VIDEO: Thruxton thrills galore as ‘wide open’ Renault UK Clio Cup season heads to Cheshire and North Yorks

Cheshire’s swooping Oulton Park and North Yorkshire’s daunting Croft are the next two circuits facing the Renault UK Clio Cup grid which, rich in quality, is making picking a potential champion in 2016 nigh on impossible.
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As our video shows there was plenty to wow yet another bumper trackside crowd when the championship raced most recently at Hampshire’s high-speed Thruxton circuit.

WDE Motorsport’s three-time champ Paul Rivett continues to lead the points standings despite a 100mph spin at Thruxton where JamSport’s Ant Whorton-Eales achieved wins in both races.

His second victory was slightly fortuitous, however – Team Pyro’s Mike Bushell had crossed the line in front of him but was demoted to second by a time penalty.

For the second time in as many race events a new name celebrated podium success as Team Pyro’s 17-year-old Josh Price who took excellent second and then third-place results. In the previous round at Donington Park it had been the turn of WDE youngster Charlie Ladell with a second place.

Adding to the unpredictability of the racing, new teams and drivers to the championship have also starred: Donington saw Ciceley Motorsport’s Max Coates qualify on pole position while at Thruxton PP Motorsport and Anton Spires came on strong with sixth and fifth-place results.

And so on to the next four rounds – two each at Oulton Park near Chester this coming weekend (Sat 4/Sun 5 June) and Croft near Darlington (Sat 18/Sun 19 June).

Heading to Oulton, Rivett holds a slender six-point lead over 2014 champ Bushell who is still to taste victory in 2016. Next come Team Cooksport’s Lee Pattison, Whorton-Eales and Finesse Motorsport’s Paul Streather – that’s five different drivers representing five different teams covered by just 25 points (consider that 32 are awarded per win). In fact make that six all-different team-driver combos inside the top six with Ciceley/Coates in a not-too-distant sixth.

As ever the UK Clio Cup will race at both Oulton and Croft alongside the British Touring Car Championship meaning not just huge crowds but also live coverage on ITV4.

Oulton is one of the most famous and picturesque motor sport venues in Britain. Steeped in history, its off-camber, undulating lay-out makes it a real favourite among the drivers and fans who camp over in their thousands. Although flat by comparison, Croft is also a real test of a driver’s nerve and – prone to inclement weather – can often throw up a shock result. Furthermore the event marks the only opportunity for the majority fans in the North of England to see the UK Clio Cup and BTCC so again always proves highly popular.

Both circuits share one thing in common – they are famed for enabling the public to get closer to the on-track action than perhaps any other track on the calendar.

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