Mike Bushell described his double victory at Rockingham as the ‘best weekend of his career’ as the Team Pyro racer seized the initiative in the Renault UK Clio Cup title battle.
After converting a fifth consecutive pole position to a dominant victory in the weekend’s opening race, Bushell jumped former points leader Josh Cook off the line in race two en-route to another lights-to-flag success.
Those wins make it three in four races for the 25 year old, who’s feel his current run of form is a case of everything coming together at the opportune moment.
“This has been the best weekend of my racing career and its all come at the right time. Everything is clicking, the team, myself, the car and we’re in the right frame of mind at the right time,” Bushell told TCF.
“Snetterton was my turning point, I was on a real low after that meeting, stalling from pole, but that weekend showed we had the pace. We went to Knockhill and pulled out a surprise pole and went on from there, and I’ve done the same here.”
Bushell’s advantage at the head of the standings came in part thanks to a nightmare trip to Rockingham for Cook, the SV Racing ace suffering first lap contact that left him down in ninth in race one before ending up in the gravel after a drive through penalty in race two.
After suffering a couple of real low points himself this season, Bushell admits he feels sympathy for his good friend Cook for the weekend he endured, but admits he couldn’t help but smile when he saw Cook stranded in the gravel trap in race two.
“It was satisfying to see, I don’t think any other driver would say any different when it helps you,” he commented. “At the same time though, I know how gutting it is to have such a bad weekend, I hit the wall at Donington, I rolled at Oulton, so I know how sour it feels and I empathise with him. It’s not a nice way for it to go.”
Bushell now has a 28 point lead at the top of the standings heading into the season finale, meaning that he knows fourth and fifth place finishes or better at Brands Hatch will be enough to secure him the title – but despite that, he says his mentality going into the weekend won’t be any different to usual.
“The points lead is good,” he concluded. “I could say the pressure is off, but you can’t ever take anything for granted. As everyone always says, I’ve just got to go in and treat it like just another race weekend. I just wish it was next week.”