Lee Pattison is celebrating a first series win after clinching victory in the second ELF Renault Clio Cup race of the weekend at Silverstone.
The Range Storage with Robertshaw Racing driver took the lead on lap two and was never headed in difficult wet conditions. JHR Developments' Steven Hunter was second, with Total Control Racing's Stefan Hodgetts adding a third place to his win in the opening race of the weekend.
At the start of the race, JHR's pole-sitter Paul Rivett held the inside line on the run to Copse as Hodgetts challenged round the outside. Pattison tucked in behind Rivett on the inside and the trio ran through Becketts and then Brooklands as one. Rivett suffered a loss of grip through Luffield, fighting to keep the car on track but dropping to seventh as Hodgetts inherited the lead ahead of Pattison.
Hunter had moved from sixth on the grid to third ahead of Double Six Racing's Rob Boston, TCR's Alex MacDowall and Y4HR Miracle Drywash Stancombe Vehicle Engineering's Niki Lanik. APO Sport's Alex Osborne made a great start from 15th on the grid and passed the recovering Rivett to lie seventh at the start of lap two.
As the rain lashed down and spray caused problems for all drivers, lap two saw Hodgetts become the second leader in as many laps to slide out of first place. He ran wide at Becketts to hand Pattison the lead and Hunter took second place. The top three edged clear of Boston, while Lanik took fifth from MacDowall at Copse but not without contact that earned a formal reprimand from the Clerk of the Course and a two-point licence endorsement.
Having reached tenth place from 16th on the grid, Full Speed Racing's Phil Glew lost the position to Mardi Gras Motorsport's Gavin Pyper and then ran into the gravel to drop back to 16th place. Down the order, TCR's Jonathan Ridley-Holloway got out of shape exiting Brooklands before contact involving Team Pyro's Jeff Smith and EPS UK with Robertshaw Racing's Robert Gaffney put all three out of the race.
Running in sixth place at his home circuit, Osborne ran wide at Brooklands and through the gravel on lap five to rejoin in 21st place. In the lead battle, Hunter set the NGK fastest lap of the race at 1min 12.872s to close the gap on Pattison to one second. Pattison almost lost the lead at Becketts as he slid wide, managing to hold the inside line into Brooklands to retain the place before edging away on lap seven.
Rivett's early promise continued to fade as his JHR team-mate Matt Allison took sixth place on lap seven. The race for tenth saw Coastal Racing's Carl Bradley and Team Pyro with Dewsport's Alex Dew joined by Phil Glew after his second charge through the field of the race.
As Glew tried to pass Dew on lap nine, contact between the pair damaged Glew's left front wheel to force him into retirement. Four laps later, Bradley was on the receiving end of a tap from Dew at Becketts that dropped Bradley to 17th and earned Dew a formal reprimand and two-point licence endorsement.