JAMES DORLIN (BARNSLEY) MADE IT FOUR WINS IN A ROW WITH ANOTHER PAIR OF VICTORIES

James Dorlin (Barnsley) made it four wins in a row with another pair of victories in the Renault UK Clio Cup’s latest rounds – held at the high speed Thruxton circuit in Hampshire in front of a huge trackside crowd and live ITV4 cameras.

Dorlin was one of three drivers to lead the first of the two races. Initially it was Team Pyro’s Max Coates from pole position in front before his team-mate Daniel Rowbottom (Kidderminster) took over.

Westbourne Motorsport’s Dorlin was not to be denied though and took control with a brave 120mph around-the-outside move on Rowbottom. From there he was able to hold on for the win just ahead of Coates who also found a way by Rowbottom who took third.

Race two saw Dorlin lead all the way after he got the drop on WDE Motorsport’s Paul Rivett at the start. Rivett took second, the three-time Champion spending the race dealing with pressure from Coates in third and the ever-present Rowbottom in fourth.

Dorlin’s victories follow his two wins last time out at Donington Park and have taken the 19-year-old past Coates into the championship lead. Four points separate them heading to the Clio Cup’s next two rounds at Cheshire’s spectacular Oulton Park circuit next month.

Meanwhile there some inspired drivers elsewhere during the weekend. WDE’s Lee Pattison charged from tenth on the grid to finish fifth in race one. In the same race MRM’s Jade Edwards achieved her best result to date with seventh after qualifying a highest ever eighth on the grid.

Elsewhere, honours in the Graduates Cup for younger drivers in their first full season in the Clio Cup were shared at Thruxton between 16-year-old Team Pyro team-mates Zak Fulk (Guildford) and Bradley Burns (Farnham) who leads the standings in the class.

Pyro has extended its lead in the Entrants Trophy while Dorlin’s results have helped Westbourne close in on WDE for second place.

In memory of Roy Fewkes

During the course of the Thruxton weekend all Clio Cup cars sported a logo in memory of Roy Fewkes who passed away last Friday (11 May). From the late Eighties to the early Noughties, Roy served as Technical Commissioner for Renault Sport’s highly successful motor racing championships in the UK which included 5 GT Turbos, the inaugural Clio Cup (1992-95), Spider sports cars (1996-99), the return of the Clio Cup in 2000 plus its 1.6 and 2.0 Formula Renault single-seater categories.

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