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MELKSHAM racing driver Jake Honour made a sensational start to the 2014 Michelin Clio Cup Road Series season at Rockingham over the weekend of 5th/6th April, by converting a double pole position into two excellent race wins.
After leading the way in qualifying on Saturday, the privateer entrant – who races with engineering assistance from Jade Developments – never looked under threat in round one on Sunday morning and built a cushion of 2.5 seconds. Although rival Anton Spires (Milton Keynes) closed in towards the finish, Jake opened his 2014 account in style with a terrific victory.
Round two proved to be harder work when light rainfall mid-race resulted in grip issues, but Jake wasn’t to be denied his second win of the weekend and he also posted the fastest lap. He ended the event with an eight point lead in the standings.
Jake said, “I couldn’t have hoped for a better weekend, two race wins and two pole positions.
“It wasn’t easy, the Safety Car came out in the first race and there were a lot of collisions which we had to avoid. Race two started dry but then it began to rain, I lost a lot of grip and Anton was chasing me really hard – I had to really drive to keep Anton back.”
Oulton Park in Cheshire will host rounds three and four of the Michelin Clio Cup Race Series and Road Series on Saturday, 17th May. Along with headline sponsors Michelin and Protyre, the Clio Cup Series is additionally supported by Ferodo and Safety Devices. The Michelin Clio Cup Road Series is also backed by DNA Tuning.
Provisional 2014 Michelin Clio Cup Road Series Driver Standings (after Rd2): 1st Jake Honour, 66pts; 2nd Anton Spires, 58pts; 3rd Nic Harrison, 50pts.
Images of Jake Honour – courtesy of Jakob Ebrey Photography