WHORTON-EALES OVERTAKES FIFTEEN IN BRIGHT START TO THE SEASON

Lichfield's Ant Whorton-Eales, finds himself in fourth place in the Renault Clio Cup championship, following two spirited drives at Brands Hatch, in what could be considered one of the most impressive days of his fledging career.

Qualifying didn't go to plan for 18-year-old BRDC Rising Star Whorton-Eales on Saturday, with the end result being two 13th place starts for the KX Akademy driver. Friday's practice sessions suggested there was a lot more to come from qualifying, with Whorton-Eales finishing in third place just 0.042 off of the top time of the session on Friday afternoon.

Despite the qualifying setback Whorton-Eales went into Sunday's first 20 lap race knowing that a good finish was still possible. Within the first lap Whorton-Eales had made three places up and was in tenth place, as he crossed the line. By the end of the ninth lap Whorton-Eales was in ninth, as he got past Josh Files. Whorton-Eales on the following lap. , overtook Aaron Williamson with a fantastic move down the inside of Paddock Hill to put himself into eighth place.

A well thought out move on Jake Giddings at Druids saw Whorton-Eales in seventh in the closing stages of the race. This would soon become sixth after team mate Stefan Hodgetts was given a five second penalty for exceeding the track limits.

The second live televised race on ITV4 saw Whorton-Eales make the best start of his circuit racing career, as he overtook a staggering seven cars in the first three corners of the lap. Before the end of the lap he was in fourth place after dispatching Josh Files.

At the restart following the safety car, Whorton-Eales put pressure on James Colburn, as he saw a place on the podium right in front of him. The two went side by side for half a lap before Colburn kept his position. Files got back past Whorton-Eales who was out wide at Graham Hill Bend. Contact between Whorton-Eales and Files as he overtook saw Whorton-Eales unable to go faster due to damage to the tracking of the car. Whorton-Eales showed the defensive side to his driving, keeping Rob Smith and Hodgetts behind to clinch a fantastic fifth place. Whorton-Eales is fourth overall in the championship and second in the Graduate Cup for drivers under the age of 23.

Whorton-Eales was happy with how Sunday went, " following our poor qualifying, a fifth and a sixth from 13th on the grid is a really good way to end the weekend. We have shown some real pace and it is a really promising start to the season, we fought back well from the setback in qualifying. Donington Park is a circuit I really enjoy, so the aim is to repeat last year's performances there and get some trophies."

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