Whorton-Eales Delighted With Crucial Rockingham Win

Ant Whorton-Eales says he’s on “full attack” in the closing stages of the 2015 Renault UK Clio Cup season after returning to the top step of the podium in the second race at Rockingham.

Whorton-Eales’ last success came at Donington Park back in April, with regular podium finishes since keeping him right in title contention as he went through the process of changing teams in mid-season.

With new outfit Maximum Motorsport, Whorton-Eales was right back on the pace at Rockingham, qualifying fourth for the opening race before missing race two pole position by less than two hundredths of a second.

After a strong drive to third place in the opener, a superb launch off the line for race two saw him lead the field through the banking for the first time, with championship leader Ash Hand and Paul Rivett in pursuit.

Smartly backing Hand into Rivett early on allowed him to break clear as they battled behind, going on to take his third win of the campaign by 8.4 seconds.

“It feels great to get back on the top step of the podium again, and to win by that sort of margin just shows that if you use your head in this championship you can do well,” Whorton-Eales told TCF.

“We knew we had the race pace in the car, so when I saw Rivett behind Hand, I planned to back them up and let those two fight while I got away, and it worked perfectly.

“I got my head down, I knew I had the front tyres at the end to maintain the pace and it came together for a great win.”

The victory moves Whorton-Eales to seventeen points behind Hand with four races remaining, and the Lichfield-based racer knows he needs more wins next time out at Silverstone to maintain his title challenge.

“We’ve got to keep on full attack really. We can’t relax one bit, we’ve got to go to Silverstone and try to win both races,” he commented.

“It’s going to be difficult as everyone is so competitive, and it’s a flat, smooth circuit so tyre drop off won’t be an issue there. We’re going to work really hard though and try to pull these points back.”