Following a mixed start to his 2016 Renault UK Clio Cup title challenge, Ant Whorton-Eales feels like luck might finally be turning in his favour after he secured a double victory in the latest rounds of the championship at Thruxton.
The Clio Cup stalwart had suffered immense frustration three weeks prior at Donington Park when a post-race exclusion from race two had deprived him of a perfect double victory – and both team and driver bounced back in perfect style in Hampshire.
The wins didn’t come without some drama though, with the second success going Whorton-Eales’ way when a track limits penalty for on-the-road victor Mike Bushell dropped him down to second in the classified results.
“I feel like we’ve robbed the second win from Mike, as he said he had no warnings, no boards out and no radio on his penalty, and he’d done exactly what I did in race one and got his head down, broken the tow and got away,” said Whorton-Eales.
“He won on the road, but they have issued this five second penalty and I’m not going to complain about getting the victory. We’ve felt like we needed a little bit of luck coming our way at the moment, and this completes a brilliant weekend for us.”
The victories came in different circumstances for the Litchfield ace, with a fast start from fifth to first on the opening lap setting him on his way to his race one honours, while the second encounter saw him come out on top of a duel with Paul Rivett for second before keeping tabs on Bushell.
“I caught them all napping at the start of the first race, but they were wise to it second time around and made it difficult for me to come through,” he reflected.
“I managed to get in the tow of Rivett, put him under immense pressure and he cracked with a slide, which let me come through and keep within touching distance of Bushell, which proved crucial in the end.”
The results mean Whorton-Eales has climbed up to fourth in the standings ahead of the visit to Oulton Park next month, where the 21 year old is confident of challenging for more front-running results with the JamSport Racing Clio underneath him.
“It would be nice to repeat this performance at Oulton Park, and if we can we’d be over the moon,” he concluded.
“The team have done a fantastic job, the car was spot on this weekend just as it was at Donington. The tyre wear is minimal, the car just lasts and lasts, which gives me a great chance of battling for silverware.”