2015 Renault UK Clio Cup: Season In Numbers


Following an action-packed 2015 season for the revitalised Renault UK Clio Cup, we’ve crunched the numbers to bring you all the key statistics from a campaign which saw Ashley Sutton emerge as the first rookie champion since 2003.

The numbers show that the season was dominated by four drivers, Sutton, Ash Hand, Ant Whorton-Eales and Paul Rivett, who shared all the race wins and pole positions between themselves and led the way in the majority of the statistical lists.

While Hand secured the most race victories, and matched Sutton for top six finishes, the champion just edged him for podium finishes and was the undoubted qualifying king of the season, the Team Pyro ace securing the best average of the season.

Whorton-Eales showed his battling spirit by gaining more places from his grid positions than anyone else over the year, a feat made the more impressive by the fact he started from pole six times, while Rivett’s strong qualifying record helped him to consistent front-running results.

The top four’s dominance over proceedings is shown by the fact that only one other driver led a lap or posted a fastest lap this year, Paul Streather and Luke Kidsley respectively during the season finale, while no-one other than them qualified on the front row all campaign.

Charlie Ladell was best of the rest in terms of consistent top ten results, while Jordan Stilp and Jack Mitchell were the next best qualifiers before their early departures from the series, with George Jackson showcasing his overtaking prowess alongside Whorton-Eales and Ladell.

Here’s a full rundown of all the key numbers from the 2015 Renault UK Clio Cup season:

Hand ...... - Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography
Hand’s Seven Wins Is The Most For A Driver In A Season Since Dave Newsham In 2010 – Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Race Wins

7 – Ash Hand

6 – Ashley Sutton

4 – Ant Whorton-Eales

1 – Paul Rivett

Podium Finishes

14 – Sutton

13 – Hand

12 – Whorton-Eales

8 – Rivett

2 – Jordan Stilp, Dan Holland

1 – Jack Mitchell, Jon Maybin, Paul Streather

Top Six Finishes

16 – Sutton, Hand

15 – Whorton-Eales

13 – Rivett

9 – Charlie Ladell

7 – Stilp

6 – Mitchell

4 – Brett Smith

3 – Rory Collingbourne, Maybin

2 – Holland, George Jackson, Lee Pattison, Josh Price

1 – Rory Green, Tom Grundy, Luke Kidsley, Alex Sedgwick, Ben Davis, Tom Witts, Ben Palmer, Paul Streather

Top Ten Finishes

17 – Sutton, Hand

16 – Whorton-Eales

14 – Rivett, Ladell

13 – Collingbourne

11 – Mitchell, Jackson

9 – Stilp

8 – Holland

6 – Smith, Grundy

5 – Maybin

4 – Mark Howard, Price

3 – Green, Peter Felix

2 – Pattison, Kidsley, Sedgwick, Davis, Michele Puccetti, Tom Butler, Ben Palmer

1 – Ben Seyfried, Paul Knapp, James Colburn, Witts, Streather

0 – Graham Field, Freddie Hunt, Paul Donkin, Sam Watkins

Sutton Didn't Take The Most Poles, But .... - Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography
Sutton Qualified On The Front Row For Sixteen Of The Eighteen Races This Season – Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Pole Positions

8 – Hand

6 – Whorton-Eales

3 – Sutton

1 – Rivett

Top Three Qualifying Results

16 – Sutton

12 – Hand

10 – Whorton-Eales, Rivett

3 – Mitchell

2 – Holland

1 – Grundy

Top Six Qualifying Results

18 – Sutton, Hand

15 – Rivett

14 – Whorton-Eales

6 – Mitchell, Stilp

5 – Smith, Grundy

4 – Ladell, Holland

2 – Colburn, Pattison, Kidsley, Streather

1 – Seyfried, Collingbourne, Jackson, Price, Sedgwick

Qualifying Average

2.17 – Sutton

2.83 – Hand

4.61 – Rivett

4.72 – Whorton-Eales

5.70 – Stilp

6.00 – Mitchell

7.88 – Holland

8.94 – Ladell

9.28 – Grundy

11.22 – Collingbourne

12.17 – Jackson

Streather ......... - Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography
It Took Streather Only Eight Laps Of His Clio Cup Career To Lead For The First Time – Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Races Led

8 – Sutton, Whorton-Eales

7 – Hand

1 – Rivett, Streather

Laps Led

102 – Sutton

86 – Hand

70 – Whorton-Eales

12 – Rivett

4 – Streather

Miles Led

195.930 – Sutton

153.657 – Hand

132.048 – Whorton-Eales

26.712 – Rivett

9.733 – Streather

Whorton-Eales Impressively Moved Forward 24 Places In Just 2 Races At Croft - Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography
Whorton-Eales Impressively Moved Forward 24 Places In Just 2 Races At Croft – Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Fastest Laps

6 – Hand

4 – Whorton-Eales, Sutton

3 – Rivett

1 – Kidsley

Places Gained From Grid Position

45 – Whorton-Eales

44 – Jackson

41 – Ladell

40 – Howard

37 – Collingbourne

34 – Green

29 – Holland

24 – Palmer (In Two Races)

23 – Butler

Biggest Points Haul From A Race Weekend

68 out of 68 – Hand (Thruxton)

66 – Hand (Knockhill), Sutton (Brands Hatch GP)

64 – Whorton-Eales (Donington Park)

62 – Sutton (Croft)

60 – Sutton (Silverstone)

59 – Hand (Oulton Park)

57 – Hand (Croft), Whorton-Eales (Rockingham & Silverstone)

56 – Sutton (Thruxton), Whorton-Eales (Oulton Park)

55 – Sutton (Knockhill), Hand (Rockingham)

54 – Hand (Donington Park), Rivett (Oulton Park & Silverstone)

*Points indicated for Donington Park do not include the rescheduled race from Brands Hatch Indy.

**The next best outside of the top four drivers was 47 for Stilp (Oulton Park) & Mitchell (Donington Park)

Ladell ........ - Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography
Ladell Went On A Great Mid-Season Run Of Eight Consecutive Graduate Podiums – Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Graduate Cup Wins

15 – Sutton

1 – Mitchell, Ladell, Jackson

Graduate Cup Podiums

17 – Sutton

9 – Ladell

8 – Mitchell

5 – Collingbourne

4 – Smith

3 – Price

2 – Jackson, Davis

1 – Grundy, Green, Sedgwick, Palmer

Masters Cup Wins

5 – Howard

3 – Felix

2 – Seyfried, Knapp, Pattison, Puccetti

1 – Field

Masters Cup Podiums

14 – Howard

9 – Field

4 – Felix, Seyfried

3 – Knapp

2 – Pattison, Puccetti