Paul Rivett had a frustrating weekend at Brands Hatch as he was unable to win a fourth Renault UK Clio Cup title on-the-road.

But the Tachosys-sponsored driver remains confident of winning a National Court appeal of his Silverstone exclusion – if he’s successful, the title would be his.

The first Kent contest was limited to just three racing laps as a long safety car period and a red flag cut the race short. This meant Rivett had limited time to progress from his fifth-place starting spot, a false start penalty for Jack Young promoting him to an eventual fourth.

Race two was more dramatic with Rivett in the thick of the action. He was running fifth when a collision between Mike Epps and Max Coates allowed the WDE driver to pounce. However, his third place didn’t last long as Coates hit him at Graham Hill Bend, damaging Rivett’s steering and sending him wide. This meant he was only able to recover to fourth – which became third after Coates was penalised.

But that wasn’t enough to deny the race winner James Dorlin from taking the provisional title. Ahead of the appeal, Rivett sits seven points behind but would receive 20 points back if successful.

“Provisionally I finished third but I’m certain we are going to win it in court,” said Rivett. “It’s a shame it has to finish this way. It’s been a season of ups and downs but it’s been close all year long.

“I’ve got to thank everyone that gets me to race – which is Wayne Eason and WDE Motorsport, Tachosys, DMS and my parents.”