A strong recovery drive to fourth place in the first race proved to be the highlight for Paul Rivett at Oulton Park as he had a frustrating weekend in the Renault UK Clio Cup.

Changeable conditions in qualifying put three-time Clio champion Rivett on the backfoot as he could only manage 12th and 10th places.

“We needed to be on the wet tyres earlier and then struggled with the set-up,” he explained.

But Rivett immediately set about rising up the order at the start of the dry first race. By the end of the opening lap he was up to sixth and he was then able to pass both Max Coates and Jack McCarthy to take an impressive fourth place.

“I went from 12th to fourth in the race which was really fun to drive,” said Rivett. “I love races where I start at the back of the grid and fight through like that.”

Rivett had it all to do again in race two but this time did not have chance to put in another storming drive. Two red flags limited the actual race to just two laps and at the end of those Rivett was seventh.

“I felt we didn’t really have a race – we know we could’ve moved forward from there if it was longer which is a bit of a shame,” he said.

Despite the weekend not living up to expectations, Rivett remains second in the standings – albeit 61 points behind leader Mike Bushell.

The next rounds of the championship are at Croft on June 10/11.

Paul Rivett Oulton Park