Goff and Rivett again take the wins in Clio Cup at DoningtonPosted: April 17, 2012
In a repeat of Brands Hatch, Paul Rivett and Jack Goff again shared the victories in an action-packed rounds three and four of the Renault Clio Cup UK at Donington Park, Goff maintaining his championship lead.
Reigning champion Rivett started both of Sunday’s races from pole position, and only just held onto the lead at the start of race one as Team Pyro’s Josh Files tried unsuccessfully to go round the outside at Redgate.
Three corners later at Mcleans, Files had dropped behind team-mate Adam Bonham, but his race took a turn for the worse when he ran wide a corner later at Coppice, dropping out of the top ten.
Rivett led a train of Pyro team Clios, with Bonham, Goff and Kim Andersson staying tight to his rear bumper, which soon quickly became a seven-car train at the front as Rivett looked to be managing a slight lead early on.
Bonham immediately upped the pace with a pair of fastest laps however and closed to within a car length of the leader, while Goff and Andersson suddenly began to fall back from the leading duo.
The battle for sixth also kept fans entertained between Luke Wright and James Colburn, but that ended at half distance when Colburn tried a pass exiting Old Hairpin and put two wheels on the grass heading up to Mcleans, spearing off into the gravel and retirement.
Having started 10th, rookie Ant Whorton-Eales had worked his way up to fifth place, and continued his charge at the expense of Andersson on the inside at Redgate. He then put a move on Goff for third exiting Coppice, before the Pyro man tried to retaliate into the chicane, Goff locking up and taking to the grass on the inside, dropping to fifth place.
Rivett took his second win in a row from ex-Ginetta Junior driver Bonham, while Westbourne Motorsport’s Whorton-Eales was rewarded with third and rookie honours after his great drive, ahead of Wright, Goff and Andersson.
Files could only recover to ninth behind James Dixon and Josh Cook, while William Davison beat Nicolas Hamilton to 10th place. Another ex-Ginetta Junior driver, Jake Giddings’s race ended in spectacular fashion with a huge spin at Craner, while Masters class honours went to former Mini racer Finlay Crocker in 14th.
Race two saw Goff on the front row this time, and he beat Rivett away from the grid once the ligths went out, his team-mate Andersson trying to follow him on the outside line.
The Swedish driver challenged down through Craner Curves, but lost control and snapped into a wild spin through the grass where he slid sideways across the track at the bottom, Wright spinning to a halt in the gravel and Aaron Williamson losing it also as cars braked to avoid the mayhem.
After a safety car, the race lost Files after he tried to pass second-place man Rivett inside at Redgate, the way going side-by-side through Old Hairpin before coming together at Mcleans, Rivett running wide and dropping behind Bonham and Colburn, while Files retired with suspension damage from the contact.
Goff held a comfortable lead at this point, but that gap was shrunk significantly by team-mate Bonham over the course of the race, and soon he was on his tail. Rivett and Colburn also upped their pace, and joined the pair to make it a four-car dice for the win.
Goff however was unfazed and took his second win of the season with a strong defensive drive, beating Bonham who took his second podium of the day ahead of Rivett and Colburn, all finishing less than a second apart at the flag after a great race.
Scuderia Vittoria’s Dixon finished a distant fifth ahead of Whorton-Eales, while a great fightback drive came from Andersson, passing Vic Covey, Mike Bushell and Cook to finish in seventh place after his heart-stopping lap one off.
Simon Belcher made up for not even completing a lap in race one by takong Masters honours in the second with 12th place, ahead of rally-graduate Adam Gould, who after a spin on the first lap in race one, put in great drive to finish 13th after starting 23rd.
Goff remains the championship leader after another victory, while a pair of second places puts Pyro team-mate Bohnam now second ahead of Rivett as the series heads to Thruxton.
Championship standings after Rounds 3-4:
1. Jack Goff – 112
2. Adam Bonham – 105
3. Paul Rivett – 89
4. Ant Whorton-Eales – 77
5. James Dixon – 74
6. Josh Files – 62