MICHELIN CLIO CUP SERIES CHAMPION2016
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SVR has reinforced its commitment to nurturing skilled young drivers, as 14-year old James Dorlin steps onto the first rung of the team’s ‘stairway of talent’ in the Junior Saloon Car Championship (JSCC).
Dorlin made his car racing debut in 2013, entering what was formerly the SAXMAX Championship following a prolific Karting career spanning three and a half years.
The Barnsley-based youngster made an instant impression in the entry-level ‘tin-top’ series for budding touring car racers by going on to finish runner-up in the final championship standings during a sensational rookie year.
Dorlin’s results and mature head grabbed the attention of SVR Director, Danny Buxton, who will act as his mentor for the duration of his 2014 campaign in the newly-renamed JSCC under the SVR umbrella.
Former Clio Cup Champion and British Touring Car racer, Buxton, will impart his wealth of knowledge and experience to forward 14-year old Dorlin’s burgeoning career, potentially moving up within SVR’s ranks and into such arenas as the Michelin Clio Cup Series and Britain’s premier one-make saloon car championship, the Renault UK Clio Cup.
“I see an association with Danny (Buxton) and SVR as a key step in my career development, as he has a great reputation in motorsport and his track record in the BTCC and the Clio Cup as both a driver and Team Director, demonstrates that he clearly knows what he’s talking about,” said Dorlin. “He runs a very successful team and knows the ins and outs of the sport both on and off the track and that will hopefully help me head towards my ultimate ambition of making a career out of motorsport as a professional racing driver.
“I’m about to enter my second year in the JSCC and, having come second in the championship, I can only target the 2014 title. The success I achieved last year took me by surprise and I definitely underestimated my potential – it massively surpassed my expectations. The main thing is getting experience and, looking back on 2013, I know I could have been better in various aspects. However, I’m more experienced and confident in the car than ever, so there’s no reason why I can’t win the championship.”
SV Racing Director, Danny Buxton, added: “To win races at the age of 14 in a super-competitive series like the JSCC is no mean feat. It’s extremely difficult and what I’ve witnessed from James (Dorlin) has impressed me greatly. I see the way he is on circuit – he’s very laid back, everything comes at his own pace and he doesn’t get flustered – and I believe he can go all the way. He’s calm, smooth and calculated for his age and he’s super-quick to boot, so it will be a privilege to guide him through his career and ensure he makes the right steps moving forwards.
“He’s learning all of the time and, while he follows our development programme, his skill set with his long-standing coach, Howard Hunt, is really starting to produce results.”
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SVR has reinforced its commitment to nurturing skilled young drivers by signing 14-year old James Dorlin onto the first rung of its ‘stairway to talent’ in the Junior Saloon Car Championship (JSCC). Following a prolific Karting career spanning three and a half years, Dorlin made his car racing debut in 2013, finishing runner-up in what was formally known as the SAXMAX Championship. “I’m about to enter my second year in the JSCC and, having come second in the championship, I can only target the 2014 title. The success I achieved last year took me by surprise and I definitely underestimated my potential – it massively surpassed my expectations. The main thing is getting experience and, looking back on 2013, I know I could have been better in various aspects. However, I’m more experienced and confident in the car than ever, so there’s no reason why I can’t win the championship.”
James Dorlin swept all before him in the opening round of the Junior Saloon Car Championship (JSCC) at Rockingham Motor Speedway (5-6 April).
Dorlin set the pace in free practice and comfortably took his Citroen Saxo VTR to pole position for both races with almost half a second in hand over his nearest challengers, Charlie Kennedy and Tom Stockton.
In a stunning display, Dorlin raced to an untroubled victory in the weekend’s opening JSCC encounter and crossed the line a full 12 seconds ahead of the pack in Round 2, having lost the early initiative to the talented Stockton.
SV Racing’s James Dorlin is aiming to consolidate his Junior Saloon Car Championship lead with two more race wins when the series resumes at Anglesey Circuit this weekend (26-27 April).
The JSCC was derived to bridge the gap between Karting and car racing for drivers aged 14-17 and the 2014 calendar consists of 14 races at seven of the UK’s most famous motor racing circuits, with Anglesey Circuit the host venue for Rounds 3 and 4 of the championship.
The young Barnsley racer proved to be the class of the JSCC field in the opening round of the 2014 season at Rockingham Motor Speedway three weeks ago, setting the pace in free practice and grabbing pole position for both races by a sizeable margin, before dashing to a brace of untroubled race wins. This was followed by a test at Anglesey, during which Dorlin reacquainted himself with the picturesque circuit and attempted to find lap time with the intention of bettering the second place he achieved on his previous visit to the Welsh track in 2013.
SV Racing’s Barnsley-based young gun, James Dorlin, consolidated his Junior Saloon Car Championship (JSCC) lead with a third consecutive race win and a hard-fought fifth place on the scenic Anglesey Circuit (26-27 April).
Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2014 JSCC season were held on Anglesey’s 2.1mile International GP layout and Dorlin continued to light up the timing screens, topping the leaderboard in free practice and sealing pole position for the first of two races at the Welsh venue by more than eight tenths of a second.
Dorlin led Round 3 from lights-to-flag and kept his cool while under unrelenting pressure from Ben Mills, recording the fastest lap (1m53.907s) to stretch out an advantage of 3.376s at the finish and continue an unbroken run of three race wins in 2014. A driveshaft issue prevented 15-year old Dorlin from taking pole for Round 4 and the SVR contender was muscled out of fourth position and to the rear of the field on the typically frantic opening lap. However, a remarkable recovery saw the determined Barnsley youngster surge from 14th to fifth place during the nine-lap contest, a fraught tussle with JSCC newcomer, Alex Day, a particular highlight.
Podium finishes are top of SV Racing’s agenda when the 2014 Junior Saloon Car Championship (JSCC) resume at Cheshire’s picturesque and undulating Oulton Park circuit on Saturday (17 May).
James Dorlin has been dominant in the opening two rounds of the 2014 JSCC, taking his Citroen Saxo VTR to three consecutive race wins at Rockingham and Anglesey Circuit and consolidating his championship lead with a hard-earned fifth place.
Two successive driveshaft failures and a clutch issue curtailed his running during a pre-event reconnaissance day at Oulton Park on Monday (13 May), but the 15-year old reported a notable improvement in pace compared with his previous outing at the Cheshire-based circuit and is targeting strong points finishes to bolster his title bid further.
James said: “I’m already familiar with Oulton Park, having raced there before, so Monday’s (13 May) test was simply about relearning the circuit and finding more speed. I had a couple of driveshaft failures and a clutch problem and that hampered progress a bit, although I think I’m in good shape to take more strong points that will consolidate my championship position. It’s always good to win races, but I think I just need to play the long game and concentrate on preserving my points advantage at this stage of the season.“
SV Racing Director, Danny Buxton, said: “I’m hoping James can continue his winning trend from the last couple of rounds, extending his lead over the rest of the field in the standings. I think two wins are possible, but podium finishes would tick the boxes and I think he’ll be very fast and the circuit will suit his ‘grab it by the scruff of the neck’ driving style. Raw ability always comes to the fore at Oulton Park.”
SV Racing once again frequented the Junior Saloon Car Championship (JSCC) podium at Oulton Park on Saturday.
James Dorlin delighted SV Racing by extending his JSCC podium finishes streak and preserving his championship lead in the North West.
James overcame car gremlins to qualify third for both races and used a superb start to surge through the middle of Ben Mills and Ben Colburn on the run to Old Hall. James held the initiative for three quarters of the race, but a missed gear out of the Island Hairpin resulted in a loss of momentum that cost the 15-year old another win, although second place was well received. Overheating issues meant Dorlin was unable to make an impression on Mills and Colburn in race two, although the SVR young gun comfortably ran in third place to limit the damage to his championship lead. SV Racing Director, Danny Buxton, said: “James did exactly what he needed to do and overcame some car gremlins to maintain a healthy championship lead. His start in race one was spectacular, but a small error cost him the win. Second and third-place results are perfect and it’s quite an achievement considering he had to ease an overheating car home in race two.”
SV Racing has visions of scaling the winners’ rostrum when the highly competitive Junior Saloon Car Championship resume at the history-rich Donington Park circuit this weekend (31st -1st June 2014).
Following a two-week break, the Cheshire-based SVR outfit will be looking to build on a successful start to its 2014 JSCC campaign in the East Midlands this weekend.
James Dorlin continues to shine in the JSCC and has the sole objective of consolidating his championship lead by extending his race wins tally on the Derbyshire/Leicestershire border.
“I raced at Donington Park last year, but it didn’t go too well due to mechanical issues and I’m hoping this year will a different story,” said Dorlin. “I had a few technical gremlins at Oulton Park, but SV Racing and I have been working very hard on resolving those issues and I feel very confident in saying that the car is on song.
“We didn’t get the results we hoped for at Oulton Park, so this weekend I will be going all out for two race wins and the maximum amount of points on offer. Having won three races already, it gives me a huge boost going forwards, but it’s consistency that is going to win me the title.”
Dorlin has been joined at the foot of SVR’s rapidly expanding ‘stairway of talent’ by fellow JSCC frontrunner, Tom Stockton, who has also been a regular feature on the podium in 2014.
The 15-year old hotshot will benefit from coaching from SVR Director, Danny Buxton, as well as backing from the leading SVR team and will subsequently be disappointed not to achieve a brace of top three results at Donngton Park.
“I’ve had a pretty strong start to the 2014 season and I’ve been on the podium quite a few times already,” said Stockton. “I’m looking forward to achieving more top-three finishes at Donington Park this weekend, as it’s a circuit I revel on and I hope SVR’s knowledge and experience will help me move forwards. I really enjoy Donington’s fast, flowing nature and two podiums would be perfect, although you can’t help it if somebody tries going through you.”
SV Racing’s James Dorlin achieved a sensational ‘Triple Crown’ – pole position and two race wins – in the Junior Saloon Car Championship (JSCC) at Donington Park.
Dorlin has already proven to be a worthy addition to SVR’s ‘stairway of talent’ having established himself as the dominant force in the opening four rounds of the 2014 JSCC season.
Having experienced technical gremlins last time out at Oulton Park, Dorlin tightened his stranglehold of the championship lead by locking out pole position with a lap of 1m 29.126s and taking two more race wins at the historic Donington Park circuit on the Derbyshire/Leicestershire border.
The 15-year old has featured on the winners’ rostrum on all but one occasion this season and led every single lap of the weekend in the East Midlands to boost his rapidly-expanding trophy cabinet and extend his championship advantage over Ben Colburn to 21 points.
“It was the perfect weekend and I couldn’t have asked for more,” said an overwhelmed Dorlin. “To qualify on pole and follow that up with back-to-back, lights-to-flag victories is fantastic! I’ve now won five of eight races, which gives me a huge confidence boost, but it’s now a case of maintaining that championship lead.
“Ayrton Senna famously said, 'when you’re out in front you become most vulnerable,' and it’s a saying that I strongly believe. When you’re out front on your own it’s very easy to make mistakes and be picked off, so you’ve got to keep your head down and set consistent lap times to try and build the gap to the second-placed driver, which I did all weekend.”
Following a prolonged summer break, the Cheshire-based SVR outfit will be looking to build on a positive start to its 2014 JSCC campaign at Brands Hatch, a much-loved motorsport amphitheatre that combines fearsome corners, dips and cambers, and provides unrivalled views of the on-track action from various vantage points.
James Dorlin has established himself as a dominant force in the opening four rounds of the JSCC and leads the championship standings by over 20 points after achieving a sensational ‘Triple Crown’ – pole position and two race wins – at Donington Park in June.
Dorlin, 15, has stood on the podium in all but one race this season and will be looking to extend that trend when the series resumes at Brands Hatch after a seven-week summer break.
"Having been at the top of the standings since the first meeting, it puts a lot of pressure on me to perform during each weekend, but I can handle it," said Dorlin. "I go all out for the win at every event, and this weekend will be no different. Having won five of the eight races this season, I will be looking to maintain that streak at a circuit that is special to me, as it is where I won my first ever car race".
"I’ve been going over a lot of in-car footage since the last meeting, but also had a couple of weeks off to regroup and re-focus my mind. SVR and I have made a few changes to the car to resolve a slight power issue I suffered with at Oulton Park, but we won’t know if they are positive until testing begins at Brands Hatch on Friday."
SV Racing take many positives away from Brands Hatch following a successful outing in the Junior Saloon Car Championship.
James Dorlin and Tom Stockton continued to impress during free practice in the Junior Saloon Car Championship, before positioning themselves fifth and eighth respectively in Saturday’s qualifying.
As the 14-car grid lined-up in their respective positions, Dorlin bolted off the line, and by the close of the opening tour, was battling with main title protagonist, Ben Colburn.
The duo ran nose-to-tail for much of the 15-lap contest, producing some great on-track action, but it was Dorlin who able to hold his nerve to cross the line three tenths ahead of his rival to extend his podium streak to five.
Race two was a different affair, as having started fourth, the 15-year old was unable to challenge for a sixth consecutive podium after making an error at Clearways, which demoted him three places before crossing the line fifth, with Stockton two places behind in seventh.
Having led the drivers’ standings since the opening round at Rockingham in April, Dorlin once again leaves an event with his name cemented to the top of the table as the series enters its final two rounds.
"Overall, it was another good weekend for myself and the team," said Dorlin. "Race one was really good. Having started fifth and not feeling particularly well health wise, to finish second ahead of my championship rivals was great. Race two didn’t go quite as planned. I got a good start, but going into Clearways I made a slight mistake and lost three places, which I was unable to make up, but to finish fifth and take a handful of points is something I can’t be too upset about".
"Now it’s a case of making sure we don’t do anything silly and maintain our lead at the top of the drivers’ standings, which is now 19 points. We’ve also got to keep an eye on the dropped rounds, as we don’t want to drop too many points that could potentially land us in trouble."
SV Racing (SVR) is confident of a strong showing in Rounds 11 and 12 on the Snetterton ‘300’ circuit.
Title glory is on James Dorlin’s radar, as the youngster enters the penultimate round of the JSCC at Snetterton with a 19-point cushion over main championship rival Ben Colburn.
Illness and mechanical troubles forced the 15-year old into damage limitation mode at Oulton Park and Brands Hatch recently, and Dorlin is hungry to return to his customary position on the top step of the podium this weekend at Snetterton, to at least bolster his points advantage ahead of Croft Circuit’s much-anticipated season finale (20-21 September).
"I have a 19-point lead in the championship but, with 25 points for a win, one DNF could spoil it for us,” said Dorlin. “I’m going into the weekend with high hopes and I really hope to be back on top after suffering mechanical issues and not being on form last time out at Brands Hatch. I think we have everything sorted now and it’s no longer about damage limitation. I’d love to win again, especially as the meeting will be broadcast on television, and I’m quite confident that I have a good feel for the Snetterton ‘300’ circuit, having spent a decent day of testing there with my driver coach about three weeks ago."
SV Racing (SVR) is confident of a strong showing in Rounds 11 and 12 on the Snetterton ‘300’ circuit.
James Dorlin returned to the top step of the podium in the latest round of the JSCC at Norfolk’s Snetterton ‘300’ circuit, crucially maintaining his points advantage as the season reaches its nail-biting conclusion.
The JSCC yet again produced action-packed racing and title contender Dorlin] inherited a win when Alex Day was disqualified for a technical infringement.
Victory bolstered his championship standing over chief threat Ben Colburn and, while he was only able to muster a sixth-place result in race two, Dorlin goes into Croft Circuit’s season finale (20-21 September) satisfied with his points cushion.
“It was a bit of a relief to be back on the top step of the podium but, while I wasn’t the quickest, I had good pace and consistency all weekend and that’s all I really need at this stage of the season,” said Dorlin. “I wasn’t too happy with sixth, but I still bagged good points and I’m all set for Croft, with a strong 16-point advantage over Ben Colburn. I have to keep my head down and ensure I don’t get a DNF. It’s just a case of reaching the finish.”
SV Racing Director, Danny Buxton, said: “James (Dorlin) deserved to win the first race. He didn’t have the pace of the leaders, but drove really well and brought the car home in both races. Sixth is also a strong finish considering his championship position and gives him a comfortable margin going to Croft.
Croft, a charming 2.25mile motorsport venue in the North East of England, encompassing a heady mix of corners to test the mettle of even the most adaptable of drivers, as high-speed, high-adrenaline changes of direction like the Jim Clark Esses and Barcroft contrast a tight, technical Complex and final Hairpin.
Barnsley's Dorlin has led the Drivers’ standings since the very first round of the season and is on the verge of being crowned the 2014 junior Saloon Car Champion at a circuit that holds particularly special memories for him, as it was at Croft that he scored his first ever podium on his car racing debut, just days after his 14th birthday.
Having stood on the podium nine times already this year – six in celebration of race wins – Dorlin has a slender 15-point cushion over main title protagonist, Ben Colburn, and heads to the North Yorkshire venue confident he can keep his head down to claim the 2014 crown.
“We’re heading into this weekend looking at the bigger picture of the championship,” said Dorlin. “The first race is going to be the championship decider for me, so I’ve got to make sure I negotiate the first lap and avoid any contact in order to bag as many points as possible to potentially wrap up the championship, which will then mean I can have some fun in race two.
“This season has been great, and to have led the Drivers’ standings from the start, has exceeded all my expectations. We had some troubles along the way, but my association with the SV Racing team has been hugely beneficial to me this season, as I have ben given great tips and advice that help me extract the very best from myself and the car, so I would like to reward them by bringing home the title.”
Qualifying for the final two rounds of the Junior Saloon Car Championship (JSCC) is scheduled to get underway at 12.05 on Saturday (20 September), and will be followed by Round 13 at 17.05. Round 14 at 15.25 on Sunday (21 September) will conclude the 2014 season.
In a testament to the effectiveness of SV Racing’s ‘stairway of talent’ and his own natural flair behind the wheel, an elated James Dorlin capped off a sensational season with a pair of commanding race wins to leave Croft Circuit (20-21 September) as the 2014 Junior Saloon Car Champion.
Barnsley’s Dorlin made an instant impact on his car racing debut in the 2013 Junior Saloon Car Championship (JSCC) by going on to finish runner-up at the end of a remarkable rookie season.
However, with mentoring from SV Racing Director, Danny Buxton, under the team’s ‘stairway of talent’, 14-year old Dorlin emerged as the class of the JSCC field and used his mature head and driving skill to conquer the entry-level ‘tin-top’ series for budding touring car racers, achieving several race wins, podium finishes, pole positions and fastest laps en route to the 2014 title.
Two victories at Croft Circuit’s season finale (20-21 September) didn’t come easy for the title favourite, as damp but drying conditions made the going tough and left him languishing in the midfield after qualifying.
Nevertheless, Dorlin remained focused on the end game and deployed two superb starts and a series of well-executed overtakes, resolutely setting fastest laps to gap the rest of the field on his way to a brace of well-deserved wins and the championship title.
“It’s starting to sink in, but it’s been quite funny going back to normality at school after spending Sunday (21 September) spraying champagne in celebration of race and championship wins,” said Dorlin. “I went out for qualifying expecting the track to dry out, but the conditions worsened and our dry setup didn’t allow me to put a competitive time in. It would have been a lot worse and, while it made the races more difficult, they couldn’t have gone any better for me! I knew I had to do the best I could and I got good starts that even took me by surprise and was soon in the lead. I pretty much had the championship sewn up after race one and it was nice to go out for the second race without any pressure and have a bit of fun.
“I have already started thinking about the next step and my aim is to enter the Michelin Clio Cup ‘Race Series’ in 2015 providing we can raise enough sponsorship, as I see that as good progression from the Junior Saloon Car Championship. I’d like to have a good go at that and continue this winning trend and, as it has been so great working with Danny (Buxton) and the SV Racing guys – a title win suggests we’re doing something right – I hope to stay with them.”
Reigning Junior Saloon Car Champion James Dorlin will make the step-up into the popular Michelin Clio Cup Race Series this year after today, Monday, 23rd February, confirming a deal with leading squad Westbourne Motorsport – boosting the team’s entry in the headline class to three cars.
Barnsley-based Dorlin, who enjoyed a prize test last November in one of Westbourne’s Race Series Clios as a reward for winning the JSCC title, has committed to the full 2015 campaign with the West Sussex outfit. With his 16th birthday falling a week after the season opening event at Rockingham, though, he will have to forego the first three races of the 13-round championship due to the minimum age limit.
Dorlin will, therefore, make his competitive Michelin Clio Cup Race Series debut at the demanding Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire on 13th/14th June, where he tested a normally aspirated 2.0-litre third generation Clio Cup racecar last week alongside respected driver coach Ed Pead.
“I am really pleased to be part of the Westbourne team for my move into the Race Series, it’s a big step up from the JSCC but one I am committed to and greatly looking forward to”, said Dorlin, “I am sure with the help of Richard [Colburn – Westbourne team principal] and all the guys in the team we can do well this season.
“It is disappointing that I can’t race until the second meeting at Thruxton in mid-June, but we intend to test during the interim period and then aim to hit the ground running when my season gets properly underway.”
Joining experienced front-running Race Series drivers Luke Herbert (Chichester) and Sam Randon (Ashbourne) at Westbourne, Dorlin will also have the benefit of being part of one of the strongest line-ups on the 2015 grid when he makes his debut.
“James is great to work with”, commented Westbourne’s Richard Colburn, “He is very focused, listens well and is certainly a natural talent. He really impressed both Ed [Pead] and I with his ability to be on the pace so quickly – he is certainly one to watch this year. Although James will be a spectator at Rockingham, I am confident he will be a contender when his season starts at Thruxton.”
Becoming a race winner in the JSCC, then known as SaxMax, during his maiden season in 2013, Dorlin went on to end the campaign as Vice-Champion before going on to win eight of the 14 races last year en-route to an impressive championship victory.
Alongside its multi-car assault on the Michelin Clio Cup Race Series this year, Westbourne also intends to defend its title in the sister Road Series – for converted road-going Clio Renaultsport 197 roadcars – which the outfit dominated last year with eventual champion Anton Spires.
Rockingham International Super Sportscar Circuit in Northamptonshire will host the opening three rounds of the Michelin Clio Cup Race Series and Road Series on 11th/12th April.
Along with headline sponsors Michelin and Protyre, the Clio Cup Series is additionally supported by Ferodo and Safety Devices with further support for the Road Series from Monster Sport Europe.
Two highly-charged Michelin Clio Cup Race Series contests at Croft on Sunday, 12th July, delivered classic door handle-to-door handle action and much more besides with Intercity Racing’s Matt Allison (Norwich) and privateer Paul Streather (Hinckley) taking the wins in rounds six and seven.
Impressive Race Series rookie James Dorlin (Barnsley) starred at his ‘home’ track in round six with a stunning drive to third place, securing his maiden Clio Cup Series podium in only his third race in the ultra-competitive category for Westbourne.
Brands Hatch Indy Circuit provided two superb Michelin Clio Cup Race Series encounters over the weekend, 25th/26th July, with privateer driver Paul Streather (Hinckley) scorching to victories in rounds eight and nine of the season – helping him move to within just three points of championship leader Luke Herbert (Chichester) at the top of the table
Having qualified on pole position for both of the weekend’s races at the 1.2-mile Indy Circuit, Leicestershire-based privateer Streather certainly began the fourth race meeting of the season in perfect style and a faultless wet-weather drive in round nine on Sunday delivered a superb win.
Streather eventually won by five seconds from the increasingly impressive James Dorlin, the reigning Junior Saloon Car Champion achieving his best Clio Cup Series result yet with an excellent second place after a very well-judged drive from 10th on the grid.
Dorlin made the most of the lap six incident to climb into the top three and seized second place from Finesse Motorsport’s Andy Jordan (Bridgnorth) on lap 11. Jordan, who had fuel pump issues in race one of the weekend, suffered similar difficulties in round nine but he did manage to cling on to third despite major pressure late-on from Team Pyro’s star debutant Darren Johnson (Kidderminster).
Victory in round 11 of the Michelin Clio Cup Race Series at Oulton Park Island Circuit this afternoon, Saturday, 15th August, enabled Westbourne Motorsport's Luke Herbert (Chichester) to move one step closer to the 2015 title with just two races remaining this season..
Off the back of a great win from pole position earlier in the day during round 10, Herbert again saw off the challenge of chief rival Paul Streather (Hinckley) in race two of the weekend to pull 11 points clear at the top of the standings. Importantly though, with 'drop scores' taken in account, Herbert's cushion is a boosted 25 points.
James Dorlin (Barnsley) secured his third podium of the season after a monumental battle over the final spot on the rostrum, the Westbourne driver usurping Paint Perfect Motorsport’s Race Series debutant Anton Spires (Milton Keynes) on the final lap after a terrific multi-car scrap..
Finesse Motorsport’s Andy Jordan capped off the best weekend of his Michelin Clio Cup Race Series career during an entertaining final race of the season, seeing off championship top two Luke Herbert (Chichester) and Paul Streather (Hinckley) in the end to bag a stunning Silverstone double.
Lining-up on pole position for the second time this weekend, Jordan led away initially but a storming launch from Herbert – who wrapped-up the Race Series title on Saturday – enabled the Westbourne driver to brilliantly move ahead around the outside at Abbey from fourth on the grid. Leading from Jordan, Streather, Sam Randon (Ashbourne) and James Dorlin (Barnsley) early on, Herbert held the advantage until lap four when Jordan made his move at Stowe. ForRandon, though, an unfortunate spin led to a pit visit and he eventually finished the race in ninth position. With Randon’s removal from the equation, Dorlin assumed fourth place and he started to punch in fastest lap times with some very impressive driving. Posting the fastest of the race and a new lap record for Silverstone International of 1m15.340 seconds (88.44mph) on lap eight, Dorlin really made his mark.
Getting ahead of team-mate Herbert on lap seven, after the champion had already been usurped by Streather, Dorlin pressed on and set about trying to challenge Streather for second. As the Race Series leaders began to lap the Road Series contenders, the traffic worked perfectly for Jordan who was able to extend his lead from 0.6 seconds on lap 10 to 6.8 seconds at the flag on lap 16.
“My start wasn’t the best, Luke [Herbert] got a blinding start – as he always does – and then I just sat behind him as my rears just hadn’t come in”, said Jordan, “After that I started to put some pressure on and managed to do a move around Stowe, when Paul [Streather] got onto the back of him I was able to move away. The backmarkers timed perfectly for me – great way to end the year.”
The fantastic battle over the second and third steps on the podium wasn’t resolved until the end, after some tremendous place changing, with Streather taking the runner-up spot – his seventh podium of the year – ahead of Herbert, the latter reporting a misfirewhich pegged back his pace. Brett Lidsey (Gravesend) took the chequered flag in fourth position for 20Ten Racing with Dorlin fifth, after an unfortunate spin three laps from the conclusion, and Intercity Racing’s Matt Allison (Norwich) sixth.
Time penalties, a result of track limits infringements, were applied to both Lidsey and Allison though so Dorlin was classified fourth and Adam Hatfield (Cranworth) took a season-best fifth place for Team Pyro. Lidsey and Allison were sixth and seventh in the end, ahead of series returnee Charlie Fulk (Woking). Paint Perfect’s Anton Spires (Milton Keynes) retired with exhaust issues.
While the dramatic title battle unfolded, at the front a superb scrap between Finesse Motorsport’s Andy Jordan (Bridgnorth) and Westbourne’s James Dorlin (Barnsley) delivered one of the closest races of the season with Jordan managing to pip Dorlin to the win by 0.2 seconds with a mere 0.6 seconds separating the top four at the flag.
Having dominated qualifying with pole position for both of the weekend’s races, Jordan was edged back to second off the start after a tardy getaway but he hit back on lap two to re-pass Dorlin and then spent the remainder of the 16 lapper fending off the impressive 16-year-old. After a very mixed season, filled with misfortune, Jordan’s third career Race Series win proved popular in the paddock.
“It’s nice to finish off the year like this, it’s all come a bit late though –we’ve had a lot of bad luck, mistakes of my own too, so it is nice to get back on the top step of the podium”, said Jordan, “I’ve had the pace all year really, it’s just not worked out for us. It was a great battle with James [Dorlin] but towards the end my left-rear tyre went off completely – I just managed to hold it to the line.”
The fight over the top two positions wasn’t exclusively between Jordan and Dorlin with Randon and Herbert closing in during the latter stages. On the penultimate tour, Jordan did enjoy some breathing space as Dorlin fell into the clutches of his fellowWestbourne racers but it was Randon who fell victim to an attack from Herbert on the last lap at the final corner to miss the podium.
James Dorlin kicked off the 2016 Michelin Clio Cup Series in dominant fashion at Oulton Park this past weekend ~(19th March) with a stunning pole position and double victory performance.
Dorlin proved to be the class of the field during the opening round, converting pole position into a ten second victory around the Oulton Park Island circuit.The Westbourne Motorsport ace led the way in qualifying by half a second, and that dominance would continue in the race as a quick start saw him lead by two seconds by the end of the opening lap.
From there Dorlin could not be caught as he reeled off a number of new fastest laps during the twelve lap encounter, eventually taking the chequered flag 10.785 seconds clear of the field for his first win in the championship.
The Michelin Clio Cup Series roars back into life this weekend with the popular one-make tin-top championship descending on the infamous Rockingham Motor Speedway for rounds six and seven of 2016.
Thrilling fans at Oulton Park and Pembrey so far; the annual visit to Corby marks the third stop on the calendar and a crucial one for the title battle as the fight for superiority revs up further.
Heading into the event with a slender nine-point lead at the summit is Westbourne Motorsport’s James Dorlin. Three victories out of five races have proved to be the highlight thus far for the former JSCC competitor, although it is his consistency over a race weekend that sees him in the commanding position he currently finds himself in.
James Dorlin romped to a brace of wins in the latest rounds of the Michelin Clio Cup Series at Rockinghm this weekend (28-29 May) to further extend his championship points lead.
Entering rounds six and seven heading the standings, the Westbourne Motorsport proved to be the man to beat in every session which subsequently culminated in a sizeable silverware haul.
Qualifying proved to be a highly competitive affair with Dorlin continuing his fine form of recent events by romping to a double pole position around the 1.94 mile circuit. Setting the pace early on in the 20-minute session, the youngster topped the times for both races with Luke Pinder emerging as his nearest challenger in both sessions.
Light rainfall replaced the earlier sun as the grid lined up for the opening 20-minute encounter around the 1.2 mile Indy layout making conditions tricky to begin with. As the action got underway however the weather intensified and on lap six, race officials elected to halt proceeding’s to allow the field to file into the pits and take on wet tyres.
Race one restarted but as soon as it had begun it was over again with the monsoon-like conditions proving to be undriveable. On the road it was Randon that had led the field until the latest red flag although that wasn’t to be the final result with an 8-lap shootout being scheduled for the end of the day.
>With the track still in a treacherous state, Lidsey underlined his wet weather skill-set at what is his home event to surge into a lead he was ultimately never challenger for as he crossed the line to take a second win of the season by more than three seconds. Luke Pinder was second once again whilst pole sitter Dorlin salvaged third; pipping the chasing pack of Randon and former BTCC racer Tom Barley.
>Despite the threat of rain looming before the start of race one, dry conditions greeted the drivers for race two and as it had been on Saturday, Randon got the jump on Dorlin to lead into Paddock Hill Bend and ultimately it turned out to be a lead he would never lose.
At the sharp end of the grid, Dorlin began to chip away into the early lead that had been built up by Randon but just as he began to launch his attack, mechanical woes struck.
Running bumper-to-boot onto lap seven, the Westbourne Motorsport driver saw his aspirations of remaining the championship leader disappear as he completely lost all power and was forced to restart his car before rejoining half a lap down. Even though Dorlin managed to get onto the back of the pack after consistent fastest race laps, there just wasn’t enough time left to climb the order and subsequently went on to finish ninth at the flag.
The natural talent in James obviously runs deep in the family veins. A history of championship wins follow the Dorlin family through classic jaguar racing over the last decade and now it is James’ turn to continue pushing the boundaries.
He shows a mature approach to his racing. He is quick to learn and keen to listen to good advice but at the same time he can make his own decisions and evaluate the information given to him. He is happy to forge good relationships with others in motorsport and he certainly seems to be well thought of in the racing fraternity.
James has all the vision and skills of a successful professional racing driver and his achievements have all the signs of reaching the very top.
The natural talent in James obviously runs deep in the family veins. A history of championship wins follow the Dorlin family through classic jaguar racing over the last decade and now it is James’ turn to continue pushing the boundaries.
A very promising start to his motorsport career began in karting when he was 9, becoming a championship winner at 13 years of age. He has used his skills and the knowledge available around him to make a successful transition into saloon cars in the SaxMax Championship hosted by the BARC.
James has had a very successful first season in car racing. He started 2013 with a 2nd place in his first ever race at Croft, only days after his 14th birthday.
In all, James had 10 podiums in 2013 including one 1st, six 2nds and three 3rd places. An outstanding inaugural season racing against great competition.
James will be competing for the championship again this season in his Saxo VTR. The series has been re-launched as the Junior Saloon Car Championship, it is" The place to be for young Touring Car drivers", there are some well known teams involved and competition will be fierce. It will remain a one make series, still using the 100BHP Citroen Saxo VTR for competitors aged 14 to 17 years old. The first race is at Rockingham 5th and 6 th April 2014, see calender for dates.
Please have a look at the photographs and video action from last season in the gallery.
James is competing in the Michelin Clio Cup Series which is a very competitive and high level championship. The cars are 2 litre naturally aspirated 3rd generation Renault Clio Cup race cars that were used in 2013 on the British touring car support package. The series is backed and run by Renault Sport which gives it an high profile as a championship.
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Runner-up Saxmax 2013.
2014 Junior Saloon Car Champion.
2015 Michelin Clio Cup Race Series.
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