04/05/2017

Watch for WDE vs Pyro at Thruxton as teams’ title battle continues

Heading to Thruxton, a whopper of a battle to be top team in the Renault UK Clio Cup is unfolding with WDE Motorsport currently ahead of the outfit to beat for so many years, Pyro Motorsport…
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It really is nip and tuck between the pair with just ten points separating them – WDE on 202; Pyro on 192. CLICK HERE for the points table.

Consider that a maximum of 60 is possible in any one race if (32+28) a team’s drivers cross the line in first and second places – points are awarded to each outfit’s two highest placed finishers.

The best either has managed to date is WDE’s 57 in Brands Hatch’s opening round in which Lee Pattison took victory for 32 points and Paul Rivett third for a further 25.

Pyro’s best is a 54 which came in round two at Brands thanks to a win for Mike Bushell (32) and a fourth (22) for Jack McCarthy. Like Rivett at WDE, Bushell has contributed for his team in every race. And just like Pattison, McCarthy has contributed on three occasions – the odd round out being Donington’s opening race when Ash Hand came in fourth right behind third-placed Bushell…

Similarly Dan Zelos joined Rivett in scoring for WDE in Donington's second race.

Of the four races to date, it is two apiece in terms of the bigger points haul. In no race has either team managed to outscore the other by any more than nine points. It really has been that close...

Now to Thruxton. Of Pyro’s drivers Bushell and Hand have both won there in recent times while McCarthy and another of its drivers, Nathan Harrison, looked very much on the pace in pre-event testing.

In the WDE corner, Pattison is regarded something of a Thruxton specialist while Rivett has also tasted the victory champagne in the past at the Hants circuit. Zelos was looking tidy there in testing, too.

A mouth-watering battle for supremacy is in store but it could of course be that neither team does the winning around Thruxton and, indeed, the others catch up slightly.

Currently third in the standings is Ciceley Motorsport with Max Coates – high on confidence after his first and second place results at Donington Park last time out. Coates has been Ciceley's top scoring driver in every race while Luke Reade and Sam Osborne have helped add to its tally.

Fourth is Westbourne Motorsport and Thruxton is where its vastly experienced James Colburn – driving under the PP Motorsport banner – has always excelled. Remember his famous double there in 2012? However excellent 'rookie' James Dorlin has been its biggest contributor in three of the four rounds so far with Ambrogio Perfetti also a factor along the way...