Renault UK Clio Cup

Thruxton Top Six Breakthrough Pleases Spires

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Anton Spires says it was mission accomplished at Thruxton last weekend as he broke into the Renault UK Clio Cup top six with PP Motorsport.

The 2014 Michelin Clio Cup Road Series champion enjoyed his most consistent Clio Cup weekend yet in Hampshire, as he finished each session in the top ten for the first time this year.

A strong qualifying session set him up for a positive race day, with Spires putting his Terraclean Clio seventh on the grid for both encounters – just over a tenth of a second shy of the top four.

From those positions, Spires produced a couple of impressive performances in the thick of the action around the high-speed curves as he took a pair of sixth place finishes.

“Since qualifying at the season opener we’ve been in the top ten, so that’s where we know we should be and unfortunately results hadn’t reflected that quite yet,” Spires told TCF.

“This weekend has affirmed our place and where we should be on the grid through. A fifth and a sixth is brilliant and I couldn’t really have asked for anymore from the weekend.

“I wanted to get some consistent results and solid points from the meeting and that’s what we’ve achieved, so it was a positive and successful weekend.”

Those results have moved Spires into the championship top ten ahead of the visit to Oulton Park next month (04/05 June), with the 23 year old wanting more top six consistency there.

“I quite like Oulton Park. I got my first car-racing podium there, my first win there and a double win on my way to the Clio Series title,” he added.

“I gel well with the circuit and now we can look ahead to that weekend and target the outright podium that feels so close now, we can sense it’s coming in the next few rounds.”

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