27th January 2017

Pattison holds on in Rockingham race two for third win of season

Lee Pattison resisted late pressure from Mike Bushell to win Sunday’s Renault UK Clio Cup round at Rockingham

Max Coates, who started from pole position, led initially but then ran wide at the right-handed Yentwood corner and both Pattison and Bushell were past him in a flash.

Bushell’s defence of second from Coates allowed Pattison to draw clear. But then Ciceley Motorsport driver Coates lost ground – and more places – with a grassy moment and Team Pyro’s Bushell was free to go after Pattison for the race win.

A 1.5 second gap came down to 0.625s at the chequered flag but WDE Motorsport’s Pattison did enough to secure his third win of the season.

Bushell though will still take an 82-point lead over closest championship rival Pattison to Silverstone in three weeks’ time. He will become Champion if that lead is 69 points or more after the two races there…

Race winner Pattison said: "I made that more difficult for myself than it should have been! I made a mistake at the chicane which cost me about half a second and with two laps to go I thought I saw a pit board showing one lap to go so that was a pretty steady lap which allowed Mike to get even closer! Generally though I always felt in control of the siuation and it's nice to be back on the top step of the podium..."

Having dropped to fifth Coates, who set the race’s fastest lap, recovered to finish in third ahead of PP Motorsport/Westbourne’s James Colburn, Pyro pair Lucas Orrock and Jack McCarthy, WDE’s Paul Rivett and DRM’s Daniel Rowbottom – the latter a frustrated eighth after having challenged for third mid-race. Sixth place for McCarthy meanwhile made it his second Graduates Cup class win of the weekend…

WDE’s Dan Zelos and Ciceley’s Jade Edwards completed the top ten – Edwards had been up to eighth on lap one after a great start from 14th on the grid…

JamSport Racing’s Aaron Thompson just kept clear of the closing JJ Ross (Bob Ross Racing) to finish 11th. Ciceley’s Luke Reade made up places to wind up 13th, just clear of Pyro trio Bradley Burns, Nathan Harrison and Zak Fulk who put in a fine recovery drive after a spin on the opening lap.

Ciceley’ Sam Osborne was next up ahead of Westbourne’s James Dorlin who had an eventful race – after an opening lap off he was soon up to and challenging Thompson only to then later slip back to an eventual 18th.

Right behind him at the finish was STR’s Shawn Taylor while WDE’s Nicolas Hamilton completed the runners, two laps down after an early pit stop.

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Carl McKellar

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