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Lichfield racing driver Ant Whorton-Eales secured his third podium of the 2014 Courier Connections Renault UK Clio Cup season.
Although qualifying didn’t go according to plan with the city racer having to settle for the eighth fastest time, his start at Croft in North Yorkshire was sensational and by the time he exited the first corner on lap one he was into the top three.
As several cars got a little too close for comfort, Whorton-Eales hugged the inside line and managed to thread his way through unscathed into the podium placings.
Despite immense pressure from championship leader and team-mate Josh Cook, in a repeat of their tight battle at Oulton Park during the previous round, the Lichfield driver was able to keep his more experienced rival at bay.
With Cook filling his mirrors lap after lap, Whorton-Eales did manage to edge away during the closing stages to the tune of just over two seconds.
“We had a fantastic getaway off the line, into turn one it was typical Croft chaos – there were cars everywhere and we just had to pick our way through,” he said. “Then it was just a case of trying to hold Josh off, he’s so quick around here.
“Through the slow stuff I backed him up a bit to try and give Alex [Morgan] a chance to attack him – that gave me a bit of a gap. It’s fantastic to be on the podium again.”
In round 10 later in the day, the Whorton-Eales posted a top five finish to conclude the weekend sixth in the main championship, fourth in the Graduate Cup class rankings.
There will now be a five week break in the Courier Connections Renault UK Clio Cup before rounds 11 and 12 at Snetterton on August 2 and 3.