Ciceley Motorsport’s Coates currently holds the position, just nine points ahead of 4Front Motor Group with WDE’s Rivett (338 plays 329). However when the two-dropped-scores rule is applied it is Rivett who moves ahead by eight points (his current dropped score total is just six compared to the 23 of Coates).
Rivett, the three-time Champion, believes he is in control of the situation – Brands is WDE’s home circuit and they have won together before around its Grand Prix circuit being raced on this weekend.
And he commented: “I’m going to treat Mike and Ant just the same as at any race during the season – I’m here to get the best results for my team. If we end up on track together then it’s game on as normal.
“I’ve got the upper hand over Max on dropped scores so I don’t see why we won’t do it on a circuit where we are always so strong.”
Coates, however, has other ideas. He said: “I don’t think it matters which track we’re at; every one has been new to me in a UK Clio Cup car this year and it’s remained very close between Paul and I throughout.
“As for Mike and Ant, I see no reason to change the way I race them just because it’s the final rounds. After all a couple of wins would help me beat Paul which would be a major achievement.
“Besides, people shouldn’t be rolling over for you just because you’re in with a shot of the title. You are not a real Champion unless you do it the hard way, in my view…”
Meanwhile the ultra-experienced Rivett has given his view on Bushell and Whorton-Eales. Bushell, Champion in 2014, would join Rivett in becoming only the second driver to lift the UK Clio Cup crown a second time if he wins the title at Brands Hatch…
“There’s a very good reason they are still in with a chance and it’s because they’ve both done a great job,” explained Rivett. “Mike has fewer wins than Ant (3-9) but that doesn’t mean to say he doesn’t deserve it – he’s a great driver and we’ve had champions in the past with fewer wins than he’s got now and even one who didn’t win a race at all!
“He’s also got more points outright and trounced everyone when it’s come to qualifying on pole position. It’s certainly going to be very interesting to see how it plays out – in my mirrors, I hope …”