Paul Rivett believes he can use his age and experience to overcome the young ‘hotshots’ in the Renault UK Clio Cup and win an unprecedented fourth title in 2015.
Rivett is comfortably the most successful driver in Clio Cup history, winning the title in 2002, 2004 and 2011, securing a championship record 43 race wins in the process.
The 36 year old took on a new challenge last season with a team manager/driver role with WDE Motorsport, establishing the team in the Clio paddock whilst continuing to battle at the front of the field on track.
With a season under his belt running the team, Rivett feels he’s in a stronger position this season to take on his younger rivals and emerge victorious.
“These youngsters, they are where I was back in the early 2000s, a 20-something hotshot, but I am still going to beat the lot of them,” says a confident Rivett, who won the Masters Cup title for the first time last year.
“2014 was a totally new scenario for me and it might sound odd for an oldie but I had a lot to learn. It was a wholly new car, the fourth generation Clio, and we went into round one with zero testing so were immediately on the backfoot playing catch-up.
“We got stronger as the season progressed though and things started to gel with the running of the team and we ended on the best possible high with a race win in the final round.
“For 2015 we’ve restructured and brought in new people so I can concentrate much more on my racing again. I’ve won in every generation of Clio Cup car so far, I’m as fast and as hungry as ever and I am determined to win and make it four titles.”
Rivett will be part of an expanded three car line-up for WDE in 2015, with Charlie Ladell returning to the team for his first full Clio campaign alongside series debutant Rory Green.