04/09/2019

Revealed: ‘biggest achievers’ so far in 2019 Clio Cup season

Most pole positions, wins, podiums, fastest laps, laps and miles led… read on to find who has done what so far in 2019.
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Perhaps the best way to run through it is to follow the pattern of a race weekend so let us begin with qualifying, specifically pole positions.

Max Coates, the current championship leader, tops our poles column but it’s close. From a possible 12 he’s achieved five ahead of title rivals Jack Young on four, Jamie Bond on two and Brett Lidsey one.

Moving on to wins, Coates is again ahead with six to Young’s four with Bond and – thanks to being in the right place at the right time at Thruxton – Ethan Hammerton on one victory each.

On podium results, Coates remains on top with nine from Young on eight, Bond and Lidsey on seven each, Hammerton and Ben Colburn both on two and Tyler Lidsey on one. Notably, it was at Thruxton where both Lidseys achieved breakthrough results (Brett with his first pole, Tyler with a top-three result on his debut weekend).

Fastest laps… after the first of the two most recent rounds at Thruxton, Bond had nosed ahead with four only for this to be equalled in the very next race at the Hants circuit by Coates. Young is on three with Colburn also on the board thanks to his efforts at Oulton Park.

Now for the big numbers – laps and miles led. And in both it is Young who is ahead.

Out of 161 laps covered so far this season he has crossed the line in first a total of 76 times – almost a 50% hit rate. Coates is next on 57…

Those 161 laps equate to 325.8289 miles and Young has been in front for 142.1116 of them. Again Coates is next up, on 109.9116,

Interestingly, after round seven at Oulton, Young was on 71 laps and 128.4929 miles led compared to Coates's 30 and 45.408 respectively – an indicator of how things have unfolded in the five races since…

Meanwhile Bond, who led at Oulton Park and all the way in race two at Snetterton only to be denied the win by a start-line time penalty, is third on 40.8217.

Similarly, Lidsey B’s tally of 28.272 comes courtesy of a race he led from start to finish but didn’t win (a start-line penalty costing him dear in race one at Thruxton).

Thruxton further plays a part in our season so-far statistics for it was here that Colburn got his name on the laps led leaderboard by running at the front for two tours.

Elsewhere, three drivers have so far managed the maximum score of 28 points: that’s victory (25 points) plus one for leading across the line and another two for fastest lap. Coates has achieved this thrice (Brands Hatch Indy x2, Croft race one), Young twice (Donington race two, Oulton Park race one) and Bond once (Snetterton race one).

By managing it in both races at Brands, Coates is the only driver to achieve the perfect score of 56 points in one weekend.

The longest run of consecutive podium results is five, achieved by both Young (Brands x2, Donington x2, Croft race one) and Bond (Croft x2, Oulton x2, Snetterton race one).