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Clio Trio Uphold Team Honours
Following the withdrawal of the four Subaru's from the British Touring Car Championship on Sunday, it was down to the Renault UK Clio Cup trio of Mike Bushell, Josh Price and Senna Proctor to uphold honours for Team BMR and Team Pyro as we headed down south to Thruxton in Hampshire for the third round of the 2016 championship last weekend. (7th and 8th of May).

It was an exceptionally good qualifying session for Mike after he bagged pole position for both of Sunday's races which is depicted by your quickest time for race one and your second quickest time for race two. Josh grabbed two 3rd place grid slots with Senna placing his Clio 13th and 9th. 

For race one it was a great start for all three drivers, however it was Ant Whorton-Eales who jumped up the order from 5th on the grid and into 2nd behind Mike, which soon became the lead after a pass on the outside at the chicane with Josh losing out and settling into 4th. As the race further unfolded it was Josh who snuck through into 2nd with Mike dropping to 4th behind Championship leader Paul Rivett. A safety car period would follow on lap 6 after Dan Zelos had contact which forced him off the Tarmac on the start finish straight sending him into the wall at high speed. When racing resumed Mike saw his chance on lap 12 to sneak back up the inside of Rivett placing him back into a podium finishing position. The race was subsequently red flagged two laps early on lap 13 after Luke Kidsley and Paul Plant made contact and both left the track hitting a wall in the process. Meanwhile coming through from 13th on the grid Senna had made his way up to a fine 8th place finish less than 7 seconds behind the race winner. Final result Josh second, Mike third Senna 8th.

For race two all three made great starts, but once again it was Ant Whorton-Eales from fifth on the grid who made the leap up to 3rd forcing Josh down to fourth at the start of the 12 lap encounter, as Paul Rivett then fell to 3rd, after he and Whorton-Eales swapped places at the complex enabling Mike to make the break out in front as the dicing duo ran side-by-side for several corners. At the start of lap four once again Whorton-Eales and Rivett ran side by side into the chicane with the pair making slight contact which slowed them up enabling Josh to capitalise moving him up to third behind Rivett. However it was short lived as once again Whorton-Eales went round the outside at the complex and claimed the place back. On lap six there was a hair raising moment for Rivett which sent him into a spin at Goodwood which enabled both Whorton-Eales and Josh to pass placing them second and third respectively. However Rivett managed to get his Clio back on track, albeit down in 11th place which also moved Senna up the order to eighth. Unfortunately for Mike on lap ten it was announced that he would receive a five second penalty for exceeding track limits and with a 4.4 second gap to Whorton-Eales he really had to do all he could to take the race win and gain that extra six tenths needed during the remaining three laps of the race. However by the start of the following lap the gap had increased to 0.8 seconds between the duo fighting it out, not on track but by the gap on the timing screens, as Senna was having his very own skirmish with Paul Streather and David Dickensin as the trio fought hard for 6th place, with Rivett moving up to 9th and hot onto Senna's heels. On the final lap of the race Rivett found a way past Senna which dropped him down to 9th as the flag fell, with all eyes on the timing screens to see who would reign supreme and take the victory. Unfortunately after the five second penalty for Mike he was demoted down the order to 2nd behind Whorton-Eales as Josh brought his car home in a fantastic 3rd, placing all three drivers in the top nine for both races. All in all a successful weekend in the  Renault UK Clio Cup, with two podiums for Mike, two for Josh and two good point scoring results for Senna. To top the weekend off there were two more trophies for Josh after he took the graduate win in both races. Mike is now second in the overall championship standings just six points adrift of leader Rivett, with Josh 7th and Senna 13th.