Paul Rivett made a strong start to his 2017 Renault UK Clio Cup season achieving a brace of third places at Brands Hatch.

The three-time champion made a good start to the first contest, on a soaking wet track, passing Jack McCarthy to take third. He was able to hold onto the position for the remainder of the race, weathering intense pressure from rookie James Dorlin, but he was unable to do anything about Mike Bushell and WDE team-mate Lee Pattison up front.

Rivett started the dry race two from fifth but an attempted move on Max Coates at Druids briefly put him into the clutches of Shayne Deegan behind. But Coates made a mistake and ran off the track on the approach to Clearways on lap seven of the 22-lap race, handing Rivett fourth. He then set about closing on the top three and when Jack McCarthy ran slightly wide Rivett pounced and followed Pattison through to take third.

“I had to make sure I went for it and I didn’t need inviting twice!” said Rivett about the opportunistic Druids move.

He remained third for the rest of the race to cap off a strong opening weekend. He now sits third in the championship, 10 points behind joint leaders Pattison and Bushell.

“I’m quite happy with that – I’m third in the championship with two podium places,” said Rivett. “This season is all about picking up points and being consistent and we’re also leading the teams’ championship too.”

The Clio Cup now heads to Donington Park for rounds three and four on April 15/16.