Whorton-Eales given the win ahead of Bushell after controversial finish to Silverstone race one

Ant Whorton-Eales has been declared the winner of Saturday’s Renault UK Clio Cup race at Silverstone even though he finished second on the road behind arch title rival Mike Bushell after the pair had clashed while fighting for the lead in the closing stages.
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JamSport’s Whorton-Eales had led the race right up to the penultimate lap when Team Pyro’s Bushell made his move for the lead through the left- and then-right handed Brooklands and Luffield corners.

This put him in front of Whorton-Eales and he duly held on around the final lap to cross the finishing line in first position, just 0.276s ahead of Whorton-Eales. Pyro’s Josh Price finished close behind in third.

However the UK Clio Cup’s clerk of the course later deemed that Bushell's tactics had been excessive and relegated him back to second position behind Whorton-Eales in the results.

It's a decision that could prove crucial in the title race for it brings the gap between the pair down to just 18 points instead of 26 had Bushell been allowed to keep the win...

They also still have Silverstone's second race to come – on Sunday at 1.45pm and being shown live on ITV4. Bushell will start the race from pole position with Whorton-Eales right alongside him in second...

Behind the top three, WDE Motorsport’s Paul Rivett and Ciceley Motorsport’s Max Coates, who had started from pole position, were fourth and fifth. Both were less than a second behind 'winner' Bushell at the finishing line.

James Colburn was an excellent sixth for the PP Motorsport team in his first race back in the championship for 18 months. Pyro’s David Dickenson, JamSport’s Luke Kidsley, Finesse Motorsport’s Paul Streather and WDE’s Charlie Ladell completed the top ten.

Streather’s drive in particular really stood out for he had started way down in 19th position on the grid, the legacy of a heavy crash in Friday’s test sessions.

JamSport’s Chris Smiley escaped a scrape with BMR/Pyro’s Senna Proctor in the closing stages to come home in 11th. The incident cost Proctor momentum and he was also passed by Finesse’s Jake Giddings – up from 16th on the grid although he had run as high as ninth at one stage.

Proctor took 13th ahead of Team Cooksport’s Rory Collingbourne, R-Tech/Pyro’s Ben Davis, Ciceley’s Ollie Pidgley (who set the race’s fastest lap) and Cooksport’s George Jackson who lost much time with an early spin. His team-mate Lee Pattison and JamSport’s Graham Field were also in the wars early on and finished a lap behind in 18th and 19th.

Ciceley’s Dan Zelos and Cooksport’s Shayne Deegan were early retirements with damage to their cars which collided on the opening lap.

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