Anton Spires has sealed the Michelin Clio Cup Series Roadcar class title with a meeting to spare after a dominant double victory in Rounds Nine and Ten at Snetterton.
A clean sweep of the honours over the weekend mean Spires can’t be caught in the standings during the season finale at Croft in September, the Westbourne Motorsport racer having carded seven wins, six pole positions and nine fastest laps in the ten races so far.
The Snetterton meeting saw the Clio Series received its first live television coverage of the season, with the opening race of the weekend televised live on Motors TV.
Former single-seater racer Spires lined up on pole position for the ten lap encounter, having dominated qualifying to take class pole by nearly a second, however a slow getaway meant Jake Honour and Nic Harrison joined him to run three abreast into the first corner.
Weary that any contact could hamper his title chances, Spires slotted back into third with Harrison taking the lead. It didn’t last long though, as Spires stamped his authority on the field, working his way into the lead by the end of the opening lap before going on to win by a huge margin.
Honour benefitted from contact between Harrison and Jonathan Creasey at Agostini on lap two to enjoy a trouble-free run to second, with Creasey recovering from his spin to card a first podium finish some fifteen seconds adrift.
Sarah Franklin took fourth, with Harrison, the instigator of the early contact, left down in fifth. Luke Pinder qualified earlier in the race meanwhile, but was unable to race.
Spires’ second victory of the weekend proved to be a much simpler affair for the Westbourne racer, who was celebrating his 22nd birthday.
Starting from pole position, Spires made a clean getaway and went on to reel off a series of fastest laps en-route to a comfortable 26 second victory that sealed his title in style.
Behind Spires, it proved to be a fairly uneventful race after Jonathan Creasey and Jake Honour were forced to retire on the opening lap after contact.
Nic Harrison went on to run second throughout, finishing ten seconds clear of Sarah Franklin for their sixth and third podium finishes of the season respectively.
While the destination of the class title is confirmed in Spires’ favour, there’s still plenty to race for on the final weekend at Croft on September 20/21, with Harrison and Franklin currently tied on points in second, while Creasey could snatch a top five points finish from Snetterton absentee Luke Pinder.
Provisional Michelin Clio Cup Series ‘Roadcar’ Class Standings (After Rd.10 of 12):
1. Anton Spires – Westbourne Motorsport – 323pts
2. Nic Harrison – CGH Imports.com – 215pts
3. Sarah Franklin – Sarah Franklin Racing – 215pts
4. Jake Honour – Jake Honour Racing with Jade Developments – 169pts
5. Luke Pinder – Privateer – 138pts
6. John Creasey – Paint Perfect Motorsport – 123pts
7. Jessica Hawkins – SWB Motorsport – 47pts
8. Jodie Hemming – SWB Motorsport – 42pts