25/09/2015

'SLOW' RIVETT SETS OUTRAGEOUS TIME TO PIP HAND IN RENAULT UK CLIO CUP FP2 AT SILVERSTONE

Paul Rivett topped a staggeringly fast-paced second Renault UK Clio Cup practice session at Silverstone with a best time that was close to a second underneath the existing race lap record.
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WDE Motorsport’s Rivett set a best lap time of one minute, 04.358 seconds to just edge out championship leader, Team Pyro’s Ash Hand, by 0.016s.

And Rivett even quipped: “I’m never that fast on Fridays – I’m still waking up and go much better on Saturdays and Sundays…”

Following on from his very impressive performance in this morning’s session, Pyro youngster Josh Price was third ahead of WDE’s Dan Holland and Maximum Motorsport’s Ant Whorton-Eales.

Pyro's BMR Restart-backed Ashley Sutton completed the top six ahead of JamSport Racing pair Tom Grundy and Luke Kidsley and Rangoni Corse’s Michele Puccetti who was also inside Josh Fildes’s race record (1m05.114s) from 2012 when he won the title.

WDE’s Charlie Ladell completed the top ten ahead of five debutants all in a row – Cooksport’s Alex Sedgwick, Rangoni’s Ben Davis, Maximum’s Tom Witts and 20Ten duo Tom Butler and Sam Watkins.

Less than a second covered the top 13 and all 20 drivers on track set faster times in second practice than in the earlier morning session.

The half-hour qualifying session to decide the starting grids for Sunday’s two races takes place tomorrow (Saturday) at 11.25am and many predict slipstreaming tactics along Silverstone’s long straights to come into play. Sunday’s races are the penultimate rounds of this year’s championship with Hand, Whorton-Eales, Sutton and Rivett all within a chance of the crown.