05/06/2016

Whorton-Eales wins Oulton Park race two, first podium for Proctor

JamSport’s Ant Whorton-Eales turned the tables on Mike Bushell to win Sunday’s round of the Renault UK Clio Cup at Oulton Park after being beaten by the Team Pyro man in Saturday’s race while, behind, BMR-backed Senna Proctor took a breakthrough podium result in third.
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Live on ITV4, Whorton-Eales was quickly up to second place from fourth on the grid and putting early leader Bushell under pressure.

That pressure ultimately paid off when Bushell made the smallest of errors at the fast Old Hall corner, this losing him momentum on the exit and allowing Whorton-Eales to speed by into the lead along the following Avenue straight.

From there Whorton-Eales moved clear to take his fourth win of the season. The result has moved him to second in the standings behind Bushell.

Meanwhile 17-year-old Proctor spent most of his race – only his eighth in the UK Clio Cup – with his mirrors full of triple Champion Paul Rivett’s WDE Motorsport car.

Proctor, though, would not be put off and held on magnificently for third place – his first podium result in the UK Clio Cup. Rivett crossed the line in fourth but was relegated to 12th in final results by a time penalty for exceeding track limits.

This elevated the following Charlie Ladell (WDE), Max Coates (Ciceley) and Daniel Rowbottom (Team Ecomotive with Finesse) to fourth, fifth and sixth positions. Ladell scored two bonus points for setting the race’s fastest lap.

Similarly Cooksport’s Lee Pattison, JamSport’s Luke Kidsley, Finesse pair Paul Streather and Jake Giddings and Pyro’s David Dickenson also found themselves promoted ahead of Rivett on corrected times.

Whorton-Eales, who lost out to Bushell in a hard-fought battle for the win in Saturday’s race, commented: “I’m very pleased with this result – we’ve won four now from the last six races but this was probably the hardest to pull off, particularly as we made some good engineering changes to the car after qualifying when the car was not quite at its best. It also makes up for the disappointment of losing out on Saturday.”

Bushell, who leaves Oulton leading the championship, said: “Fair play to Ant – he got one opportunity and took it. His pace after that was very impressive but I’ve had a near perfect weekend with the win and fastest lap yesterday and second today. I can’t complain too much…”

A jubilant Proctor enthused: “Rivett made life very difficult for me and I don’t think I’ve ever had to fight so hard for a third place finish in anything I’ve driven before. I’m delighted and really believe I’ve really turned a corner this weekend – just in time for my home event at Croft in two weeks.”

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