Jamie Bond made many of the headlines with his maiden pole position in the category – that was after had also topped free practice for the first time.
There was more to come in the races as well as he took a pair of second place results – again, his best so far and off the back of two breakthrough top-three finishes just a fortnight earlier at Croft.
Oh, and he also led a Clio Cup race for the first time…
Not only that but his second place in race two behind team-mate Max Coates meant a dream 1-2 result for Team HARD – its first in the Clio Cup.
Jack Young’s win in race one marked the second time this year that the MRM driver had achieved a maximum score of 28 points – victory (25) plus fastest lap (2) plus leading across the line at some stage (1).
Meanwhile Coates’s victory in race two promoted him to equal tenth in the Clio Cup’s ‘most wins’ chart – he now has 12, the same as 2008 Champion Ben Winrow. Previously he had been tied on 11 with 2009 champ Phil Glew…
One more will put him equal ninth on 13 with three more former title-winners, Daniel Buxton, Tom Onslow-Cole and Dave Newsham. Two more and he will move to joint seventh on 14 with 2016 champ Ant Whorton-Eales and former championship runner-up Ed Pead (now driver coach for the Westbourne Motorsport team)!
Which brings us on to one of Westbourne’s current drivers, Ben Colburn… a week after his fine podium result in Paul Ricard’s Clio Cup Open international event, Colburn equalled his best result to date in the UK Clio Cup at Oulton with another third place finish to add to the one he achieved at Donington Park in April.
In Oulton’s second race, he also collected the bonus points for fastest lap for the first time.
Fourth place on both grids also marked the highest up he has qualified so far in the Clio Cup…