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ADAM RETURNS TO CLIO CUP RACING WITH DRAMATIC WIN Former ELF Renault Clio Cup champion Jonathan Adam (Fife) made a sensational return to the championship to win round 11 at Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. Racing in support of World Series by ...

ADAM RETURNS TO CLIO CUP RACING WITH DRAMATIC WIN

Former ELF Renault Clio Cup champion Jonathan Adam (Fife) made a sensational return to the championship to win round 11 at Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. Racing in support of World Series by Renault, the 2005 champion took victory ahead of current championship leader and local driver Ben Winrow (Earls Barton) with Phil Glew (Alford) in third.

Team Pyro's Winrow started from pole position alongside Total Control Racing's Adam, making a one-off appearance in the saloon-car series. Winrow led away off the line but Adam set the fastest lap of the race on lap two at 2min 09.868s (88.54mph) to keep the pressure on. JHR Developments' Paul Rivett (Banstead) came past TCR's Alex MacDowall (Carlisle) at the start to take third, with Full Speed Racing's Glew lying fifth in the early stages.

APO Sport's Alex Osborne (Northampton), having qualified well in ninth at his home circuit, dropped to 13th on the opening lap as the midfield runners shuffled at Abbey. JHR's Richard Cannon (Chesterfield) was in a solid sixth place ahead of a great duel for seventh between TCR's Mike Robinson (Effingham) and Y4HR Miracle Drywash Stancombe Vehicle Engineering's Niki Lanik (Ashurst Wood).

On lap three, Adam made the decisive move for the lead at Stowe having picked up a tow down the long Hangar Straight. He gradually increased his lead in the following six laps but only by fractions of a second as Winrow remained in touch. In the race for 12th place, Mardi Gras Motorsport's David Dickenson (Keatingstown) led a train of four cars including his team-mate Aron Smith (Rathfarnham) as the 30-car field all found someone to race with on the 3.194-mile circuit.

Lap four saw Osborne passed by TCR's Jonathan Ridley-Holloway (Barnstaple) and Team Wood Racing's Lea Wood (Hereford), with P9 Race Shop/Range Storage's Lee Pattison (Liversedge) also in the group. Among the leaders, MacDowall slid wide at Club chicane allowing Glew through into fourth place.

On the next lap, Ridley-Holloway had the slightest twitch exiting Brooklands but due to the closeness of the racing it was enough to cost him three places as Wood, Osborne and Pattison all came through. Meanwhile, Glew set his personal best lap to that point to close on Rivett before gaining a further 0.8s in the first sector of lap six.

Lap six saw the only retirements of the race, Amery Motorsport's Jonathan Shepherd (Sandbach) as a result of contact with JD Pierce with Robertshaw Racing's Derek Pierce (West Kilbride) and Double Six Racing's Rob Boston (Doncaster) with an electrical problem.

Coastal Racing's Stephen Tyldsley (Guiseley) joined the main midfield battle on lap seven as he passed Pattison and Osborne who had slowed themselves up as they raced each other. At the head of the field, Winrow set his personal best lap to that point and then went quicker still on laps eight and nine to close the gap on Adam to under half a second.

Team Pyro's Chris Rice (Beverley) was the next driver to gain two places with one move, coming past Ridley-Holloway and Pattison on lap eight. In the race for podium places, lap eight saw the decisive move by Glew on Rivett, forcing his way through at Vale as Rivett was forced to leave room and avoid contact.

After a race-long battle, Austrian driver Lanik finally found a way past Robinson for seventh and soon passed Cannon at Copse for sixth after getting a great run out of Woodcote. With tyre wear becoming an issue, Rivett continued to defend fourth place from a resurgent MacDowall as Winrow lined up a final attempt to take the lead.

On the final lap, Winrow tried to get a run at Adam coming onto Hangar Straight but went off line and lost momentum. This allowed the Scot to ease home to take a stunning victory on his first competitive outing in the new Clio Cup race car. Winrow finished one second behind with Glew a further six seconds adrift, while Rivett pipped MacDowall by just 0.108s.

Commenting on the race, a delighted Jonathan Adam said: "It's always good to race at World Series by Renault because the crowds are great and it's such a massive event. TCR always produces a good car and to get three cars home in the top eight when it's so competitive is proof of that. I'm grateful to them for giving me the chance to race this weekend and hopefully I've shown what I can do."

Second-placed Winrow said: "It was a great race with Jonathan and in a way I'm not too disappointed to lose to him because he's not racing for the overall championship. We know each other from racing together in Clio Cup in the past so it was a very fair race. I wasn't too happy with the car on Friday in testing but it's back on track now and it's a good result."

Third-placed Glew said: "I had a good battle with Paul and I thought I was quicker than him as the race went on. I went for the move and Paul gave me room and was very fair. It's great to be on the podium and I must thank all my sponsors for supporting me and giving me the opportunity to race."

-credit: renaultsport.co.uk

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Drivers Paul Rivet , Niki Lanik , Jonathan Adam , Lea Wood , Alex MacDowall , Aron Smith , Alex Osborne