Renault UK Clio Cup points leader Ant Whorton-Eales believes he still holds an ace up his sleeve as, unlike his chief title rivals, he has yet to suffer a poor result in 2015 which works to his advantage when dropped scores are taken into account.
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A driver must discard his or her worst two scores when calculating their final end-of-season totals and Team Pyro team-mates Ash Hand and Ashley Sutton – currently second and third in the standings behind him – have both suffered ‘zeros’ with a race retirement apiece.

Meanwhile SV Racing’s Whorton-Eales has finished every race bar one on the podium with his worst result to date a fourth.

He said: “That will be something that’s on their minds – they can only afford to mess up one more time before they then have to play it safe in every race thereafter.

“In effect they’ve already used one of their two lives. I’ve still got both of mine left.”

Whorton-Eales goes into this weekend’s two races at Croft (27-28 June) holding a 21 point lead over nearest challenger Hand (pictured above with him and who is slightly ahead when the current worst two scores are factored in).

“That simply doesn’t bother me at this stage of the season,” added Whorton-Eales. “I won’t even be too fussed if I don’t get a win at Croft this weekend – of course I’d like one at least but the main thing for me will be to try and slightly stretch my championship lead that little bit more over the others.”

Whorton-Eales believes 20Ten Racing’s Jordan Stilp – currently fifth in the table and yet to win in 2015 – will be the man to beat this weekend after his victory double at the North Yorkshire circuit 12 months ago

“He’s going to take some beating around there," continued 'AWE'. "He dominated last year and at one stage was lapping almost a second a lap faster than anyone else. He and his team really seem to have a very good set-up for the Croft lay-out.

“It’s a circuit I really enjoy and I was on the podium there in 2014 as well. It’s properly ‘old school’ with some really nice corners. The fast section out the back through the Jim Clark Esses is like threading a needle at 100mph. You’ve got to be brave and very precise at the same time.

“The atmosphere is also one of the best on the calendar. The fans there don’t get any other motor sport event like this all year so are always really appreciative and welcoming as well as frighteningly knowledgeable. We’ll be sleeping over in the paddock in the motorhome as usual and I’m really looking forward to it.”