The championship’s latest two rounds at Croft in North Yorkshire saw Paul Rivett and WDE Motorsport (race one) and Max Coates and Ciceley Motorsport (race two) emerge as winners.
Coates’s and Ciceley’s victory was particularly high-profile: not only was it the first race win in the championship for both but it came at, of all places, Coates’s home track. Significant, too, is the fact that Ciceley also runs one of the top teams in the Dunlop British Touring Car Championship.
Furthermore its win was achieved just moments before reigning UK Clio Cup Champion Ashley Sutton then went out and won for the first time in the BTCC.
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Coates becomes the sixth different driver in ten races to win in the UK Clio Cup in 2016; Ciceley the sixth different team. They join Paul Streather/Finesse Motorsport, Lee Pattison/Team Cooksport, Ant Whorton-Eales/JamSport, Mike Bushell/Team Pyro and Rivett/WDE.
The record for most different winners in a season is eight – set in 2008. But with eight more rounds to come and numerous other names all looking like potential winners, there is a realistic chance that record could be matched or even beaten in 2016…
Heading into the mid-season break it is Whorton-Eales who currently leads the standings but his margin at the top over second-placed Bushell is tiny – just three points with a possible 272 still up for grabs.
The action resumes with rounds 11 and 12 at the Snetterton circuit in Norfolk on Sat 30/Sun 31 July.
Meanwhile the UK Clio Cup race car has received high praise from Renault Sport Formula One Team driver Jolyon Palmer after he drove it for the first time.
“That is really good fun,” he reported. “I’ve never driven a front-wheel-drive racing car before so it was something different for me.
“But I’m surprised with the amount of grip generally. It also feels like a proper racing car and you can attack the brakes which any serious racing driver loves.
“In summary there’s a lot of grip, it’s very stiff and great fun to hustle. You can see why it’s perfect for a young driver looking to a career in touring cars or even GTs.”
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