Renault UK Clio Cup

Rivett Snatches Last Gasp Rockingham Win

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Paul Rivett secured a last lap victory in Round Eleven of the 2012 AirAsia Renault Clio Cup UK, the four-time champion securing a crucial win over championship leader and long-time race leader Jack Goff.

While pole-sitter Goff got a good start to lead the field around the first bend, a sluggish getaway for fellow front-row starter Josh Files saw him get swamped by the pack and as cars dived into the Deene hairpin three or four abreast, it was Rivett who emerged in second ahead of James Dixon.

James Colburn fought his way into fourth, with Files recovering to fifth, though they came to blows a lap later, contact at Deene spinning Colburn to the back of the field, with Files himself dropping behind Adam Bonham and Josh Cook into sixth.

It got worse later in the lap, with Stefan Hodgetts diving down the inside at Gracelands, forcing Files to drift a tyre wide onto the grass, causing him to spin out of the top ten, with Hodgetts left to try and fend off Mike Bushell and Ant Whorton-Eales.

As the race ticked past halfway, Rivett began to catch Goff, setting the race’s fastest lap as he latched onto the leader’s bumper. After a number of unsuccessful attempts to get by, he got his chance heading into Deene for the final time, using a little tap to unsettle Goff and allow him to squeeze past into the lead.

Rivett held off any fight-back to take the victory, his fifth of the season, with Goff crossing the line 0.366s behind. Dixon completed a lonely race to take third, while Cook worked his way up to fourth to secure the Rookie Class honours.

Bonham took fifth ahead of Bushell, who took sixth after a last lap incident between Hodgetts and Whorton-Eales at Deene eliminated them both. Ignas Gelzinis and William Davison were next up, with Simon Belcher securing the Masters Class win in ninth overall. Rob Smith completed the top ten, while from those who suffered misfortune, Colburn recovered to thirteenth and Files ended up twentieth and last.

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