Goff Extends Title Lead

Jack Goff produced a brilliant performance to win an action packed race at Donington Park to remain top of the AirAsia Renault UK Clio Cup drivers’ championship table.

Race winner Goff, ‘I got ahead of Paul after making a rocket start and had a good breakaway on the first few laps until the safety car came out, which got rid of my advantage. I managed to get away again at the restart and paced myself, I knew we didn’t have the pace all weekend but I made the best out of a bad situation.’

‘It was tough holding off Adam,’ continued a delighted Goff, ‘but I defended the place making sure I kept it tight and not to make any mistakes.’

Team Pyro’s Goff (Stokenchurch), who started from second, took the lead from pole sitter and round 3 winner, Paul Rivett (Banstead), into turn one after a good start off the line.

In a frantic first lap that saw several spins and drivers running wide, the safety car made its first and only appearance of the weekend for the recovery of the stricken Scuderia Vittoria’s car of Luke Wright (Shaftesbury).

On the restart a collision between Rivett and Thoroughbred Sports Car Championship racer Josh Files (Norwich) ended Files’ race due to a broken steering arm on lap five. Rivett was fortunate with minor damage, slotting in behind a charging Adam Bonham (Kibworth) and Westbourne Motorsports James Colburn (Worthing).

‘It didn’t go particularly well to be honest,’ said Rivett. ‘There was a lot of damage on the rear of the car and having to fight back from a few places down but apart from that, it was a good race. The car was a little bent after that incident meaning we didn’t have the pace that we should have had,’ said a disheartened Rivett. ‘I got a bit of wheelspin off the line at the start, but in general the PER HIRE car has been great all weekend, the Stancombe boys have been great.’

Focused on making up lost ground, Rivett rapidly closed the gap to 2008 Saxmax champion Colburn putting in a succession of fastest laps, eventually passing him to take third place.

Next in his sights was Bonham, who himself was eyeing up a pass on leader Goff refusing to let him pull away. The 17-year old consistently threatened to pass keeping Goff honest all the way to the chequered flag.

Bonham, ‘It was a good race. We had the pace to win it probably but I couldn’t manage to get past my teammate Jack. I’m a little disappointed over the weekend having not won a race but obviously chuffed to bits with two second places. I knew the whole time that if I overtook Jack, I would be leading the championship, it was big incentive to make it, but didn’t quite manage it.’

The midfield battle was also action-a-plenty with 20Ten Racing’s Josh Cook (Bath) in 7th, position leading a constantly changing six-car train. It was Cook and Swedish driver Kim Andersson who broke from the pack to hunt down the 17-year old Ant Whorton-Eales (Lichfield) in a battle for the Rookie Cup.

With the top three rookies fighting to the end, it was Whorton-Eales who prevailed to take home the trophy in 6th overall followed by Andersson and Cook respectively, separated by only 0.054 seconds on the line.

‘We had a really good start,’ said Whorton-Eales ‘but unfortunately I dropped into the gravel on the outside of Redgate. Then we had the safety car but once we were racing again I dropped a wheel onto the grass down the back and that was it, the train pulled away.’

With very limited running time for ex-rally driver, Bristol based Adam Gould, who started at the back of the pack, made his way through the frantic field to take home a respectable 13th place.

Placing just ahead of Gould, was ex-jet-ski racer Handy Motorsport with Pyro’s Simon Belcher (Swindon) who claimed the ELF Masters Trophy and the lead in the Masters Cup.

The championship now heads to Thruxton for round three on April 28-29, where Goff will be hoping to extend his championship lead

Round 4 Results:

  1. Jack GOFF Team Pyro Laps 16 22:21.837
  2. Adam BONHAM Team Pyro +0.215
  3. Paul RIVETT PER HIRE/SVE +0.437
  4. James COLBURN Westbourne Motorsport +0.855
  5. James DIXON Scuderia Vittoria +5.342
  6. Ant WHORTON-EALES Westbourne Motorsport +7.082
  7. Kim ANDERSSON Team Pyro +9.023
  8. Josh COOK 20Ten Racing +9.077
  9. Mike BUSHELL Mike Bushell +12.082
  10. Vic COVEY Scuderia Vittoria +12.608

Drivers’ Championship after Round 4:

Driver Points
Jack Goff 112
Adam Bonham 105
Paul Rivett 89
Ant Whorton-Eales 77
James Dixon 74
Josh Files 62
Kim Andersson 52
Luke Wright 44
Josh Cook 39
Aaron Williamson 38
Vic Covey 38
James Colburn 38
William Davison 31
Ignas Gelzinis 28
Simon Belcher 24
Rob Smith 22
Mike Bushell 22
Finlay Crocker 21
Nic Hamilton 18
Adam Gould 17
Darren Wilson 15
Mark Tilbury 14
Jake Giddings 11
Tautvydas Barstys 10
Ronnie Klos 10

Entrants’ Trophy after Round 4:

Team Pyro 221
Scuderia Vittoria 139
Westbourne Motorsport 136
Stancombe Vehicle Engineering 106
20Ten Racing 54
Finesse Motorsport Ltd 49
Total Control Racing 40
Juta Racing 38
Mike Bushell 24
Silver Fox Racing 14


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

For further information please visit: http://www.renaultsport.co.uk/championships/cliocup/Default.aspx

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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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