Lidsey becomes season’s fifth winner with maiden victory at Silverstone

Brett Lidsey celebrated his first victory in the Renault UK Clio Cup in today’s race at Silverstone while second place for Max Coates enabled him to marginally increase his championship lead over Jack Young.
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Lidsey led all the way from pole position, although in the early stages was under pressure from MRM team-mate Young and Team HARD’s Coates.

Bond, also driving for Team HARD, managed to latch on to this trio by mid-distance after clearing Westbourne Motorsport duo Ben Colburn and Anton Spires.

Bond, Young and Coates then spent several laps swapping positions – chiefly through the Brooklands and Luffield corners – and their intense dice played perfectly into the hands of Lidsey who was able to draw clear in the lead.

In the end, Lidsey was able to cross the line some 1.3 seconds clear of his pursuers for his first race win in the Clio Cup and to become the season’s fifth different winner.

Coates just managed to hold on to second place ahead of Bond in third and Young in fourth.

Young also scored two bonus points for setting the fastest lap (a new lap record), limiting the damage to Coates who he now trails by six points at the top of the table.

The result means that Coates and Young are now guaranteed to be going to Brands Hatch’s season finale next month with a chance of the title. Third and fourth in the standings, Bond and Lidsey also remain in contention although they need to score well in tomorrow’s race to still be sure.

What did they say?
Lidsey reflected: “That’s a big relief – we led all the way at Thruxton but got a time penalty so it’s really nice to get it at last. Also our ‘Nan’ passed away recently so this is for her.

“I was keeping an eye on the mirror and could see them starting to fight behind me – that’s when I knew the win was really on, although the last lap felt like the slowest lap of my life!”

Coates commented: “That was a tough fight but the main thing is we’ve finished in front of Jack and added to our points lead.

“He was slowing things up at Becketts which he’s entitled to do so I had to get a bit inventive to make sure I got a better run out of there onto the back straight and it paid off. Getting Jamie in between us was a bonus.”

Bond said: "I'm quite happy with that even though Max and Brett have taken a few points out of me. But the forecast for tomorrow's race is rain and we were P1 in the wet test session on Friday so I'd be looking to do well in that one. Let's see..."

Young added: “We had good pace to start with but then then my car took a bit of a knock and after that wasn’t quite the same.

“At least we got the bonus points for fastest lap – Max had them up until near the end and if I’d not got them it’d be ten points instead of six between us.”

Result (provisional), Round 15, Silverstone:
1. Brett Lidsey (MRM), 18 laps in 19m27.446s (91.05mph)
2. Max Coates (Team HARD), +1.344s
3. Jamie Bond (Team HARD), +1.518s
4. Jack Young (MRM), +1.800s
5. Ben Colburn (Westbourne Motorsport), +2.721s
6. Anton Spires (Westbourne Motorsport), +3.288s
7. Ethan Hammerton (Team HARD), +6.927s
8. Jade Edwards (Assetto Motorsport), +7.193s
9. Nathan Edwards (MRM), +17.111s
10. Tyler Lidsey (MRM), +24.537s
11. Finlay Robinson (Westbourne Motorsport), +26.294s
12. Nick Halstead (Westbourne Motorsport), +33.940s
13. Paul Taylor (Team HARD), +35.268s
DNF. Luke Warr (Specialized Motorsport), +16 laps
Fastest lap: Young, 1m04.141s (new lap record)

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