Renault UK Clio Cup

Hodgetts Completes Superb Oulton Double

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Stefan Hodgetts Leading Josh Files, Paul Rivett and Jack Goff At Oulton - Photo Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography


Stefan Hodgetts completed his remarkable return to the AirAsia Renault Clio Cup UK with victory in Round Eight at Oulton Park, the Scuderia Vittoria man making it two pole positions and two wins from the weekend.

The early part of the race was disrupted with a couple of safety cars, but Hodgetts overcame both well to lead from lights to flag and pick up victory to seal a perfect return to the one-make championship.

Hodgetts said: “It was another tough race. Whenever you have Paul or the Pyro guys behind you it's going to be tough. To be honest the work was done yesterday having been very lucky in qualifying sticking it on the front made life a lot easier round here because it's a very difficult track to overtake in the Clio's.

“It's been a fantastic weekend for the Scuderia Vittoria team. To come straight in and get those points has lifted their spirits and it's mega. Hopefully we can keep going and keep plugging away to get the results.”

As Hodgetts led away from pole at the start, behind, Josh Files just held off those behind to hold second, with Paul Rivett and championship leader Jack Goff slotting into third and fourth respectively.

The safety car emerged for the first time at the end of the opening lap, after contact in the midfield saw Nicolas Hamilton pushed into the gravel at Cascades. The racing restarted on lap four, but two laps later the safety car was back out after William Davison hit the side of Kim Andersson at the hairpin, with Davison himself retiring on the spot with broken steering,

On lap six the racing restarted once again with Hodgetts leading away from Files, Rivett, Goff and Mike Bushell. A great battle emerged for fifth with Bushell, Josh Cook and James Dixon, with a mistake for Bushell seeing him lose the spot and drop down the field, before retiring soon after.

Joining him in retirement were Ignas Gelzinis and James Colburn, after contact between the two at the hairpin, and Finlay Crocker, the Scuderia Vittoria man damaging his car after an off track moment at Cascades.

At the front, the top four ran in formation throughout the remainder of the race, but there was no change of position, with Hodgetts taking the win ahead of Files and Rivett, their third and fifth podiums of the season respectively.

Goff took fourth ahead of Cook, who secured the Rookie Cup honours in fifth. Dixon and Ant Whorton-Eales were next up, while taking the Masters Cup Trophy in eighth overall was Simon Belcher. Vic Covey and Aaron Williamson completed the top ten, while rounding off the finishers in seventeenth after completing two drive through penalties was Adam Bonham, though the Team Pyro man was still able to pick up the race's fastest lap.

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