Rivett takes Clio Cup win as Dixon has disasterPosted: April 3, 2011
Paul Rivett comfortably won the weekend’s second Clio Cup race at Brands Hatch while race one winner James Dixon was in the wars and Nick Hamilton again made the finish.
Then immediately mayhem almost broke out when Jack Goff tagged the rear corner of Dixon’s car and sent him spinning in the middle of the pack, somehow being missed by the rest of the field.
Dixon’s recovery drive on the restart was a troublesome one as he made his way up to 11th before spinning on his own accord at Clearways, after which he limped home in 13th.
The other big drama was the demise of second place man from yesterday Jake Packun, who went off at Paddock Hill bend into the gravel off camera, possibly assisted by a car problem.
Josh Files had an eventful race in a pack of fighting Clios, first having a huge sideways moment after contact in his battle with Tom Grice, before being muscled out again by Craig Currie this time at Graham Hill bend in a great scrap between the pack of cars.
Nick Hamilton again gave the crowd reason to cheer as he made it to the finish of the typically carnage-strewn 20 lap Clio encounter for the second time in a row. However he ended the first lap in the gravel trap after Mark proctor clumsily t-boned Hamilton’s car at Clearways and left them beached, although Hamilton got going again and avoided going a lap down.
Although he was half a lap behind because the race was about to get back underway, he continued on looking calm and smooth with his driving behind the wheel and made it to the flag in 15th to a round of cheers from the crowd.
“It was good, I got a good start and tried to get in there”, Hamilton said to ITV afterwards. “I just enjoyed the race and drove the car and tried to get some experience. I just wanted to enjoy it and push as hard as I could.
Im just trying to take it in my stride. He (Lewis) has given me a lot of support and the support i’ve had this weeknd has been unbelievable.”