Renault UK Clio Cup

Advantage Bushell In Clio Cup Finale Qualifying

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Mike Bushell secured a double pole position in the final Renault UK Clio Cup qualifying of the 2016 season, with title rival Ant Whorton-Eales joining him on the front row for both races.

There was a frantic start to the session as the heavens opened whilst the field fed their way through from the assembly area, leading to some quick tyre changes in the pitlane.

Once on track, the championship contenders immediately established themselves at the front of the field as they tried to get some lap times in the bank before the conditions worsened.

Bushell went on to post a best effort of 1m 49.370s to secure the top spot by a comfortable margin of time over Whorton-Eales, with nearly four tenths of a second splitting them.

The same margin of time would split Whorton-Eales and the best of the rest, which turned out to be Bushell’s Team Pyro stablemate David Dickenson and series veteran Paul Rivett.

Enjoying a seasons best qualifying performance meanwhile was Ollie Pidgley, with the Ciceley Motorsport man taking fifth and fourth on the grid for the two encounters.

It’s Dickenson who slips back on the second best times for the race two grid, with Bushell and Whorton-Eales on the front row ahead of Rivett.

Charlie Ladell and Josh Price were sixth and seventh on the timesheets overall, just three hundredths of a second splitting them, with Paul Streather improving late on for eighth.

Ciceley team-mates Dan Zelos and Max Coates rounded out the top ten, the latter qualifying lower than seventh for the first time since Thruxton back in May.

For race two, Ladell and Price will share row three ahead of Dickenson and the improving Coates, Senna Proctor and James Colburn, with Zelos in eleventh.

It was a tough induction to Clio life for series returnee Paul Donkin and debutant James Grint meanwhile, who finished up eighteenth and nineteenth respectively for both races.

Full qualifying results can be found here.

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