Little more than a few days remain before Northamptonshire’s world-famous Silverstone circuit (Sat 6/Sun 7 Oct) hosts the crucial penultimate round of this year’s AirAsia Renault UK Clio Cup. The two races at Silverstone will decide who will then still be in with a chance of winning the UK’s most prestigious one-make motor racing title on Finals Day at Brands Hatch in Kent a fortnight later.
Five drivers can mathematically still be crowned Clio Cup Champion in 2012, namely three Team Pyro team-mates Jack Goff, Adam Bonham and Josh Files with Goff currently leading the way by 15-points ahead of, PER HIRE/Stancombe Vehicle Engineering’s current and triple-champion Paul Rivett. In the mix and third in the standings is Total Control Racing’s James Dixon who has crept into contention with good results.
Arriving at Silverstone it is Norwich’s Files, Leicestershire’s Bonham and Kent’s Dixon who will be most under pressure to perform if they are to keep their title hopes alive. All are presently more than 68 points adrift of leader Goff with that then being the maximum available when the cars take to the legendary Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit for the season finale on the weekend of 20/21 October.
Of the two ahead, two wins for Surrey’s Rivett last weekend at Rockingham, also in Northamptonshire, and at Norfolk’s Snetterton, have moved him within sight of the championship lead just fifteen points from Buckinghamshire’s Goff. Jack has never won the Clio Cup before while Rivett is looking to retain his crown from last season and make it four titles to his name.
Silverstone’s short lap and long, wide straights never fail to deliver plenty of doorhandle-to-doorhandle entertainment for fans. Indeed the view from Woodcote corner of cars slipstreaming and fanning out five abreast along the Wellington Straight is one of the most evocative of the season.