Two top six results for Paul Rivett at his worst track have helped him move up to second in the Renault UK Clio Cup standings.

Rivett’s Thruxton weekend got off to a difficult start when he was only able to qualify 10th for the first race. Things soon got worse when the lights went out as Rivett made a poor start and lost several more places.

But he then set about climbing up the order and stormed into fifth by the end of lap three. He was soon able to pass WDE team-mate Lee Pattison to take fourth before slipping back in the latter stages of the race to eventually finish sixth.

“I made a little mistake at Goodwood and thought I would let Lee past after what happened at Donington,” said Rivett.

Race two got off to a dramatic start when four cars collided out of Allard on the first lap, bringing out the red flags. When the shortened race then began, Rivett quickly secured third place after passing Jack McCarthy in the complex on the opening lap.

He then set about closing on the race leaders Mike Bushell and James Dorlin, but ran out of time to make a challenge.

“That was the first time I drove really well all weekend,” said Rivett. “I could’ve done with another couple of laps! I love this track, but it’s my weakest circuit so I’m happy to get some solid points for the championship.”

Paul Rivett

Rivett is now 35 points behind Bushell in the standings ahead of the next Clio races at Oulton Park on May 20/21.

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