Ant Whorton-Eales says he will likely be the most committed he has ever been in a racing car at Brands Hatch this weekend (Sat 10/Sun 11 Oct) as he bids to win the Renault UK Clio Cup drivers’ crown.
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The Maximum Motorsport ace will go into the season’s final two rounds, around Brands Hatch’s legendary full-length Grand Prix circuit, tying for the championship lead with Team Pyro’s Ash Hand.

But on the all-important dropped scores rule – a driver must discard his or her worst two scores – he currently falls to third, 18 points adrift of Hand. Instead it is Team BMR Restart with Pyro’s Ashley Sutton who becomes Hand’s closest rival, 15 points off the lead.

Whorton-Eales, who has won two of the last of the last four rounds, said: “I’ve got nothing to lose – people don’t really remember who finished second so I will be trying the hardest I’ve ever tried in a race car.

“If I go off pushing then so be it. Obviously I’m not going to take someone else off but I am going there fully committed with no other thought than winning both races. I don’t want to go to bed Sunday night wondering…”

Whorton-Eales believes Hand is feeling the pressure of leading into the season finale after not winning any of the last four rounds – prior to that he had taken victory in seven out of 11 races.

He added: “He’s rattled, 100 per cent. You can tell by the way he’s driving suddenly. Pressure gets to everyone differently and maybe it’s hit him how close we are to the end of the season. But’s he’s still in a good place – he has points on the board.

“Even if I tie with Hand or Sutton on points they will probably still get the nod. I can’t match Hand’s number of wins and, although Sutton and I have got the same number of wins, I can’t match his number of seconds.

“It’s going to be very difficult – but I really enjoy the Brands GP circuit and was very fast there last year in the current UK Clio Cup car.”