Solid Stilp picks up Thruxton points

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Jordan Stilp secured sixth and seventh place finishes rounds 5 and 6 of the Clio Cup at the UK’s fastest race circuit of Thruxton.

With lady luck not on his side at the previous round in Donington, Stilp was keen to get his maiden podium in the series, but was left to rue a difficult qualifying session.

Without 20Ten team-mate Craig Milner, who was absent from the weekend, to help him get a slip-stream around the lap, Stilp found himself down in 11th on the grid.

He got a good start and was up to eighth place after the opening laps of race 1. He was tight on the tail of Modell and put in the fastest lap.

He tried to make a move on Modell and had lined him up for the overtake but unfortunately Rivett had broken down on the pit straight and he couldn’t complete the move with yellow flags.

In the end, he had to settle for a seventh place finish.

In Race 2, Stilp got another good launch off the line from the back of the field and again was up to eighth place after the first lap.

And after a fantastic battle in the midfield, he came home sixth, earning him some valuable points.

Leaving Thruxton, Stilp is seventh in the championship, 56 points behind leader Josh Cook.

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

“After being two seconds off the pace in qualifying, to be right up there is a great improvement.

“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.”