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ANOTHER SUCCESS STORY FOR THE TEAM BMR CLIO TRIO
Not wanting to be overshadowed by their senior stable mates in the British Touring Car Championship at Croft over the weekend, the Renault UK Clio Cup trio of Mike Bushell, Josh Price and Senna Proctor set their sights on the podium off the back of a successful weekend at Oulton Park two weeks prior, with Mike aiming to close in on Championship Leader Ant Whorton-Eales.
 
Having placed all three of the team Pyro cars in the top six during Friday's test session around the 2.13 mile Yorkshire venue, things looked good for qualifying on Saturday and once again the Pyro boys did a stellar job with Mike qualifying 3rd, Josh 6th and Senna 10th for the first race of the weekend later on in the afternoon.
 
As soon as the lights went out to signal the start, all three went on maximum attack but Josh soon found Senna alongside him with the duo making slight accidental contact caused by a number of cars bunching up at turn one, then Hawthorn and into the chicane. Unfortunately Senna lost the few places he had gained, but for Josh it ended his race early as the damage he sustained was enough to force him into retirement just three laps into the race. It was down to Mike to battle for team honours and after a race long battle with Max Coates he settled for the 3rd and final step on the podium and the team's first trophy of the weekend. Senna also fought hard and managed to gain several places by the end of the race and brought his slightly battle scarred Clio home in a fantastic 7th place. 
 
For race two, the grid is formed by the second quickest lap time set in qualifying which placed Mike on Pole Position, Josh alongside him on the front row in 2nd with Senna 6th, so it was all to play for as the lights went out to signal the start of Sunday's race. Going into turn one Mike ran wide changing the order of the race placing Paul Rivett in the lead, which he lost to Josh by the time they exited the chicane. However Rivett soon found his way back past placing Josh as the highest placed of the BMR trio in 2nd with Mike 4th and Senna 6th. On lap 4 Josh would re-take the lead after Rivett had a mechanical issue which also moved Mike up the order to 3rd and Senna into 5th. The lead would then change hands once more throughout the 12 lap encounter as Coates moved ahead with Mike also taking advantage jumping up into 2nd, dropping Josh to 3rd as Senna defended his 5th place position from Whorton-Eales who was on maximum attack. Eventually Whorton-Eales found a way through along with Paul Streather dropping him down the order to 7th. More contact followed at the hairpin when Senna took a big hit at the rear from Lee Pattison in a late lunge attempt to pass. However on this occasion it wasn't a successful one and Senna continued albeit with a slightly re-arranged rear end. As the checkered flag fell Mike crossed the line in 2nd with Josh right behind him in 3rd making it two more podiums for the team with Senna coming home with a second 7th place finish of the weekend.
 
All in all it was a great weekend for the Team BMR with Pyro boys with two solid finishes from all three of the youngsters, with Mike closing the gap to Whorton-Eales at the top of the championship standings to just 3 points. Josh currently lies in 8th and Senna 9th also with a 3 point gap.
 
We now look forward to a six week break until racing resumes at Snetterton in Norfolk on the weekend of the 30th and 31st of July.

Written By Chris Chatters
Photos By Phil Laughton