Whorton-Eales wins Donington race 3 to extend championship lead

Ant Whorton-Eales (Lichfield) took victory and set the fastest lap for a maximum score in the second of today’s two Renault UK Clio Cup races at Donington Park to extend his lead in the championship over Ashley Sutton (Bishops Stortford) who finished in second place.
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SV Racing’s Whorton-Eales led all the way from pole position to become the first driver this season to win two races. A mid-race move by Sutton to take the lead from Whorton-Eales cost the Team BMR Restart with Pyro driver who instead lost momentum was passed for second by SVR’s Jack Mitchell (West Kingsdown).

Sutton eventually re-passed Mitchell late on for second but it was too late to do anything about the fleeing Whorton-Eales up front. Mitchell was third for his best Clio Cup result to date with Pyro’s Ash Hand (Nuneaton) just pipping WDE Motorsport’s Paul Rivett (Epsom) for fourth in the dash to the finish line.

Whorton-Eales will now take a 22-point lead – equivalent to a fourth place finish – into the Clio Cup’s next two races at Hampshire’s high-speed Thruxton circuit on the weekend of Sat 9/Sun 10 May.

He commented: “Jack getting in between me and Ashley was perfect – they held each other up and that gave me the break I needed. The bonus points for the fastest lap were the icing on the cake and with two second places from the two other races here it’s been the near-perfect weekend for me.”

Sutton added: “I had to have a go at Ant but sometimes these things don’t work and it meant I was trapped behind Jack for a long time. It was slightly frustrating to see him getting away as I felt I could have given him a fight but second is still good and keeps me right in the hunt.”

And said Mitchell: “Second would have been nice but Ashley just got the run on me heading down the Craner Curves and was able to get by – I thought about going really defensive but it could have been really risky so it was safer to let him go. But my results have kept improving all weekend so I’m happy.”

Behind 20Ten Racing’s Jordan Stilp (Towcester), who had been in the fight for second place for much of the race, was eventually shuffled back to sixth ahead of Pyro’s Brett Smith in seventh. JamSport Racing’s Dan Holland (Dagenham) had also looked to get in on the act but span down the order after contact with Team Cooksport’s Charles Ladell (Hildenborough) who was later penalised for his part in the incident.

Instead it was Rory Collingbourne (Newport) and George Jackson (Bedford) who were the highest finishers for Cooksport and JamSport in eighth and ninth. Eleventh for SVR’s Ben Seyfried (Yeovil) gave him his second win in the Masters Cup and he further extends his lead in the class for older drivers.

Click here for the race result.