Rockingham circuit hosts the latest rounds of the Renault UK Clio Cup’s 2016 title race this weekend (27-28 August), with former Champion Mike Bushell and Ant Whorton-Eales the men to beat.
As ever, both UK Clio Cup races take place alongside the latest rounds of the Dunlop British Touring Car Championship – meaning a huge trackside crowd, as well as live television coverage on ITV4. Team Pyro’s Bushell is 19 points ahead of Whorton-Eales who races for the JamSport team. But with 32 awarded for a win and six races still to go, it means there are still 192 to be won.
That means the next eight drivers in the standings could, in theory, yet be crowned Champion – although this would require dire misfortune for both Bushell and Whorton-Eales. Like the rest of the grid each will be acutely aware however of the championship’s ‘two-dropped-scores’ rule which means every driver must discard their worst two results when it comes to totting up their end of season totals.
The UK Clio Cup drivers will first be on track at Snetterton this Friday (26 August) with two timed practice sessions to enable them to fine-tune their cars’ set-ups to the circuit’s characteristics. On Saturday comes the half-hour timed qualifying session (11.20am) that will decide the starting grid orders for the two races. The first of those takes place later that afternoon (4.10pm); the second on Sunday (1.00pm). Both are 14 laps in distance.