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Lichfield racing driver Ant Whorton-Eales has clocked his first outright Renault UK Clio Cup victory. The city speedster produced a fine performance over the weekend at Rockingham. And he admits he was delighted to break his duck.
Ant Whorton-Eales
“It’s fantastic to get the first win”, said Whorton-Eales. “We’ve had two seconds this year, both behind Stef [Hodgetts], so to finally be on top this weekend is great. “It’s important to have a strong last half of the season and up to now we are. “Qualifying didn’t go according to plan, so to get the results we have this weekend from 12th on the grid is fantastic.” Whorton-Eales steered his KX Racing with Scuderia Vittoria car to the runner-up spot during the opening race of the weekend at the Northamptonshire track on Saturday, before producing an inspired drive the following day. The 19-year-old produced a remarkable getaway when the lights went out and sliced past ten cars through turn one of the Rockingham Oval to be in contention for the lead around the outside at the second corner. He braved a slippery track to nudge in front of pole-sitter and team-mate Stefan Hodgetts. The Lichfield man fought off an initial challenge from his colleague, before having to fend off a post-safety car surge from championship hopeful Josh Files. But neither were able to prevent Whorton-Eales from capping an impressive debut victory and collecting the driver of the event crown. He will be hoping for more of the same when the Renault UK Clio Cup returns at Brands Hatch on October 12 and 13.

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.