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08/11/2018

Rivett wins fourth Clio Cup crown on appeal

Paul Rivett has been confirmed as a four-time Renault UK Clio Cup Champion after winning an appeal which swung 2018’s title outcome in his favour.
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Youngster James Dorlin was provisionally crowned Champion at Brands Hatch’s final rounds in September.

But that was pending an appeal to UK motor sport’s governing body Motorsport UK by Rivett against his disqualification from third place in an earlier round at Silverstone.

Rivett’s appeal was heard by MSUK’s National Court (7 November) and its panel over-ruled his disqualification and restored him to third place in the Silverstone race.

This immediately gave him back 20 points – enough to overhaul Dorlin by an eventual margin of

Westbourne Motorsport driver Dorlin, with an unrivalled six race wins during the season, thus ends the year second overall just ahead of Team Pyro’s Max Coates in third.

Rivett’s title is the fourth of his Clio Cup career which started in 2001. In that time he has contested more than 200 races and won 49 of them. His previous titles came in 2002, 2004 and 2011.

The 40-year-old Surrey racer reflected: “A fourth title is very special but I’d also say extra special because this is the one I’ve had to work the hardest for.

“This title shows just how much the WDE team has grown and improved since I first joined them in 2014. 

“Looking back I’d say the pivotal moment in the season was Donington Park in April – we suffered a very heavy crash in race one and the crew only had three hours to get my car repaired for race two.

“The fact they managed it and it was still good enough to take fourth place was massive for us – it earned us 20 points without which we would not have won this title.”

Wayne Eason, boss of Rivett’s team WDE Motorsport, said: “I’d like to praise James Dorlin and Westbourne Motorsport. We are very respectful of them and I actually have a bit of sympathy with them to have it taken away like this but, as has been decided by the Motorsport UK’s National Court, we are genuinely the champions.”

Meanwhile the Westbourne squad has already said it is planning a fresh assault on 2019’s Clio Cup having narrowly missed out in 2018 in which it also came closest of any team to achieving a 1-2 result in a race.

Team Principal Richard Colburn commented: “Being denied a first title by a Motorsport UK hearing pains us a little but, still, what a terrific season we’ve had.”

The Specialized Motorsport, BLG Racing and Matrix Motorsport teams – all new to the Clio Cup in 2018 – have also been speaking of more ambitious plans for the 2019 season.

CLICK HERE for all the latest Clio Cup news and to see the final 2018 drivers’ points table.