07/06/2015

WHORTON-EALES PENALTY HANDS VICTORY TO HAND IN OULTON PARK RACE TWO

Ash Hand (Nuneaton) was declared the winner of today’s second Renault UK Clio Cup race at Cheshire’s Oulton Park circuit after Ant Whorton-Eales (Lichfield), who had taken victory on the road, was given a time penalty.
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Championship officials deemed SV Racing’s Whorton-Eales had unfairly passed Team Pyro’s Hand earlier in the race when their cars made contact. Whorton-Eales would cross the line in first place with a recovering Hand right behind him but later their positions were reversed, giving Hand his fourth win of the season.

However it is Whorton-Eales who continues to lead the standings and by an increased margin after closest rival prior to the race, BMR Restart with Pyro’s Ashley Sutton (Bishops Stortford) retired. Instead Hand has now moved into second on the leaderboard, 21 points behind Whorton-Eales.

Hand commented: “I feel that’s the right result as I didn’t think the move was really on, although I don’t have anything against Ant. Things happen on track when you have competitive drivers wanting to win a championship like this.”

Whorton-Eales said: “I felt Ash had left a gap so committed myself to going for it. I never want there to be contact like that and fair play to Ash – he controlled the slide he got into very well to keep going. Second yesterday, second today and a bigger championship lead than I’d started the weekend with… I’ll take that.”

Finishing third and fourth were 20Ten Racing’s Jordan Stilp (Towcester) and WDE Motorsport’s Paul Rivett (Epsom) – results that keep both firmly in the title hunt – although Rivett had to contend with damage to his car.

Rivett had found himself squeezed over the edge of the circuit and his car knocked a tyre marker onto the track – this striking Sutton’s car which later retired with front-end damage. It was a sad end to Sutton’s race as, in the opening stages, he had fought with Whorton-Eales for the lead until running off the track when their cars brushed panels. As a result he has fallen to third in the standings, 47 points adrift of Whorton-Eales.

Charles Ladell (Ipswich) made it two Cooksport cars in the top six with fifth position – it also meant drivers from five different teams filled the top five places. Ladell crossed the line right behind the hobbled Rivett and just ahead of SVR’s Jack Mitchell (West Kingsdown), while a time penalty dropped Cooksport’s Jon Maybin (Chinnor) from fourth on the road to seventh in the results. JamSport’s Dan Holland (Dagenham), Pyro’s Brett Smith (Wellingborough) – who also received a time penalty – and Cooksport’s George Jackson (Bedford) completed the top ten.

Elswhere Pyro's Mark Howard (Oakham) took 13th – the highest placed Masters Cup driver to extend his already commanding lead in the class for older drivers.

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