Pattison leads Clio Cup championship after round one

Paul Streather and Lee Pattison took wins in the first Clio Cup round of the 2016 championship. Pattison holds the championship lead as the Clio Cup grid leaves the Brands Hatch circuit.

Race One

>Ant Whorton-Eales qualified in pole but was disqualified for the qualifying, promoting Daniel Rowbottom to pole for his Clio Cup debut. It was a great start for the Team Ecomotive driver, but it wasn’t to last when he crashed on the first lap and let Streather through to take the lead of the race.

Streather led every lap from then on, taking the win ahead of Pattison and Paul Rivett.

Rivett tried to challenge Pattison for the second step of the podium, but found himself under pressure from Mike Bushell running in fourth and had to defend hard towards the end of the race. Bushell settled for fourth in the first race of the championship, but it wouldn’t be the last battle of the weekend between the two of them.

“It’s been a near-perfect start for us,” said Streather. “We’re a one-car team so don’t quite have the resources of the others so to win straight out of the blocks is pretty remarkable.”

Results below.

Race Two

Pattison lined up on pole for the second race of the weekend, alongside Rivett. The Team Cooksport driver got a good start of the start line, but it wasn’t enough to leave Rivett behind and the WDE Motorsport driver darted around behind Pattison to find a way past.

Bushel, starting back in sixth, was up in third and quickly found his way to Rivett’s rear bumper, giving Pattison a little bit of a breather when the WDE Motorsport driver had to defend.

A mistake for Rivett sent him wide, but he managed to keep hold of the second place until the end. Race one winner Streather fancied his chances against Bushell at the end of the race, but couldn’t get past, letting Bushell finish on the third step of the podium.

Pattison’s win and P2 puts him in the lead of the championship.

“Brands Hatch has always been my bogey circuit, but I don’t think you can say that anymore,” he said. “I’ve finished runner up in the championship before but this is the first time I’ve actually led it.”

Rivett, with a second and third place already on his score sheet, is second in the championship.

“I’ve been in the UK Clio Cup since 2001 and the level of competition this weekend is probably higher than I can ever remember,” he said. “I’m very happy with a third and a second – it’s the best start I’ve had for a couple of seasons.”

Results below.

Results

Race One

1 – Paul Streather – Finesse Motorsport
2 – Lee Pattison – Team Cooksport
3 – Paul Rivett – WDE Motorsport
4 – Mike Bushell – Team Pyro
5 – Charles Ladell – WDE Motorsport
6 – Max Coates – Ciceley Motorsport
7 – Josh Price – Team Pyro
8 – Ant Whorton-Eales – JamSport Racing
9 – Luke Kidsley – JamSport Racing
10 – Paul Plant – Vanquish Motorsport
11 – Senna Proctor – Team BMR with Pyro
12 – David Dickenson – Team Pyro
13 – Rory Collingbourne – Team Cooksport
14 – George Jackson – Team Cooksport
15 – Sam Watkins – 20Ten Racing
16 – Ollie Pidgley – Ciceley Motorsport
17 – Anton Spires – PP Motorsport
18 – Tom Butler – 20Ten Racing
19 – Graham Field – JamSport Racing
20 – Rory Green – WDE Motorsport
21 – Daniel Rowbottom – Team Ecomotive – DNF
22 – Dan Zelos – Ciceley Motorsport – DNF
23 – Peter Felix – 20Ten Racing – DNF

Race Two

1 – Lee Pattison – Team Cooksport
2 – Paul Rivett – WDE Motorsport
3 – Mike Bushell – Team Pyro
4 – Paul Streather – Finesse Motorsport
5 – Charles Ladell – WDE Motorsport
6 – Ant Whorton-Eales – JamSport Racing
7 – Daniel Rowbottom – Team Ecomotive
8 – Max Coates – Ciceley Motorsport
9 – David Dickenson – Team Pyro
10 – George Jackson – Team Cooksport
11 – Ollie Pidgley – Ciceley Motorsport
12 – Sam Watkins – 20Ten Racing
13 – Josh Price – Team Pyro
14 – Paul Plant – Vanquish Motorsport
15 – Anton Spires – PP Motorsport
16 – Rory Green – WDE Motorsport
17 – Luke Kidsley – JamSport Racing
18 – Peter Felix – 20Ten Racing
19 – Tom Butler – 20Ten Racing
20 – Dan Zelos – Ciceley Motorsport
21 – Senna Proctor – Team BMR with Pyro
22 – Rory Collingbourne – Team Cooksport
23 – Graham Field – JamSport Racing
Image Credit: Renault UK Clio Cup Press Office

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