As in Saturday’s race Team BMR’s Burns, starting from pole position, again had to concede to WDE Motorsport’s Rivett through the first bend but this time he was quick to re-assert himself in the lead.
Westbourne Motorsport’s Dorlin was able to follow Burns past Rivett to take second and would then spend much of the race trying – albeit unsuccessfully – to find a way by.
Indeed, by the end Burns was able to cross the line more than two second clear of Dorlin who, in the closing stages, came under significant pressure from Rivett who took third.
Pyro’s Coates, who lost the championship lead to Rivett when he retired from Saturday’s opening race, finished fourth to maintain his second place in the standings.
The result means that Rivett, who has won the crown three times before, will go to the title-decider at his and his WDE team’s home circuit of Brands Hatch in a fortnight holding an 18-point lead over Coates at the top of the table. Dorlin in third is 25 points adrift of Rivett with a maximum of 56 available from the two final rounds there.
“Winning yesterday for the time was special – doing the double today is something else!” beamed 17-year-old Burns, whose victory on Saturday had made him the youngest Clio Cup winner in history.
“It was tough again – fighting back against Rivett and then having to defend from Dorlin but I kept it covered and when they started to fight I got my head down and got away.”
Dorlin commented: “A few times I thought about the big move on Burns but Rivett was right there so I couldn’t risk too much and have him get past me – it was important I finished ahead of him to cut the gap, even if only by a little bit. Brands is going to be exciting!”
Rivett said: “Second yesterday, third today… it’s more big points for the championship and I’d say the situation now makes me the favourite to win the title at Brands. A fourth crown would be lovely but I’m wise enough to know that it's far from over – this is the Clio Cup after all.”
And Coates added: “I’m disappointed with the weekend obviously as we’ve fallen behind Paul at the top of the table. But the title is still very much on and that’s all I’m focusing on going to Brands – winning both races and winning the championship.”
Coates’s fourth place in today’s race came after a late move on WDE’s Lee Pattison who took fifth, although he was only just clear of MRM duo Jack Young and Brett Lidsey and DRM’s Daniel Rowbottom at the chequered flag.
Young, only 16 years old, had come through from 16th on the grid for his best result to date in sixth while Lidsey, who again set the race’s fastest lap, survived a late tangle with Rowbottom for seventh. Rowbottom had stood an outside chance of winning the title going into the race but eighth place spelt the end of his hopes…
Pyro’s Jack McCarthy and Matrix Motorsport’s Michael Epps completed the top ten after a tight tussle while Specialized Motorsport’s Nick Reeve was 11th and Matrix’s Aaron Thompson 12th after a strong charge from 18th on the grid.
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