Whorton-Eales started from pole position but was headed into the first corner by Lee Pattison before edging back ahead a few moments later. Team Cooksport’s Pattison then became embroiled in a knife-edge battle for second with Rivett and WDE team-mate Charles Ladell.
Under braking for the chicane there was the lightest of contact between Ladell and Pattison and the Cooksport driver was sent into a high-speed spin, his car immediately hobbled by a broken wheel.
Rivett and Ladell then tried to close in on the fleeing Whorton-Eales but the JamSport driver responded with a string of quick laps to run out a comfortable winner. Rivett took second with Ladell achieving a maiden UK Clio Cup podium result in third thanks to successfully defending his position in the closing laps from a highly determined Paul Streather – the Finesse Motorsport driver on a charge with the race’s fastest lap.
The result means that Rivett has taken over the championship lead ahead of Whorton-Eales and Streather. Pattison, who had gone into the weekend in the lead, has fallen to fourth although he did recover to finish today’s second race in 18th following a pit stop for repairs.
Furthermore WDE has regained the lead of the Entrants’ championship having lost it in this morning's race to Cooksport.
Whorton-Eales commented: “That was a more straightforward win than this morning – it was all about breaking the tow to the cars behind and then keeping the gap. After a difficult Brands Hatch it’s the perfect way to respond.”
Rivett said: “I thought for a moment I might be able to lose on Ant and take Charlie with me but Ant put on a bit of a spurt mid-race and he was gone. But my 100th podium and the championship lead – and a first podium for Charlie. It’s a mega result for everyone at WDE.”
Ladell added: “I’m delighted, of course. The incident with Pattison… I felt a very slight knock towards the rear of my car but wasn’t sure what had happened to him. Then I had Streather to deal with – he had massive pace – so I was relieved to hang on. I’m very proud of that drive, though.”
Behind the top four Ciceley Motorsport’s Max Coates continued his strong day to finish fifth for his fourth straight maximum score in the Graduates Cup for younger first season drivers. His result was all the more impressive as he took the position after coming out on top of a fierce scrap with former Champion, Team Pyro’s Mike Bushell who finished in sixth. Daniel Rowbottom also showed well in seventh for Team Ecomotive with Finesse.
One drive of real note was that of Senna Proctor who took a fine eighth in his far from perfect Team BMR with Pyro car which had been hastily repaired after a sizeable roll in this morning’s race. Pyro’s Josh Price and Cooksport’s Rory Collingbourne also starred in ninth and tenth positions after starting from 17th and 20th respectively.
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