The final rounds of the AirAsia Renault Clio Cup UK are set to be classics, as five drivers head into the final two races of a scintillating 2011 season with just twenty-six points separating them. Aron Smith, James Dixon, Paul Rivett and James Colburn are separated by just four points at the top, while the in-form Jack Goff sits behind hoping to dramatically snatch the title away from them.
The Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit is set to play host to the most dramatic of championship finales, with the always exciting and unpredictable Clio's set to put on a real show for their final two races. Arguably holding a slight advantage heading into the final weekend is Dixon, the Total Control Racing driver having had great success at the circuit in the past, a double win in 2010 and a single victory earlier this season, thanks in part to his job as a race instructor at the Kent-based track.
What Dixon may hold in track knowledge, Rivett holds in sheer experience, the Stancombe Vehicle Engineering driver having been through this situation twice before on his way to the 2002 and 2004 Clio Cup titles. The Lumison BlueSquare Data backed driver will use all that experience and knowledge as he pursues a hat trick of Clio titles, which only Neil McGrath has done before in the late 1970's. Rivett heads to Brands out of form though, having not finished on the podium since Thruxton in May.
Leading the way at the moment though is Smith, the Irishman picking up three wins so far this campaign. A superb double win at Thruxton put him into contention and the Team Pyro driver has remained consistent ever since, with a podium last time out ensuring he heads to Brands with a three point advantage.
Westbourne Motorsport's Colburn sits fourth in the championship, but is only four points adrift of Smith. Colburn's achievement of staying in the championship fight proves remarkable when he has yet to record a Clio Cup win, with superb consistency seeing him take six podiums and finish outside the top six just three times all year. He will be one to watch as he aims to end his win drought and claim a maiden title.
Looking for those ahead to slip up so he can, against all odds, take the title is Goff. The Team Pyro has been on top form in recent rounds, taking a second place at Snetterton before storming to a sensational double win at Rockingham, moving him into the championship battle for Brands.
AirAsia Renault Clio Cup UK Standings (After Round 14 of 16):
- Aron Smith – 298 points
- James Dixon – 295 points
- Paul Rivett – 294 points
- James Colburn – 294 points
- Jack Goff – 272 points