Paul Rivett has been forced to pull out of the final rounds of the 2013 Renault UK Clio Cup this weekend through injury, crowning Josh Files as the provisional 2013 champion.
Rivett sustained a nasty leg injury during an accident whilst instructing at Brands Hatch last week, the venue for this weekend’s finale. The car he was travelling in suffered a damper failure, leading to a collision with the top barrier at Graham Hill Bend.
Following an initial prognosis of no actual breakage to his ankle, foot or leg and no further damage other than severe swelling, doctors on Tuesday (8th October), identified a snapped Achilles and the multiple Clio Cup champion underwent surgery to repair the tendon yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 9th).
“I’m absolutely gutted, dealing with the pain of the injury comes second to the pain of not racing. They didn’t pick it up last week when I first went to hospital, they thought it was just swelling originally,” said Rivett.
“I went to the physio, and they said there was something properly wrong. They did a brilliant job, sent me back to hospital yesterday and then they got me back in for surgery. There’s a long road to recovery ahead.”
With Rivett out of the running, only Files and Alex Morgan can now mathematically win the championship, however it would require horrendous misfortune for Files to be overhauled by his Team Pyro team-mate.
For Morgan to win the title, the 26 year old will need to secure a double race victory from the Brands Hatch weekend, and see Files excluded from both races so he can’t count them as a drop score.
Rivett’s absence means his second position in the championship is under serious threat. One podium finish, or two top eight finishes across the weekend, would give Morgan the runners-up spot, while high scoring weekends for James Colburn and Stefan Hodgetts could demote Rivett to as low as fifth in the final standings.