Herbert has an impressive opening weekend

Luke Herbert (centre) celebrates a first place finish at Rockingham

Luke Herbert (centre) celebrates a first place finish at Rockingham

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CHICHESTER racing driver Luke Herbert holds an impressive 22-point lead at the top of the Michelin Clio Cup Race Series standings following the season-opening event at Rockingham last weekend.

Herbert had an impressive race meet as he claimed two victories and a runners-up spot in his three races.

Although missing out on pole position for round one to Westbourne Motorsport team-mate Sam Randon, Herbert inherited the race lead midway through the first lap when the pole-starter slid wide on fluid at the exit of Pif Paf.

Thereafter, the Chichester talent controlled the action at the front to win by four seconds.

In round two on Sunday morning, Westbourne celebrated an excellent one-two finish with Herbert heading home Randon in a thrilling race.

The team-mates managed to leapfrog pole qualifier Brett Lidsey off the line and as the cars headed for the infield, Herbert managed to edge ahead of Randon to take the lead.

While Herbert initially pulled away, Randon hit back when he got into his stride from lap three.

In round three, Herbert led from pole position but on the final lap Streather managed to nose ahead into Deene Hairpin to nudge the West Sussex racer to second.

Speaking on what proved to be an impressive weekend for the Chichester racer.

He said: “It’s a great start to the season, two wins and another podium is fantastic and really good to have a Westbourne one-two with Sam in the second race. “We’re really pleased to be leading the championship, that’s what we aimed to do, and hopefully we can carry this on at Thruxton.”

There is now a lengthy break of roughly two months in the Michelin Clio Cup Race Series and Road Series calendar until rounds four and five take place at Thruxton in Hampshire in June.

Along with headline sponsors Michelin and Protyre, the Clio Cup Series is additionally supported by Ferodo and Safety Devices.

Additional support is also supplied for the Road Series from Monster Sport Europe.