Goff double top at Rockingham

Goff is a serious contender for the title following Rockingham © Jakob Ebrey

Team Pyro’s title outsider Jack Goff made it two wins out of two in rounds 13&14 of the AirAsia Renault Clio Cup UK Championship at Rockingham after winning today’s race in composed fashion to add to yesterday’s victory.

Eighteen year-old Goff from High Wycombe added to his Oulton Park race win from earlier in the year to make it clear to his series rivals that the title battle is nowhere near finished, as Goff sits 26 points adrift of the series lead.

“It’s been a brilliant weekend for me,” said Goff. “I knew that I had to get a good start, get my head down and pull away and luckily we were able to do that. After the hairpin on the first lap it was literally about pacing myself throughout the race and keeping calm as I brought the car home. I’m now very much looking forward to Brands Hatch, I’m going to go out there and try to win every race.”

The round 13 winner made a good start but soon came under pressure from Westbourne Motorsport’s James Colburn as the pair made identical starts to head into the hairpin side-by-side for the first tour.

As Colburn took the outside line at the hairpin, the title protagonist went wide and was forced down the pecking order in the process allowing Total Control Racing’s James Dixon to involve himself in the fight at the front after starting third on the grid followed by Scuderia Vittoria’s Luke Wright.

The ever-consistent Colburn – still seeking his first win in the series despite currently fighting for the title – managed to keep calm and recover to end the race in a respectable third.

“The race was very interesting,” said Colburn, who now sits just four points adrift of Team Pyro’s championship leader Aron Smith. “I got off the line well and was side-by-side with Jack Goff going into the hairpin. I chose to brake a little later but then left the door open and unfortunately James Dixon and Luke Wright were able to go through.

“I managed to get Wright at the hairpin but after chasing down Dixon I just couldn’t find a way past him.  I’m very happy looking ahead to Brands Hatch as the championship is so close now.”

Multiple race winner and title contender James Dixon showed that he meant business today after rounding out the top six yesterday; the 21 year-old soon took the charge to Goff after taking advantage of Colburn’s error but was unable to chase down the leader as he began to build on the gap already gained in the early stages.

“I got a mega start,” said Dixon. “I tried to challenge for the lead but Goff just seemed to have the upper hand today and pulled away quite early on in the race. Halfway through the race I could see Colburn catching which was a little bit worrying but we managed to hold him off and come home in second.

“To finish second is really good for us as we have gained some good points in the championship battle. Going to Brands Hatch there is going to be quite a lot of pressure there but I think with it being my home circuit, that is certainly going to give me a boost.”

Goff led a strong weekend for Team Pyro © Jakob Ebrey

After having a nightmare start to the weekend in qualifying, Lumison BlueSquare Data / Stancombe Vehicle Engineering’s Paul Rivett was able to make another impressive charge through the field as he looked to minimise the amount of points lost over the course of the weekend.

The two-time champion was able to make his way up from 16th on the grid to eighth and had a brilliant tussle with Scuderia Vittoria’s Ant Whorton-Eales.

“The start was awful,” said Rivett. “After going dead last off the line I managed to make a brilliant comeback and overtake a huge amount of cars going into the hairpin, it must be a record. Unfortunately after making brilliant progress on the first lap, we didn’t climb any higher and I spent the rest of the race fighting with Bonham and Whorton-Eales.”

After making an impressive debut, the determined Whorton-Eales showed that was able to put in a notable performance, working his way up from ninth to seventh by the end of the race.

“I made a better start than yesterday,” said Whorton-Eales. “From there I knew that I had to just pick each driver off one-by-one and I’m delighted to have made the moves that I did. I’ve had a brilliant time this weekend, this result is a fantastic end to it.”

Heading to the season finale at Brands Hatch in two weeks’ time, just four points cover the top four drivers in the standings.

Round 14 results
1.  Jack Goff Team Pyro 21m 26.136secs G
2.  James Dixon Total Control Racing +4.908s G
3.  James Colburn Westbourne Motorsport +5.225s G
4.  Luke Wright Scuderia Vittoria +5.968s G
5.  Aron Smith Team Pyro +6.845s G
6.  David Dickenson Team Pyro +12.457s G
7.  Ant Whorton-Eales Scuderia Vittoria +12.953s G
8.  Paul Rivett Lumison BlueSquare Data/SVE +13.201s G
9.  Adam Bonham Team Pyro +13.688s G
10. Rob Boston JHR Developments +14.064s G

A full set of timing results and championship standings can be found here: www.tsl-timing.com

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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