of his maiden win of the 2015 season, at Oulton Park. There could have been a sniff of another win in race two at the Cheshire circuit had his WDE Motorsport car not been damaged.

“We had the pace to do the double at Oulton, definitely, so to come away with only a fourth in race two was frustrating,” said Rivett. “I’ve kept an eagle on the three in front (Ant Whorton-Eales, Ash Hand and Ashley Sutton) so now it’s time to start clawing back points on them.

“We’ve seen some great rivalries in the Clio Cup down the years and it’s clear we are seeing another one in 2015 between those three with me and Jordan (Stilp) thrown in as well. There has been a bit of rough and tumble between them lately so what they get up to at Croft and as the season wears on is up to them.

“I’ve had a bit of an up and down start to the season whereas – and I know Hand and Sutton have had a DNF each – that is yet to really happen to any of those to the same degree. Hopefully things will start balancing themselves out soon. Croft can be quite a hairy place at times…”

Rivett clearly has the pace and knowledge to win around Croft – in fact it holds some of the finest memories of his racing career to date.

He added: “I absolutely love the Croft circuit. It’s heart in mouth in some places and I’ve had some great times there – it was where I had my first win ever in a supporting race to British Touring Cars (Fiestas)  back in 1999!

“2008 was also brilliant for me with two wins and two fastest laps – a maximum score. It’d be nice to repeat that this weekend but even then what the others do among themselves is in the lap of the gods… I know from Oulton we have the pace to do the job but in this game you always need a bit of luck as well…”