Stilp impresses in the Donington rain

Jordan Stilp battles the rain and his rivals at Donington Park. Picture: Kingsley Newman
Jordan Stilp battles the rain and his rivals at Donington Park. Picture: Kingsley Newman

Potterspury’s Jordan Stilp put in a good showing at Donington Park over the Easter weekend in rounds three and four of the Renault Clio Cup UK, finishing with a brace of top six finishes.

After two days of testing and optimising the car set-up, Stilp put in his best qualifying session in the championship to date by qualifying third and first for the two rounds respectively.

He said: “It felt great to get my first ever pole in the championship. I just went out there, found some space and managed to put in some good laps. The guys at 20Ten Racing have helped in giving me a great car so the credit goes to them too.”

A wet track made for tricky conditions in the opening race of the weekend, and the Edmunson Electrical, Impey & Stilp Property Services-backed driver suffered in the slippery weather as a slow start saw him slip down to seventh. Nevertheless, the 19-year-old kept a cool head to work his way up to fifth as the rain started to fall again.

He said afterwards: “I had never done a start in the wet before so when the lights went out I just got wheel-spin before I eventually left my grid spot.

“I didn’t get frustrated and tried making up some places with some success, I was also half blind as the car was steaming up because of the tricky conditions so it was fun to race in, despite the finishing position.”

The second and final race of the weekend took place in sunnier conditions, but the track was still damp off the line.

This time Stilp got away cleanly, but the youngster’s steering was then dislodged after contact from Mike Bushell, sending him backwards into the field of the oncoming Clios.

The Potterspury man fought back, though, and was involved in an engrossing 16-lap battle with Paul Rivett as the pair fought for fifth place. The duo crossed the line together with Rivett taking fifth, while Jordan took sixth and also set the fastest lap time of the entire field.

Reflecting on his weekend, Stilp said: “It’s a shame I didn’t get the podium but I can’t complain with the pace of the car.

“My time will come and hopefully at Thruxton in May I can go a few better and turn a pole into a podium finish.”