Triple Champion Paul Rivett believes age and cunning will win out against youth and exuberance and enable him to capture a fourth Renault UK Clio Cup crown in 2015.
Rivett will face a number of drivers a good ten or more years his junior in 2015 – 20-year-olds Ant Whorton-Eales and Jordan Stilp are already being touted as title favourites – but the 36-year-old believes he’s ready to out-run the lot.
Notably Whorton-Eales will drive for the SVR squad run by one of Rivett’s former arch racing rivals and 2001 champ Daniel Buxton.
Rivett, from Epsom, Surrey, said: “These youngsters – they are where Danny and I were back in the early 2000s as 20-something hotshots, but I am still going to beat the lot of them.”
The reason Rivett feels confident of adding to the titles he achieved in 2002, 2004 and 2011 is because he now has a season under his belt of also managing the WDE Motorsport team as well as racing for it. Even with three cars to ‘manage’ in 2015 – he will be joined at WDE by Charlie Ladell and newcomer Rory Green – he believes he will be in stronger shape.
“2014 was a totally new scenario for me and it might sound odd for an oldie but I had a lot to learn,” he added. “Bear in mind as well it was a wholly new car, the fourth generation Clio, and we went into round one with zero testing so were immediately on the backfoot playing catch-up. I was also having to engineer the car…
“But we got stronger as the season progressed and things started to gel with the running of the team and we ended on the best possible high with a race win in the final round.
“For 2015 we’ve restructured and brought in new people so I can concentrate much more on my racing again. I’ve won in every generation of Clio Cup car so far, I’m as fast and as hungry as ever and I am determined to win and make it four titles.”
RACE DATES: 2015 RENAULT UK CLIO CUP
Sat 4th/Sun 5th Apr Rounds 1 & 2 Brands Hatch Indy, Kent
Sat 18th/Sun 19th Apr Rounds 3 & 4 Donington Park, Leics
Sat 9th/Sun 10th May Rounds 5 & 6 Thruxton, Hants
Sat 6th/Sun 7th June Rounds 7 & 8 Oulton Park Island, Cheshire
Sat 27th/Sun 28th June Rounds 9 & 10 Croft, North Yorks
Sat 22nd/Sun 23rd Aug Rounds 11 & 12 Knockhill, Fife
Sat 5th/Sun 6th Sept Rounds 13 & 14 Rockingham, Northants
Sat 26th/Sun 27th Sept Rounds 15 & 16 Silverstone National, Northants
Sat 10th/Sun 11th Oct Rounds 17 & 18 Brands Hatch Grand Prix, Kent
OTHER KEY DATES
Wed 25 March Pre-Season Media Launch, Rockingham, Northants