Photo Credits: Phil Laughton
For the opening Renault UK Clio Cup race of the weekend, Mike would be the highest placed BMR backed driver on the grid starting from 7th, with Senna 12th and Josh 16th. After a great start from all three, the race was stopped after just half a lap after Dan Zelos ended up on his roof in the gravel at the Craner curves, negating the positions for a restart.
On the second attempt at a start, it would be Mike and Senna who made the great getaway with the pair jumping up to 6th and 8th as Josh retired after just a single lap. With just three minutes remaining on the clock Mike braved it out on the outside of Max Coates for fourth place, as another Clio rolled into the gravel at the Craners. Unfortunately this time it was Senna who ended up on his roof after slight contact from a fellow competitor and the race was red flagged for a second time.
Final result Mike 5th, with both Senna and Josh out of the race.
It was all hands on deck in the garage at Pyro as all of the team, including his team mates Mike and Josh, immediately got to work on Senna's battered car. Remarkably they made the grid where they lined up for the second race of the day, with all three drivers back in their grid slots. Mike was back in 7th with Senna 13th and Josh 17th.
When the lights went out at the start of the race all three once again got off to a flying start with Mike holding station in 7th as Senna and Josh moved up to 11th and 13th the by the end of the opening lap. Mike then dropped a place to 8th on lap 3 to Max Coates, as he tried to pass the Clio of Paul Streather in front of him going into the chicane. A place he would later regain after Lee Pattison went off at the Chicane on the following lap whilst in 4th place. Pattison's demise would also promote Senna up to 10th and Josh up to 12th. Mike's 7th place then became 6th after both he and Coates passed George Jackson in 5th at the start of lap 9. Senna and Josh then made a further gain as Jackson was called in to serve a drive through penalty after he moved before the lights had gone out at the start of the race, promoting them both up another spot to 9th and 11th which soon became 8th and 10th. Anton Spires then went off at the chicane on lap 11 which in-turn moved Josh another place up the order into 10th, and right behind Senna. When the checkered flag fell at the end of lap 14 Mike Crossed the line in 6th, with Senna 8th and Josh 9th as Ant Whorton-Eales took the win. However post race, Whorton-Eales was excluded for a technical infringement moving Mike up to 5th, Senna up to 7th and Josh 9th. The Jam Sport Team have since appealed the exclusion and their appeal is still ongoing at the time of going to press.
Mike sits 4th in the overall Championship standings led by Paul Rivett, with Josh 10th and Senna 15th.
Racing resumes at Thruxton on the weekend of the 7th and 8th of May.