Stilp does the double at Croft

Jordan Stilp on the podium at Croft. Pic: Jakob Ebrey

Jordan Stilp on the podium at Croft. Pic: Jakob Ebrey

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Jordan Stilp finally got his first podium in the Renault UK Clio Cup, and it came courtesy of his first win in the series too.

Stilp was on top form at Croft, and got his weekend off to a spectacular start, landing double pole position for rounds 9 and 10 of the season.

The 20Ten Racing Driver was at the sharp end throughout the 30 minute qualifying set the fastest lap of 1m32.196 seconds, and second best time of 1m32.427 putting him on double pole.

“It’s great,” said an elated Stilp. “Getting both poles is a great way to thank everyone at 20Ten Racing for all their hard work, it’s been a long time coming.”

Leading from lights to flag after making a great start, Stilp was never threatened over the 12 laps taking an outright win of the first race of the day - his first win since being promoted to the series.

Stilp stamped his authority at the front on the opening lap to build a strong advantage over chaser Ash Hand.

After running wide into the complex towards the end of the first lap his lead was reduced, but he was able to stay off the grass and within the confines of the track.

After that, he kept his concentration and went on to win by 1.2 seconds.

Hot on the heels of an impressive lights to flag success during round 9 earlier in the day.

Stilp delivered a crushing performance in the weekend’s second race and claimed the win by an huge 6.7 seconds - a massive margin by Clio Cup standards.

Stilp held the inside line for Clevaux and stormed into a lead of almost two seconds over the opening 2.12 miles alone and more than three seconds clear into lap three.

Stilp also set the fastest lap time again of 1m33.629 seconds, taking him over the finish line for the second win of the day, completing a magnificent double.

And by completing the hat-trick - pole, win and fastest lap - Stilp climbed to third in the overall standings.

He said: “It’s been a great weekend, I couldn’t have asked for more.

“Winning the first race was unbelievable and then to go on and win the second, well it’s a massive bonus.”

The next round takes place at Snetterton at the start of August.