Close behind, tying for fourth and still looking for that first win, are Pyro pair Daniel Rowbottom (Kidderminster) and Jack McCarthy (Bromley). Rounding out the top six is Matrix Motorsport’s Michael Epps (Hemel Hempstead). Epps scored well in all three BTCC races at Oulton last year so will surely fancy his chances of a maiden podium or two in the Clio Cup this weekend.
Tight in teams’ title race
The fact that four different outfits are represented in the top six reflects a highly competitive Entrants Trophy title battle which counts the points of a team’s two highest placed drivers in each race.
Pyro has managed to edge away thanks to the effort of Coates, Rowbottom, McCarthy and its rapid 16-year-old signings Bradley Burns (Farnham) and Zak Fulk (Guildford).
WDE, in second, has been unfortunate on occasion and Rivett and his four fiercely competitive team-mates Lee Pattison (Halifax), Sam Osborne (Worksop), Dan Zelos (Dereham) and Nicolas Hamilton (Welwyn Garden City) will be keen to close the gap back up again.
Also watch out for…
Westbourne is not far adrift of WDE in third and Dorlin’s team-mate James Colburn (Worthing) was a winner at Oulton 12 months ago.
Like Epps, Jade Edwards (Northampton) might also be in contention for a first podium result – the daughter of former Clio Cup Champion Jim Edwards Jnr was right towards the sharp end at Thruxton. She is the MRM team’s sole representative this weekend as team-mate Brett Lidsey (Northfleet) is getting married…
Of Epps’s team-mates, Aaron Thompson (Romford) will be hoping to regain the form that last year at Oulton enabled him to qualify a best ever fourth fastest while Andy Wilmot (Dagenham) and Jeff Alden (Cheltenham) will be looking to continue their ever improving form – as will recent newcomer Luke Warr (Sudbury) and his small BLG Racing team.
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