Following the over-turning of a disqualification decision, the National Court of the Motor Sports Association has today confirmed that Paul Rivett is the 2018 Renault UK Clio Cup champion.
This marks Paul’s fourth UK Clio Cup title having previously won it in 2002, 2004 and 2011.
Fallout for this two month long decision begun at Silverstone when Rivett had been disqualified from the second race.
This was due to an on-track incident with Max Coates that the clerk of the course investigated and found Rivett to be at fault. His third place became a controversial non-points scoring finish.
Following initial appeals to Silverstone stewards which were turned away, Rivett took his case to the MSA who investigated further to come to this title altering decision.
With this reinstation to third in the Silverstone race two results, the twenty points gained means he jumps provisional champion James Dorlin into first and beats the youngster by seventeen points.
This decision also gives WDE Motorsport their maiden UK Clio Cup drivers title.
Commenting on the decision. Paul Rivett spoke of his relief,
“A fourth title is very special but I’d also say extra special because this is the one I’ve had to work the hardest for.
“This title shows just how much the WDE team has grown and improved since I first joined them in 2014.
“To everyone in this team – the mechanics, technicians, team boss Wayne Eason, all my sponsors and my family – I’d like to say a big ‘thank you.”
WDE Team Principal Wayne Eason gave a mention to his rivals Westbourne Motorsport and their driver James Dorlin who was dethroned from provisional title honours,
“I’d like to praise James Dorlin and Westbourne Motorsport.
“We are very respectful of them and have always got on and I actually have a bit of sympathy with them to have it taken away like this but, as has been decided by the MSA’s National Court, we are genuinely the champions.”