13/09/2018

Rivett: “Massive Silverstone weekend pivotal to Clio Cup title outcome"

Twelve months on from the scene of one of his most famous victories, Paul Rivett says Silverstone this time around will be one of the biggest weekends of his illustrious Renault UK Clio Cup career.
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Rewind to September 2017 and Rivett, on the same Silverstone National circuit lay-out being used this weekend, caught and passed Mike Bushell to win incredibly his 200th race in the championship (second place for Bushell was enough for him to become Champion)…

That was Rivett’s 47th win in the Clio Cup and a year later he is now on 49 after victories this season at Brands Hatch and Croft.

A 50th would be special but he is also closer to winning a fourth Clio Cup title than at any time since last clinching the crown – his third in the category – in 2011.

“This weekend is massive!” said Rivett. “To win three titles was amazing but a fourth would be even better – it would be my team, WDE’s, first.

“So, yes, Silverstone is one of the most important weekends I’ve ever done in the Clio Cup. It’s pivotal for the championship.”

Rivett will go into the event second in the standings, just seven points behind leader, Team Pyro’s Max Coates, with a possible maximum of 56 up for grabs across the two races.

“The plan is to beat Max and come out ahead of him in the championship and I don’t see any reason why we can’t – Silverstone is a track I’ve always been strong at,” added Rivett.

“Then it’s just Brands Hatch Grand Prix to go and I feel we’ve always been stronger around there than him in the past.

“It is such a critical stage of the season, though. One bad result for anyone still in with a chance of it this weekend and it’s effectively game over.

“But if you were making a bet then you’re more likely to go with the guy who’s won it three times before; not the guy who’s not done it before.

“Looking back, we’ve had our fair share of bad luck in 2018, particularly the big accident at Donington Park in April – had it not been for that then I’m confident we’d have been leading the championship all the way.”

While Rivett has his eyes on the big prize he is also determined to make it 50 career wins before the season is out.

“It would be incredible,” he continued. “I don’t think anyone else has come anywhere close to that sort of number in Clio Cup competition anywhere in the world, let alone four titles.

“I certainly do not want to get to the end of 2018 still stuck on 49!”