Goff takes first win as holiday prize carried to Croft

Team Pyro’s Jack Goff scored a popular first win in the AirAsia Renault Clio Cup UK in an eventful race in difficult damp track conditions at Oulton Park today.

Former karter Goff in his rookie Clio year showed great pace throughout the race, blasting away from his fourth placed start to end the first lap in second, taking the race lead from Total Control Racing’s James Dixon on the second lap.

Whilst it was a good day for Goff, championship points leader heading into the race Paul Rivett (Lumison BlueSquare Data / Stancombe Vehicle Engineering) made a poor start, dropping from second to third, then later out-braked himself in the slippery conditions to lose position to a fast charging Aron Smith and the following pack.

“I’m delighted to win today for myself and Team Pyro,” said Goff. “I got a good start like yesterday which enabled me to overtake Paul going into Old Hall. I think that I my tyres came in sooner than James’ did which gave me the confidence to overtake him and give myself enough of a gap which took a bit of pressure off. I would like to say a massive thank you to HCL Group and AC Entertainment for helping me for my win.”

Rivett’s run-wide means that the two-time champion is now tied on points with Team Pyro’s James Dixon, meaning that the mid-season points leader’s prize of a holiday for four in Kuala Lumpur is carried to the next round at Croft in two weeks time.

“I didn’t get the best of starts which put the pressure on me,” said Rivett. “The car prepared by Lumison BlueSquare / Stancombe Vehicle Engineering was absolutely brilliant but I couldn’t quite get it together for them today.”

Second across the line was Team Pyro’s Aron Smith, who was frustrated behind Rivett for much of the early part of the race, before being unleashed to chase down and ultimately pass Dixon for second.

“I got an average start at the beginning of the race as it is always difficult when on a wet track,” said the Thruxton race winner. “The car was handling well which so I managed to make up a few places earlier on in the race to get behind Paul. I knew he is one of the hardest drivers to overtake in the Clio Cup so was delighted to get past him. Jack was too far ahead to catch so I was happy to take second for myself and Team Pyro.”

Third went to tied championship points leader, James Dixon. “I’m happy to take a third place as I really struggled with the car on the wet track this afternoon. I had a lot of understeer which didn’t help when trying to keep a good race pace. Both races this weekend we have finished higher than Paul with a first and third so I am pleased to go away tied in the championship race”.

Whilst Goff also took the Graduate win, it was 20Ten Racing Limited’s Darren Wilson who won Masters’ honours.

“I absolutely love racing in the wet and really enjoyed being out there today,” said Wilson. “Once I got past Procter I managed to gain Chris Swanick within 3 laps so race pace was not a problem either. It’s brilliant to get another Masters Cup win and I’m really confident for Croft in 2 weeks. I will certainly be doing a rain dance up there to repeat my outing here.”

As well as the AirAsia holiday for the championship points leader, two flights are available for the fans who correctly identified Scuderia Vittoria’s Luke Wright as the driver carrying AirAsia destination ‘Bali’ on his Clio’s sunstrip. Entries to made to airasiaclio@sro.co.uk are entered into a draw to win these flights.

AirAsia Renault Clio Cup UK action resumes in two weeks time at North Yorkshire’s Croft race track for rounds nine and ten on June 18-19.

Round eight top ten results
1. Jack Goff Team Pyro 12 laps G
2. Aron Smith Team Pyro +5.686s G
3. James Dixon Total Control Racing +8.730s G
4. James Colburn Westbourne Racing +9.103s G
5. Craig Currie Team Pyro +9.353s
6. Adam Bonham Team Pyro +10.175s
7. Paul Rivett Lumison BlueSquare Data / Stancombe Vehicle Engineering +10.390s
8. Darren Wilson Team Pyro +11.327s G
9. Tom Grice Total Control Racing +13.427s G
10. Chris Swanwick Team Pyro +16.598s G

Championship top ten results
1. James Dixon Total Control Racing 197 pts
=. Paul Rivett Lumison BlueSquare Data / SVE 197 pts
3. Aron Smith Team Pyro 182 pts
4. James Colburn Westbourne Motorsport 150 pts
5. Jack Goff Team Pyro 146 pts
6. Tom Grice Total Control Racing 122 pts
7. Adam Bonham Team Pyro 122 pts
8. Jake Packun Get On Track Developments 115 pts
9. Chris Swanwick Team Pyro 100 pts
10. Lee Pattison JHR Developments 85 pts

Results and standings for media purposes only, of no regulatory value

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About AirAsia Clio Cup

Each season drivers come from around the United Kingdom and internationally to compete in the thrilling wheel-to-wheel racing that the Renault Clio Cup demands. The Championship continues to be the UK’s premier one-make saloon-car championship. Using race cars based on the road-going Clio Renault Sport 200, the Championship continues to be a breeding ground for future Touring Car drivers. As a prominent support race on the British Touring Car Championship platform and benefiting from live, comprehensive and new for 2011, HD TV coverage on the ITV sport network, it remains the most direct link to the BTCC. Almost one third of the current BTCC grid graduated from the ranks of Renault Clio Cup UK http://www.renaultsport.co.uk/championships/cliocup/Default.aspx
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