DORLIN DOES THE DOU­BLE TO CLOSE ON CLIO SE­RIES TI­TLE

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James Dorlin con­tin­ued his dom­i­nant start to the Miche­lin Clio Cup Se­ries with a brace of vic­to­ries to ex­tend his cham­pi­onship lead, though he was kept hon­est by cham­pi­onship ri­vals Brett Lid­sey, Sa­muel Ran­don and Luke Pinder through­out.

Af­ter a con­trolled per­for­mance in the first con­test, Dorlin bogged down off the start in the sec­ond race and dropped to third be­hind Pinder and Ran­don. Af­ter a move for the lead into Deene left Ran­don stranded on the out­side line into Yent­wood, Dorlin re­claimed the run­ner-up spot be­fore dispensing with Pinder on the penul­ti­mate lap as the front-run­ners nav­i­gated their way through back­mark­ers to com­plete a per­fect week­end.

Lid­sey also passed Pinder head­ing into the Brook chi­cane later that lap to en­sure an iden­ti­cal podium to that of the first race. Tom Bar­ley was re­warded on his re­turn to the fray with a pair of fifth place fin­ishes. Mean­while, prob­lems for Jack Fabby and Sarah Franklin in the first and sec­ond races re­spec­tively left Nic Har­ri­son to claim the hon­ours in the road class.

“That was a bril­liant week­end – I couldn’t have asked for more to come away with two poles and two wins,” said Dorlin.

Phil Weaver con­tin­ued the theme of dom­i­na­tion in the Club­mans Cup, tak­ing his Neme­sis to two com­fort­able vic­to­ries ahead of Jarred Lester’s Mal­lock and Jonathan Hair’s Bea­gle re­spec­tively. Weaver saw off early com­pe­ti­tion in each race, be­fore grad­u­ally ex­tend­ing his ad­van­tage on each oc­ca­sion to see the che­quered flag first, be­fore Hair claimed the fi­nal vic­tory on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Paul Poul­ter joined an in­creas­ingly large club of dou­ble win­ners at the Northamp­ton­shire cir­cuit as he claimed the first two wins in the Pickup Truck Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship, but was forced to re­tire from the third round as Antony Hawkins timed his stint in front to per­fec­tion and se­cured his first win in the se­ries. The Pick­ups pro­duced ar­guably the clos­est rac­ing of the week­end, with the ma­jor­ity of the field en­joy­ing a short stint at the head of the field.

De­spite tak­ing a dou­ble win at Snet­ter­ton, Ed Moore sur­ren­dered his lead of the Ju­nior Saloon Car Cham­pi­onship on a week­end in which Char­lie Kennedy and Katie Mil­ner con­tin­ued their strong form to put them­selves in the frame for the cham­pi­onship fight. Kennedy took vic­tory in the open­ing con­test af­ter claim­ing the lead at the con­clu­sion of the first lap, be­fore a move into Deene Hair­pin on the fi­nal tour of the cir­cuit gifted Mil­ner sec­ond, with Ethan Ham­mer­ton round­ing out the podium. Mil­ner de­fended from pole be­fore sus­tain­ing her ad­van­tage in race two, with early sea­son pace­set­ter Mat­teo Zanetti sec­ond ahead of Kennedy.

A quar­tet of Cater­ham classes on the bill pro­vided a to­tal of six dif­fer­ent race win­ners. In the Sigma class, David Web­ber added an­other race vic­tory to his tally for the sea­son whilst Jamie Win­row, the only other man to win in the cat­e­gory, fended him off to take the hon­ours in race two. The Clas­sic and Su­per hon­ours be­longed ex­clu­sively to Ed­ward Ben­son, with Andy Mol­som and Toby Bri­ant the only other men to grace the podium all week­end.

In Sig­max, Lee Bris­tow made two poor get­aways from pole but, un­like in the first race when he was forced to set­tle for the run­ner-up spot be­hind Scott Lawrence, he was able to make a move on Dy­lan Stan­ley in the clos­ing stages of race two to re­claim vic­tory. In the Mega races, Glenn Burten­shaw twice beat Oliver Gib­son.

James Dorlin won twice but was pushed all the way by ri­val Lid­sey

Stan­ley leads Bris­tow and Lawrence in Cater­ham Sig­max out­ing

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