Jack McCarthy has taken his maiden Renault UK Clio Cup victory in race two at Rockingham following a controlled drive where he had to hold off the attentions of two incredibly racy rivals.
Starting second on the grid, the Team Pyro driver took the lead at the start and didn’t have to look back too often despite the attentions of those behind him.
In a complete polar opposite to race one yesterday, the opening lap remained relatively incident free before heading into lap two which saw five drivers fight for the lead.
Max Coates looked to gain the lead. But, McCarthy had him covered. Behind them, a battle between Bradley Burns, Paul Rivett and Daniel Rowbottom set pulses racing as they diced for the final podium position. Little did they realise was that Michael Epps was on a mission.
Epps had a scary moment as he looked like he had ruined his race following contact with Rowbottom in a move which also got him past Rivett. Luckily for the Matrix Motorsport driver his Clio remained unscathed and he set upon Coates in second.
Coates had defended valiantly from Epps for most of the race but with five laps to go, Epps made his move in the final corner and raced side-by-side until making the move for second stick at the hairpin.
From then the Hemel Hempstead driver set his sights on McCarthy on first. But, as his Clio started to lose grip in the final few laps. Mike decided to play it safe and record his best ever Clio Cup finish.
Behind him, Coates consolidated third place to make up for a disappointing race one on Saturday. More importantly he finished ahead of title rival Rivett in fourth.
Despite victory in the first race and looking quick in the second, Rowbottom faded in the tail end of the race and had a lowly drive to fifteenth. Contact with Nicolas Hamilton at the hairpin slowed the Kidderminster driver down and he was pipped on the line for fourteenth by Aaron Thompson.
Dan Zelos finished fifth ahead of pole-sitter Burns in sixth. Sam Osbourne equalled his best result of 2018 with seventh ahead of a disappointed title hopeful James Dorlin in eighth.
Zak Fulk crossed the line in ninth and despite running wide at the hairpin partway through the race, Jack Young came tenth.
Heading to the next couple of rounds at Silverstone, Coates still leads the championship by seven points ahead of Rivett whilst Dorlin has dropped twenty-six points behind the leader. Daniel Rowbottom’s disappointing race two has dropped him sixty-one points behind Coates.