Whorton-Eales wins Silverstone race two to set up thrilling Brands Hatch title decider with Bushell

Ant Whorton-Eales led all the way to take victory in Sunday's Renault UK Clio Cup round at Silverstone and boost his chances of beating arch rival Mike Bushell to the title in Brands Hatch's season finale in a fortnight's time (Sat 1/Sun 2 Oct).
  • Start-01.jpg (2)
  • Whorton-Eales-02.jpg
  • Podium-01.jpg (3)

Team Pyro’s Bushell started the race from pole position but it was Whorton-Eales's JamSport machine that took the lead at the first bend and from there he was never headed.

That was despite pressure all the way from Bushell who ultimately took second place, just behind at the chequered flag.

The result mirrored that of Saturday’s race which Whorton-Eales won from Bushell (albeit following a clerk of the course’s hearing which reversed their positions – see separate story).

Bushell continues to lead the standings outright from Whorton-Eales but the gap is no down to just 14 points. Furthermore, when the championship’s all-important two-dropped-scores rule is applied, Whorton-Eales moves eight points clear.

Whorton-Eales, whose two wins at Silverstone are his eighth and ninth of the season, commented: “A bit like Saturday’s race when I had Mike behind me for so long, I had to drive every lap inch perfect to stop him finding an opening. There was a lot of pressure but I quite like those situations and these are just the results we needed before Brands Hatch.”

Bushell said: “Having won Saturday’s race on the road but then having had it taken away by the officials for the move I pulled on Ant, I didn’t really have many options left in that one. It is very follow-the-leader around here and he didn’t put a wheel wrong. But now it’s down to Brands Hatch where I won the title two years ago.”

Behind the top two in Sunday’s race, Ciceley Motorsport’s Max Coates – who is now assured of the Graduates Cup crown for young, first-year driver – held off WDE Motorsport’s Paul Rivett to finish in third. This was at the expense of Pyro’s Josh Price who held the position early on only to lose out considerably when ordered to serve a drive-through pit lane penalty for having made a false start…

BMR/Pyro’s Senna Proctor’s was right behind in fifth – himself having to defend hard to resist Cooksport’s Lee Pattison who took sixth. JamSport’s Luke Kidsley, PP Motorsport’s James Colburn, Finesse Motorsport’s Paul Streather, Ciceley’s Ollie Pidgley and Pyro’s David Dickenson were next up to complete the top 11 which was covered by less than four seconds. Streather set the race's fastest lap during another great charge through the field from a lowly starting position...

Cooksport’s Shayne Deegan, JamSport’s Chris Smiley, Ciceley’s Dan Zelos and Finesse’s Jake Giddings were classified 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th – Giddings and Smiley with time penalties for exceeding track limits which cost them their chance of a top-ten result. The recovering Price was 17th ahead of Cooksport’s George Jackson and JamSport’s Graham Field.

Jackson had suffered a spin in a collision with R-Tech/Pyro’s Davis who then retired with damage to his car. Likewise Charlie Ladell was forced to pull up in his WDE car after a couple of early ‘altercations’.

CLICK HERE for race result.

CLICK HERE for championship positions heading to the Brands Hatch season finale.