Stilp misses out on maiden podium

Jordan Stilp
Jordan Stilp

Jordan Stilp put in a good showing at Donington Park over the Easter weekend in rounds 3 and 4 of the Renault Clio Cup UK, finishing with a brace of top 6 finishes.

After two days of testing and optimising the car setup, Jordan went out and put in his best qualifying session in the Championship to date by qualifying third for race 1, while taking pole position in the second race.

“It felt great to get my first ever pole in the championship,” claimed Stilp.

“I just went out there, found some space and manage to put in some good laps, the guys at 20Ten Racing have helped in giving me a great car to drive so the credit goes to them too.”

The first race of the weekend took place in tricky conditions, with rain earlier in the day was beginning to dry out as the cars took to the starting grid.

The Edmunson Electrical, Impey & Stilp Property Services backed driver who’s sponsors had made it down for the race this weekend unfortunately did not get off the line well because of the wet conditions and he was pushed down the pack to seventh place.

Nevertheless Jordan kept it together and worked his way up to fifth place as the rain started to come down again.

“I had never done a start in the wet before.” said Jordan after the first race.

“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 pretty damp off-line.

This time Stilp got away cleanly from pole, but Mike Bushell collided with him almost instantly, eliminating before the first turn, and dislodging Jordan’s steering, which sent him backwards into the field of the oncoming Clios.

Jordan reclaimed himself and was back on the tail of Paul Rivett where the pair endured a fantastic 16 laps of fighting for fifth position.

Jordan and Rivett came over the line together with Rivett taking fifth Jordan finished sixth and also secured the fastest lap time of the entire field.

Reflecting on his weekend, Jordan was content with the pole in qualifying and the fastest lap in race 2 and hopes to achieve his maiden podium next time out at Thruxton in May.

“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 I can go a few better and turn a pole into a podium finish.”