Stilp overcomes poor qualifying to record to two top seven finishes

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Potterspury’s Jordan Stilp recorded two top seven finishes in rounds five and six of the Clio Cup at the UK’s fastest race circuit, Thruxton.

The 20Ten Racing driver struggled for pace in qualifying due to the absence of team-mate, Craig Milner, as the youngster lined up 11th on the grid for both races.

Things improved in the first race, with Stilp making a good start to climb to eighth place after the opening laps.

The 19-year-old was tight on the tail of Devon Modell and managed to put in the quickest lap before attempting a move on Modell and had lined him up for the overtake, but Paul Rivett broke down on the pit straight and hindered the move, which put Stilp back again fighting for the opportunity to take Modell’s place, tight blocking resulted in seventh place finish for the Potterspury man.

Round six of the weekend again saw Stilp make a good start off the line from the back of the field as he worked his way up to eighth place after the first lap and following a gripping battle, finished sixth, earning him a valuable 18 championship points.

Leaving Thruxton, the youngster now sits seventh in the drivers’ championship out of 13 drivers, 56 points behind leader Josh Cook.

Stilp said afterwards: “I always knew this circuit was going to be tough, but we gave a good showing and the car felt better and better after each lap.

“Considering we were two seconds off the pace in qualifying, to being right up there, it was a great improvement.”

The Clio Cup continues at Oulton Park in Cheshire on June 7 and 8. Looking ahead, Stilp added: “I’m now looking forward to a few of my favourite circuits like Oulton Park and Knockhill, so I’ll be knocking on that podium door with any luck.”