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Historic Race 2 at Silverstone

Race 2 at Silverstone took place in far better conditions than race 1 with no rain and, thankfully, no lightning.

Mike Bushell began the race on pole, knowing that to secure the championship before heading to Brands Hatch he needed only to finish within the top eleven.

James Dorlin looked strong in second place beside Mike Bushell and hungry for another victory after his race 1 success. Behind Mike Bushell, in third place, Paul Rivett was beginning his 200th Clio Cup race and wanted to take a win.

Mike Bushell got a solid start, but a small mistake allowed Paul Rivett to take the lead early on. Despite some close racing between them, the order did not change again. After starting in sixth place on the grid, Daniel Rowbottom took full advantage of a multi car scrum at Luffield to come out in third, a position he fought hard to retain for the rest of the race.

Thirteenth on the grid seemed too far of a stretch for Max Coates to make much progress and yet he drove a storming race, finishing only four tenths behind Daniel Rowbottom and narrowly missing the opportunity to step up on the podium. Excellent race craft with clean overtakes that would shame many a BTCC driver.

After a difficult start to the season, Jade Edwards enjoyed some fantastic close racing and finished eighth, her best finish this year.

 

As well as being a great example of clean competitive racing, this proved to be an historic race with two very special events occurring each for a different driver.

Paul Rivett won his 200th Clio Cup race and Mike Bushell joined him as the only other multiple champion the series has ever had. Paul Rivett and Mike Bushell agreed it was perfect result and were ecstatic both for themselves and each other as was plainly evident on the podium.

In his long running Clio Cup campaign, Paul Rivett has never completed a season without at least one race win and has picked up three championship titles. After first winning the championship in 2014, Mike Bushell has secured the title for a second time this year.

 

Brands Hatch will inevitably be full of action. While no one can take away the championship from Mike Bushell, there are a lot of drivers on the grid who are hungry for silverware to finish the season on a high.

 

Bonus News:

Extra congratulations are due for Mike Bushell and his partner Amy, who announced after race 2 that next year they will be embarking on a new challenge as they welcome their first child into the world. Congratulations and good luck!

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