Paul Rivett endured a mixed weekend in the Renault UK Clio Cup at Silverstone but is still in the thick of the title battle.

The Tachosys-sponsored driver showed great pace right from the start of Friday testing and was able to qualify on the front row for both races.

In the first contest, Rivett jumped into the lead at the start but was soon passed by the poleman Bradley Burns at Becketts. But their fighting also allowed Mike Epps, Dan Zelos and Josh Young into the mix. However, Rivett cannily waited as they squabbled ahead – and took each other off at Brooklands – to then pounce and secure a strong second place.

The WDE Motorsport driver also got into the lead at the start of race two but further around the lap Burns and James Dorlin were able to squeeze ahead. Rivett pressurised Dorlin until the end of the race but wasn’t quite able to find a way past.

However, Rivett was later excluded from the race and will appeal that decision to the National Court.

“We don’t agree with the decision and we will take it to court and are very confident of winning,” said the three-time Clio champion. “It’s a shame as it will ruin the end of the championship no matter what happens. I’ll go to Brands Hatch and to try to win it anyway and then we will go to court and try to get the margin extended.”

As things stand, Rivett is six points behind the leader Max Coates with just the two races at Brands Hatch on September 29/30 remaining this season.