Points Leader Files ‘Ecstatic’ With Home Success

Josh Files extended his lead at the top of the 2013 Renault UK Clio Cup standings with a win and a second place on home tarmac at Snetterton.

The Norwich-based racer headed into the weekend with a slender three-point lead over title rival Paul Rivett thanks to his first ever victory in the series last time out at Croft.

The 22 year old got his weekend off to the perfect start in qualifying, sealing pole position for both races in his Bacs Payments Schemes Ltd-backed Clio.

A relatively slow start to race one for the Team Pyro ace though saw him drop to third off the line, though he quickly clawed back second place and set his sights on Rivett in front. Despite a valiant effort, Files was unable to bridge the gap, settling for the runners up spot.

In the process he secured the fastest lap of the race, earning him a bonus point that kept him one clear atop the championship standings heading into race two.

A superb launch saw him maintain his advantage into the first corner and as his rivals scrapped behind, Files was able to build a lead of more than four seconds by the end of lap two. A flawless drive from there on in gave Files his second career UK Clio Cup victory, his seventh Graduate Cup win of the campaign.

With Rivett only able to manage fourth in the race, Files’ win extended his lead in the driver’s standings to 13 points with just four races remaining, starting at Rockingham in five weeks’ time.

“I’m absolutely ecstatic and it’s made all the more sweet by the fact that it’s on my home track, in front of local fans and under blazing sunshine,” said Files. “The car looks awesome with its Bacs Payment Schemes livery and Team Pyro has done a great job too.”