Mike Bushell secured the 2017 Renault UK Clio Cup with a weekend to spare after a fifth and second place finish at Silverstone.
He spent the early part of the opening race battling with team-mate Jack McCarthy for fourth, but soon had to turn his attention to Dan Rowbottom behind him. The Bushell-Rowbottom battle allowed the rest of the field to close in, but Bushell held on to finish fifth.
He would start the opening race on pole, but lost out to Paul Rivett early on. Bushell dropped down to second, but rival Lee Pattison would need more than that to keep his hopes alive. The WDE Motorsport driver finished race one eighth and, whilst Bushell was able to defend second from Rowbottom, James Dorlin, and Max Coates, he could only finish 12th.
It means Bushell is now out of Pattison’s reach going into the final race of the weekend and he takes his second Clio Cup title.
Dorlin claimed his maiden Clio Cup victory in the wet opening race of the weekend. After starting behind the safety car, Dorlin swiftly passed Rivett and began to chase pole-sitter Lucas Orrock. Orrock was able to maintain the gap until he ran wide at Becketts, allowing Dorlin into the lead.
Orrock stayed close behind the Westbourne racer, but couldn’t find a way past. Rivett kept the Team Pyro driver under pressure, eventually finishing third.
After finishing sixth in race one, Rowbottom took third in race two ahead of Max Coates, who started 13th on the grid.
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