Third and second place finishes at Brands Hatch for Paul Rivett combined with a pair of fifths for team-mate Charles Ladell thrust Wayne Eason’s squad to the top of the table on its home circuit.
Significantly it was Cooksport who came away in second ahead of Pyro – the first time in memory that the current title-holder has been outside the top three in the entrants’ standings.
Each entrant scores according to the combined scores of its two highest-finishing drivers in each UK Clio Cup round…
The vast bulk of Cooksport’s tally was made up by Lee Pattison’s second and first place results in Brands Hatch’s two races (adding to these were a 13th for Rory Collingbourne and a tenth for George Jackson).
By contrast Pyro’s scoring was predominantly done by Mike Bushell who achieved fourth then third places in the two races. Josh Price’s seventh in race one meant it was second to WDE overnight but on the Sunday a penalty relegated him from sixth on the road to 13th. Therefore it was David Dickenson who was Pyro’s next highest finisher behind Bushell.
The upshot of it means WDE has 93 points on the boards, Cooksport 79 and Pyro 75. The maximum a team can score in any race is 60 points (32 plus 28 if its drivers finish in finish first and second – not an uncommon occurrence for Pyro in 2015 with drivers Ashley Sutton and Ash Hand).
WDE Team Principal Eason commented: “Brands was the near-perfect start for us with Paul his usual brilliant self and Charlie driving two exceptionally strong races to make up places. Full credit to everyone in the team – we’ve all raised our game with exceptional attention to detail going into our cars.
“I’d say we have the best driver pairing of any team on the grid with Paul and Charlie and, remember, we’ve also got another very rapid driver in Paul Plant who can score for us at Donington.”
He added: “We’re confident we can increase our lead that bit more at Donington, but Cooksport can see they have a chance and Pyro will hate being beaten.
“More teams are now at the level that Pyro have set these past few years. The level of competition is clear for all to see in the paddock and on the track and that is placing more emphasis on doing well in the entrants’ championship. It’s probably going to be nail-biting for us teams but very exciting for the fans.”