Scuderia Vittoria’s Matt Allison proved he can be a race winner come wet or dry after taking his second win of the weekend in round ten at Croft today, as Paul Rivett edged back into the points lead of the championship to win the AirAsia luxury break to Kuala Lumpur for four.
Allison was untroubled out front and made a perfect start into an early lead which would be unchallenged over the 12 lap race. Behind him, first Chris Swanwick and then Allison’s team-mate Luke Wright led the charge but never threatened.
“I’m delighted to get my second win of weekend,” said Allison, who was carrying the AirAsia destination for competition entrants to email to firstname.lastname@example.org for the chance to win two return flights to Kuala Lumpur.
“I really concentrated on my start as I know from past events that they haven’t been the best this year so far. I got off the line reasonably well, looked to the left of me and Swanwick had made an excellent start but as I had the inside line I was able to defend going into the first corner.
“After the first few laps the car felt great so I knew that I had the pace to keep my position and win the race. To win this second race and have Luke on the podium as well is such a great ending to the weekend.”
For Wright, second place was a brilliant retort to leaving the track from the very same position in the field yesterday, and as an added sweetener, he also took the Graduate win too.
“I didn’t get the start that I wanted which let Colburn get past,” said Wright. “I soon managed to get back the position and could see that Swanwick was really struggling with his race pace.
“I finally got past him but by that time Matt had a good lead on me, I thought the best thing for myself and the team would be to make sure I got on the podium and come home for the 1-2. It’s a brilliant ending to the weekend.”
Making a corking start from fifth on the grid into a third position he would claim at the chequered flag was James Colburn.
“Off the line we made a good start and I overtook Wright to move into third position,” said the Westbourne Motorsport driver. “I could see from the early stages of the first lap that Swanwick was really struggling with his pace but I didn’t attack him soon enough and lost my position back to Wright, who was really on a mission.
“In the latter stages of the race I started to close back the gap and set the fastest lap in the process but I opted to be consistent and settle for third as I knew it was a nice amount of points to gain over my rivals.”
Fourth went to Oulton Park winner Jack Goff who worked up the order from seventh on the grid whilst Get On Track Developments’ driver Jake Packun took fifth. Sixth went to Total Control Racing’s Tom Grice. Mark Proctor took the Masters win, his second of the weekend with seventh overall.
It was another tough race for Team Pyro’s Chris Swanwick who registered a DNF despite starting the race from the front row.
“I was really struggling with the pace of the car in the dry so after the first couple of laps I had a long line of cars backing up behind me and all that I could do was defend my position the best I could,” said Swanwick, who retired from yesterday’s race due to an oil leak.
“Unfortunately, I damaged the front left wheel which put the steering out on the car but I managed to carry on for a few more laps with the issue. My run of bad luck then continued and the driveshaft went which ended my race.”
Once more this weekend, the title battle was being fought out down the order after yesterday’s mixed weather qualifying delivered a rather mixed up grid for this weekend’s races. And with the holiday up for grabs, the points lead had rather more significance than usual.
Leading into today’s race, Total Control Racing’s James Dixon held a points lead, and for much of the latter part of the race he was a mere point ahead of Rivett in the title battle but ultimately he was not destined to go to KL.
“The race today really didn’t go well for us,” said Dixon. “I made a good start and I managed to pick up a few places as the car was showing great pace. I just wanted to drive a consistent race, keep out of trouble and let everyone else sort out themselves as I knew that the holiday was up for grabs.
“Mid-way through Jake Packun made contact with me and I went off which ruined our race as we fell to the back of the pack. I’m disappointed to go away from the weekend without the holiday for my sponsors.
“Racing always keeps you on your toes though and anything can happen. Congratulations to Paul for the leading now, but I’m hoping to be the one ahead at the end of the year.”
All of which means that Rivett will be the one smearing on the sun cream.
“It’s brilliant to get through this chaotic weekend for me and end it as the championship leader to win the AirAsia mid season break,” said Rivett. “I think that Mr Stancombe, Mr Munson and I will certainly enjoy our break. I’m very much ready to go on to Snetterton and attempt to extend my championship lead.”
As well as the AirAsia holiday for Rivett, two return flights to KL are available for the fan who correctly identifies one of the destinations being carried by James Dixon or Matt Allison this weekend on their windscreens. Entries can still be made to email@example.com to be entered into a draw.
AirAsia Renault Clio Cup UK action resumes in six weeks time at Norfolk’s Snetterton race track for rounds eleven and twelve on August 6-7.
Round ten top ten results
1. Matt Allison Scuderia Vittoria 12 laps
2. Luke Wright Scuderia Vittoira +2.701s G
3. James Colburn Westbourne Racing +3.118s G
4. Jack Goff Team Pyro +3.634s G
5. Jake Packun Get On Track Developments +13.265s G
6. Tom Grice Total Control Racing +14.409s G
7. Mark Proctor Total Control Racing +15.374s M
8. Aron Smith Team Pyro +16.820s G
9. Darren Wilson Team Pyro +17.539s G
10. Paul Rivett Lumison BlueSquare Data / Stancombe Vehicle Engineering +18.677s
Championship top ten results
1. Paul Rivett Lumison BlueSquare Data / Stancombe Vehicle Engineering 217 pts
2. James Dixon Total Control Racing 215 pts G
3. Aron Smith Team Pyro 207 pts G
4. James Colburn Westbourne Motorsport 180 pts G
5. Jack Goff Team Pyro 146 pts G
6. Jake Packun Get On Track Developments 137 pts G
7. Tom Grice Total Control Racing 134 pts G
8. Adam Bonham Team Pyro 122 pts G
9. Matt Allison Scuderia Vittoria 116 pts
10. Chris Swanwick Team Pyro 100 pts G
Results and standings for media purposes only, of no regulatory value.
A full set of timing results and championship standings can be found here: www.tsl-timing.com