Competing around the historic Zandvoort circuit provided Paul Rivett’s latest challenge as the four-time Renault UK Clio Cup champion made his second Fun Cup appearance.
Racing alongside the inexperienced Alex Macleod, the RAW Motorsport duo continued to improve and took advantage of a trouble-free first three-hour race to take 14 th place.
Things were going even better in race two – with Rivett able to run in the group at the front and Macleod later keeping the car on the lead lap – until alternator woes dropped them out of contention.
Despite this, Rivett was still happy with the Dutch weekend.
“The circuit is amazing – it’s a really good, fun circuit to drive,” he said. “We started fourth for the second race and I did the first stint – we’ve got an agreement that whenever we start on the front two rows I will start and anywhere else Alex will start.
“I had a great race with a handful of cars racing for the lead, swapping positions quite a bit. I came in at the end of my first stint in third place and thoroughly enjoyed it. After my second stint in the car we were still on the lead lap. Then we had the alternator go so that took us out of contention for any good finish and we ended up eight laps down.
“Apart from that, the car was faultless and the team did a great job. Alex made some good leaps as well and his pace in general was a step in the right direction.”
The next Fun Cup fixture is the eight-hour race at Anglesey in August, which Rivett admits will be “quite a challenge” as the duo are set to share all the driving between them without any additional racers.
Before then, Rivett will return to action in the British Truck Racing Championship at Thruxton on June 29-30. The WDE Motorsport squad has been busy working on the MAN TGA truck, making improvements for the Hampshire races. “The work that’s been going on with the truck has been massive – the gearbox has been rebuilt, the diff has been rebuilt,” Rivett said. “It’s been amazing to see the effort Wayne [Eason, team boss] and the guys have been putting in on that.”