Paul Rivett took his second win of the season in the 2011 AirAsia Renault Clio Cup with victory in Round three at Donington Park. The victory sees the Lumison BlueSquare Data / Stancombe Vehicle Engineering driver extend his championship lead to over twenty-five points.
A great start saw Rivett snatch the lead from polesitter James Dixon on the run to Redgate for the first time, the duo leading Jake Packun. Losing out on the opening lap was Lee Pattison, the JHR Development’s driver making contact with Tom Grice at Redgate, forcing him into retirement.
Total Control Racing’s Grice recovered to hold fourth briefly, before being passed by Adam Bonham and Matt Allison on lap two. He quickly got back ahead of the latter for fifth. This pushed Scuderia Vittoria's Allison into the clutches of Westbourne Motorsport's James Colburn, the duo battling hard throughout the race.
Towards the back of the field, a superb battle emerged between Matthew Munson, Nicolas Hamilton, Mark Proctor and Darren Wilson over fourteenth place, with Proctor squeezing past his team-mate Hamilton on lap eight, before Wilson worked his way past a few laps later.
At the front, two time Clio Cup champion Rivett had pulled away to take the victory, followed home by Total Control Racing's Dixon, who just managed to hold back a hard charging Packun behind. Team Pyro's Bonham took a strong fourth, ahead of series newcomer Grice.
Aliison and Colburn followed, with Pyro pairing Aron Smith and Chris Swanwick and Scuderia Vittoria's Luke Wright completing the top ten. Three more Pyro runners Josh Files, Craig Currie and Jack Goff were next up, ahead of Munson, Proctor, Masters Cup winner Wilson and Hamilton.
Rivett commented: “Everything went to plan. I did the hard work off the line and managed to pull out a bit of a gap. When Jake got close to James and started fighting, I was able to just pull away. Now I just want to shake off this cold and do it again tomorrow.“