Bushell sewed up the title in the season’s penultimate event at Silverstone in September with a second place finish behind triple champ Paul Rivett who won his 200th race in the category.
Bushell then ended the season on a real high with wins in both final rounds held on his home circuit of Brands Hatch.
His winning margin over second placed Rivett in the end was 137 points – beating the previous record of 99 set by current British Touring Car Championship ace Dave Newsham in 2010.
Meanwhile Rivett did just enough to win the Masters Cup for older drivers. Bushell’s team, Team Pyro, also lifted the Entrants Trophy for the fifth time in six years.
Another Pyro driver, Nathan Harrison, held on to become Graduates Cup champion for younger drivers in their first season of UK Clio Cup racing ahead of Westbourne Motorsport’s James Dorlin.
Rewinding back to Silverstone, Dorlin achieved his second outright win of the season. In the same race, Pyro’s Lucas Orrock took his first UK Clio Cup pole position and podium result with second place. In the Brands Hatch finale there was another new face on the rostrum – WDE’s Dan Zelos who took a pair of second place finishes.
That made it 11 different drivers to have finished on the UK Clio Cup podium in 2017 which threw up many more significant numbers including
- Fastest race in history – winning average speed of 101.06mph – at Thruxton
- 6 different winners
- 33 drivers in total
- 10 different teams
- 229 racing laps
- 14 new qualifying & race lap records
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Meanwhile just two years after winning the UK Clio Cup, Ashley Sutton has been crowned the new BTCC Champion. This adds further to the UK Clio Cup’s credentials as the place to race for aspiring touring car stars of the future. In fact 17 out of this year’s 30 BTCC races were won by drivers with UK Clio Cup or Renault Sport racing backgrounds…
Elsewhere the race dates for 2018’s Renault UK Clio Cup season are now out. As in 2017, the category will again appear at nine of the BTCC’s high profile events – meaning the action will once more be played out in front of the biggest trackside crowds as well as live on ITV4.
Race dates: 2018 Renault UK Clio Cup:
Rounds Date Circuit, County
1&2 Sat 7/Sun 8 April Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent
3&4 Sat 28/Sun 29 April Donington Park, Leics
5&6 Sat 19/Sun 20 May Thruxton, Hampshire
7&8 Sat 9/Sun 10 June Oulton Park, Cheshire
9&10 Sat 23/Sun 24 June Croft, North Yorkshire
11&12 Sat 28/Sun 29 July Snetterton, Norfolk
13&14 Sat 11/Sun 12 August Rockingham, Northants
15&16 Sat 15/Sun 16 September Silverstone, Northants
17&18 Sat 29/Sun 30 September Brands Hatch (Grand Prix), Kent