Spires wins for fifth time

Anton Spires
Anton Spires

Anton Spires continued to streak ahead of the pack at Brands Hatch, adding another win and a podium finish to his successful season so far.

Spires qualified on pole for rounds seven and eight of the Michelin Clio Cup campaign, and although slipping to third place at the beginning of the opening race on Saturday, he hit back with some impressive driving.

Following an intriguing cat and mouse battle with Nic Harrison, Spires moved through to second and after reeling off some searing laps – including the fastest of the race – he caught Luke Pinder and took the lead on lap 11 at McLaren.

He eventually took the chequered flag four laps later almost two seconds to the good.

“I was a bit annoyed to fall to third at the start, but I kept my cool and found places where I could overtake”, explained Spires.

“After I passed Nic [Harrison] I didn’t expect to catch Luke [Pinder] as quickly as I did, but the car was really consistent – Westbourne put together a really great car.”

In Sunday’s eighth round, Spires had to settle for third place behind Pinder and Harrison after problems with his race-converted Clio Renaultsport 197 roadcar developed during the race – an issue with his steering compounded with a loss of fourth gear late on.

Spires rounded out the weekend with an 87 point lead in the championship and maintains his 100 percent podium finishing record for 2014, eight from eight races including five wins.