VICTORIES AT OULTON PARK FOR DORLIN & COATES AS THEY HEAD HOME TO CROFT CIRCUIT

James Dorlin (Barnsley) and Max Coates (Scorton) shared the wins in the weekend’s two hotly contested Renault UK Clio Cup rounds at Oulton Park in Cheshire and lead the championship as the title race now heads to their home circuit of Croft in North Yorkshire (Sat 23/Sun 24 June).

Westbourne Motorsport driver Dorlin achieved his fifth win in a row when he crossed the line some five seconds clear of the rest in Oulton Park’s opening race, held on Saturday. Second and third were WDE Motorsport’s Paul Rivett (Epsom Downs) and Team Pyro’s Coates.

However any hopes Dorlin had of equalling Jonathan Adam’s 2005 record of six consecutive victories in Sunday’s second race were dashed at the start…

Live on ITV4, Coates nosed ahead of him at the start and would stay there to the chequered flag. Rivett also passed Dorlin to take his second runners-up spot of the weekend.

Dorlin was able to hold off the Pyro car of the looming Bradley Burns (Farnham) to hold on to third but it meant his championship lead over fellow Yorkshireman Coates had been cut back down to just four points. Rivett is only a further eight points adrift of Coates in third with a maximum of 56 up for grabs when they arrive at Croft…

There were some stand-out performances elsewhere in the order at Oulton Park. WDE’s Dan Zelos (Dereham) once more qualified high up for both races while team-mate Lee Pattison (Halifax) bounced back from a sizeable accident in the previous round at Thruxton to show strongly all weekend in his freshly rebuilt car.

There were also cheers for Luke Warr (Sudbury) and his small BLG Racing team who scored their first points in the Clio Cup.

Meanwhile Pyro continues to lead the Entrants Trophy ahead of WDE and Westbourne as does 16-year-old Burns the Graduates Cup standings for young drivers.

Leading championship points: 1, James Dorlin, 164; 2, Max Coates, 160; 3, Paul Rivett, 152; 4, Daniel Rowbottom, 102; 5, Jack McCarthy, 100; 6, Bradley Burns, 94 etc. CLICK HERE for full points.

CLICK HERE for full race reports from Oulton Park.

CLICK HERE for full race results from Oulton Park.

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