James Dixon stormed to an inspired second victory at Donington Park today, rounding off a superb weekend for the Total Control Racing driver. Dixon led from pole and never looked like surrendering his lead, despite a first corner contretemps with championship leader Paul Rivett (Lumison BlueSquare Data/SVE) and intense pressure from JHR Developments’ Lee Pattison.
The weekend’s second of two races race saw Graduate Cup entrant Dixon make a great getaway off the line with Rivett storming away from second on the grid to challenge him into the first corner, Redgate. Rivett’s move didn’t come off and he ended the first lap down in fourth.
Rivett’s pain meant gains for Lee Pattison (JHR Developments) and Jake Packun (Get On Track Developments) and the duo made chase for Dixon and for the majority of the fast-paced race, the three were inseparable.
Despite the proximity of those behind, Dixon kept the lead to take his second win of the season by 0.390 seconds.
“We’ve had a win at Brands and now at Donington so I’m happy and it more good points,” said Dixon. “At the start, there was a gap and I went for it but then when I got on the power I understeered and there was contact. I admit it was my mistake but I think it was a racing incident. I need to keep scoring good points to close the gap.”
Second across the line was Lee Pattison, after race-long battles with Packun and later a recovering Rivett.
“I could see James pulling away but there was nothing I could do about it as by then I was under pressure from Paul,” said Pattison. “It was good to have some door to door racing with him and I’m happy to get second. Hopefully the good results can continue.”
It was a race of two halves for Rivett, who used all of his experience to climb back to third, after a long fight with Packun.
“After the first corner it’s a good result, but I’m not happy with third,” said a disgruntled post-race Rivett. “James admitted it was his fault at the first corner and we need to see if anything is done about it. We did well to get back to the front though and that’s four podium finishes in four races with four fastest laps.”
Elsewhere, Westbourne Developments’ James Colburn came through the field to take sixth place after an action-packed race from the midfield. An incident on lap two with Team Pyro’s Craig Currie saw Colburn move up to seventh.
Colburn then moved up towards the impressive Scuderia Vittoria duo of Luke Wight and Matt Allison. Colburn would get past Wright, but Allison remained elusive and Colburn settled for sixth.
Tom Grice (Total Control Racing) looked lively all day, and a series of daring manoeuvres in the first five laps, resulted in Grice again clashing with Pyro’s Aron Smith. After the second incident between the pair, Grice came off worse and stopped five laps from the flag.
Rivett (122 points) remains in front in the championship, but Dixon’s (102 points) double win this weekend has cut Rivett’s lead to twenty points. Packun is third on 75 points.
The AirAsia Clio Cup moves to the fabulous high speed Thruxton circuit in Hampshire in a fortnight, where James Dixon and Jake Packun will continue to look to close on Paul Rivett’s championship lead on April 30 – May 1.
Top ten results:
1. Paul Rivett Lumison BlueSquare Data / SVE 14 laps 18m 24.907s
2. James Dixon Total Control Racing +1.662 G
3. Jake Pakun Get On Track Developments +1.861 G
4. Adam Bonham Team Pyro +7.932 G
5. Tom Grice Total Control Racing +8.714 G
6. Matt Alison Scuderia Vittoria +10.983
7. James Colburn Westbourne Motorsport +11.218 G
8. Aron Smith Team Pyro +11.540 G
9. Chris Swanwick Team Pyro +16.089
10. Luke Wright Scuderia Vittoria +19.271 G
Championship standings after round two, Donington Park.
|1. Paul Rivett||122|
|2. James Dixon G||102|
|3. Jake Packun G||75|
|4. James Coulburn G||72|
|5. Aron Smith G||70|
|6. Lee Pattison M||68|
|7. Adam Bonham G||62|
|8. Matt Allison||62|
|9. Chris Swanwick G||51|
|10. Jack Goff G||46|
Results and standings for media purposes only, of no regulatory value