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Clio Cup: Hodgetts takes win as Winrow crowned.

Stefan Hodgetts clinched another ELF Renault Clio Cup victory at Silverstone with a lights-to-flag win in race one.

The Total Control Racing man beat JHR Developments' pole-sitter Paul Rivett off the line and held off almost continuous pressure for 18 laps to take the chequered flag.

Team Pyro's newly-crowned champion Ben Winrow, in what will be his final race as he looks towards raising funds to enter the British Touring Car Championship in 2009, pipped Range Storage with Robertshaw Racing's Lee Pattison for third on the final lap.

Hodgetts wasted no time in asserting himself on the race by pulling a car length clear off the line to lead Rivett into Copse corner for the first time. Rivett tried to regain the lead at Becketts but Hodgetts forced the double former champion wide as they joined the National Straight.

Winrow slotted into third ahead of Pattison followed by TCR's Alex MacDowall and Y4HR Miracle Drywash Stancombe Vehicle Engineering's Niki Lanik, who had got ahead of Double Six Racing's Rob Boston. Mardi Gras Motorsport's Gavin Pyper, TCR's Mike Robinson and APO Sport's Alex Osborne completed the top ten.

Further down the order, Amery Motorsport's David Shepherd and Team Pyro's Jeff Smith came together forcing Shepherd into retirement and condemning Smith to spend the race adrift of the field in last place. Meanwhile, Full Speed Racing's Phil Glew was caught up in two separate incidents, the second with JHR's Mark Hazell and EPS UK with Robertshaw Racing's Robert Gaffney, which ended the race of the driver lying third in the overall standings.

Lap two saw Pattison pass Winrow for third place with an opportunistic move at Brooklands. Pattison, aiming for a first podium in Clio Cup racing, set the fastest lap to that point on lap three before Winrow responded with a new lap record for the latest Clio Cup race car of 1min 06.274s.

As the top four paired off, the closest battle on track saw Robinson pass Boston for seventh on lap five after overcoming Pyper on the second tour. TCR's twelfth placed Jonathan Ridley-Holloway was coming under pressure from Coastal Racing's Carl Bradley, succumbing on lap seven before losing two more spots to Mardi Gras' Árón Smith and Full Speed's Chaz Small as he ran wide at Becketts.

Lap twelve saw Rivett make another bid for the lead round the outside at Becketts but once again Hodgetts defended as Rivett clipped the kerb and dropped back towards Pattison and Winrow. They were joined by MacDowall as it became a four-way battle for second place and then five-way for first as the pacy Rivett brought the train of cars up to Hodgetts' bumper.

Two laps later, Winrow made a rare error to run wide at Copse allowing MacDowall and Lanik past, although he re-passed Lanik at Brooklands. By lap 16, the new champion was back in fourth after a neat move at Luffield and once again chasing Pattison for third, while Lanik slipped behind Robinson and Boston. In midfield, a tap in the rear by Árón Smith on Osborne saw the latter drop two places to 13th on lap 13, eventually finishing 14th having been as high as tenth on lap one.



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