23/08/2017

Stats show there’s plenty more at stake – not just the title – at Rockingham

We all know that Mike Bushell could clinch a second Renault UK Clio Cup crown at Rockingham but so much more could hinge on his performances at the Northamptonshire circuit. Let us explain…
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If Bushell turns his current 98-point championship lead into 137 points by end of play on Sunday he has it all sewn up, even with four races still to go.

That’s because those four races – two each at Silverstone a fortnight later and then Brands Hatch at the end of September – carry a total combined of only 136.

It will be interesting to see if Bushell drives Rockingham’s races with the same ‘will to win’ as displayed previously this season. It’s a mindset that has brought him seven wins from the 12 races to date…

 It’s an interesting one as driving at the maximum always brings with it obvious risks. ‘Driving for points’, with the title in mind, however also carries risk – not least becoming mixed up in battles with unfamiliar rivals.

Bushell has openly said on record he is about winning races and, with that in mind, it is likely he won’t change a thing in his approach – ie he’ll look to add to his nine pole positions and those seven wins so far in 2017. After all, as he has proved many a time this year, pole and two quick laps from the off mean you’re out on your own and safe from what’s happening behind…

If any extra motivation were needed, two more wins at Rockingham would keep him on course to eclipse Dave Newsham’s record of 12 wins in a season. Two wins at Rockingham would also be his best bet (depending on what the others do) of wrapping up the title with four races still to go; only one driver has managed that before – that man Newsham again, in 2010!

There’s another record (another Newsham one) also in sight – ending the season with the biggest points total in championship history. Newsham racked up an astonishing 529 points in 2010 out of the 18 races he contested. Six maximums from here on in would give Bushell 565 from an identical number of starts…

Jonathan Adam’s record 15 poles from 2005 can also be equalled by Bushell if he starts from the front in six remaining races.

Indeed Bushell’s nine poles so far this season put him on a career tally of 28 – six more and he will end the year equal at the top of the charts on 34 with Paul Rivett, currently his closest championship rival.

Adam's record of six consecutive wins can be matched by Bushell at Rockingham as well if he is victorious in both races there.

As we said when we came in there’s plenty more at stake than just the title at Rockingham this weekend…