Calm Cliffe continues charge

Form man Tristan Cliffe leapfrogged the luckless Alex Craven into second place in the championship standings at round six at Silverstone by overcoming a faster front row starter twice to take both wins home to Norfolk.

Form man Tristan Cliffe leapfrogged the luckless Alex Craven into second place in the championship standings at round six at Silverstone by overcoming a faster front row starter twice to take both wins home to Norfolk.

That second win of the weekend from pole means Cliffe has won each of the last four races and four from his last five, but Alice Powell made sure he had to work hard for the wins.

"It was tough. Alice got a much better start; she said she bogged down as well so my start must have been pretty poor. She led through the first corner and then Maggotts and Becketts was when I knew I was quicker than her, or at least through that section. I didn't manage to make a move stick on the first lap and then on the second Alex Craven got quite close to me and tried to go up the inside of me into Abbey. He left it too late to back out of the move so he ended up losing quite a bit of time by jumping on the brakes. That meant I could concentrate on Alice." he said.

And concentrate on Alice he did. A bold move around the outside of Stowe followed some tough defence from Powell.

"I got a good run out of Maggotts and Becketts onto the Hangar Straight and slipstreamed her, she defended to the inside and we went round the outside three inches apart. I didn't quite make it stick in that one corner so we had to fight it out into Vale and Club but I got ahead."

The dry weather of Silverstone allowed Cliffe to show off his one lap pace and take home another IWI Watches Fastest Lap Award. It secured his fourth IWI Watches Fastest Lap Award in a row, twice as many now as Alice Powell.

His thoughts are also on the main championship and retaining his Cup crown. But he knows to do so he will need to call in a few favours from some of his rivals.

"Alex's non-finish is great for me as that moves me ahead of him. I scored 30 points, and I was 29 behind Alice before dropped scores, 16 after. Now I'm 26 behind her so I'm probably now ahead of Alex now. The worst thing that can happen to us is a non-finish."

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