DORLIN SEALS CLIO TI­TLE AND TAKES HIS EIGHTH WIN

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James Dorlin se­cured his sec­ond club-level ti­tle in three sea­sons as he was crowned Miche­lin Clio Cup Se­ries cham­pion, de­spite hav­ing to share the race honours with main ti­tle ri­val Brett Lid­sey.

Dorlin bogged down from pole po­si­tion in the open­ing con­test, hand­ing Lid­sey an ad­van­tage he pushed home in the wet con­di­tions. A re­cov­ery drive past West­bourne team-mate Sam Ran­don proved enough for Dorlin, who was de­clared cham­pion with dropped scores taken into ac­count. “We’ve had a bril­liant sea­son, it’s only my sec­ond year in the Miche­lin Clios,” said Dorlin. “I’m thrilled to come away with sec­ond and the cham­pi­onship.”

The ris­ing star con­sol­i­dated his cham­pi­onship vic­tory with an­other stel­lar re­cov­ery drive to score an eighth vic­tory of the cam­paign in the sea­son fi­nale. Once again the 17-year-old made a be­low-par start, hand­ing Lid­sey and Ran­don the ini­tial ad­van­tage for the sec­ond race in suc­ces­sion.

Dorlin got the cut­back on Ran­don to re­claim sec­ond into Vale on the fourth lap, be­fore com­plet­ing his come­back a lap later with a move to the in­side of Lid­sey at Stowe hav­ing re­ceived a tow from the MRM driver down Han­gar Straight.

Jack Fabby emerged vic­to­ri­ous in the strug­gle for the Road class ti­tle, though he was aided by Nic Har­ri­son head­ing into the gravel un­der brak­ing at Stowe in the soggy con­di­tions dur­ing race one. Damian Hirst scored a ca­reer-best sec­ond in the cat­e­gory, whilst Nick White took two class podi­ums on his de­but.

Though Mat­teo Zanetti pro­vi­sion­ally wrapped up the Ju­nior Sa­loon Car Cham­pi­onship ti­tle on cir­cuit, it re­mains to be seen whether ti­tle ri­val Katie Mil­ner’s ap­peal against her ex­clu­sion for a tech­ni­cal in­fringe­ment at Knock­hill will be up­held. Should Mil­ner have her brace of vic­to­ries re­in­stated, she would be­come the first fe­male cham­pion in the for­mer Sax­max cham­pi­onship’s his­tory. Both fell back from their start­ing slots dur­ing the first race at Sil­ver­stone, where Ge­orge Sut­ton took his first race vic­tory since Pem­brey in April, and although Mil­ner took an im­pres­sive last-gasp vic­tory in the fi­nal round with Zanetti be­hind, the cham­pi­onship pro­vi­sion­ally goes to the West­bourne driver.

As the Club­mans re­sumed nor­mal pro­ceed­ings af­ter a non­cham­pi­onship visit to An­gle­sey last month, Phil Weaver’s Neme­sis proved to be the pack­age to beat in the open­ing race ahead of Steven Dick­ens’ Mal­lock. Though Dick­ens ini­tially bested Weaver at the start of the first con­test, the lat­ter re­claimed his ad­van­tage on the in­side line down the In­ter­na­tional Pits Straight on the fourth tour of the cir­cuit. Dick­ens would have his re­venge, tak­ing vic­tory in the other two races to round out a strong triple-header for the Towces­ter-based driver.

Iron­i­cally, the most rep­re­sented cham­pi­onship on the timetable pro­duced the least vari­ance in re­sults, with the top two in each of the Clas­sic Tour­ing Car Rac­ing Club en­coun­ters re­peated.

Andy Thompson and Alexan­der Owen traded the honours in the cat­e­gory for Pre-2003/2005 pro­duc­tion cars, claim­ing a win apiece in a SEAT Toledo and a Honda Civic Type R re­spec­tively.

Dale Gent dom­i­nated both Thun­der Saloons/ Pre-1993 Tour­ing Cars/ Blue Oval Sa­loon races with a com­bined win­ning mar­gin of al­most 20 sec­onds; only Andy Robin­son’s Ford Fal­con could claim to be in the same league as Gent in each con­test.

In the Pre-1966/pre-1983 Tour­ing Cars, Stephen Primett com­pleted the trend, as he steered his Ford Es­cort Mk1 into the win­ner’s cir­cle on both at­tempts ahead of Mark Os­borne’s Tri­umph Dolomite Sprint.

Will Tayl­forth took a break­through vic­tory in the open­ing Hyundai Coupe Cup out­ing by a two-sec­ond mar­gin from Ian Good­child, the most suc­cess­ful driver this cam­paign in terms of race vic­to­ries. Though Tayl­forth led in the early stages of race two, both Alex Curs­ley and Good­child were able to pass be­fore dic­ing for the spoils that, against the run of re­sults this sea­son, went to the for­mer. Ginetta GT4 Su­per­cup reg­u­lar Ben Green made an ap­pear­ance in the cat­e­gory, but hav­ing re­tired from the first race fol­low­ing con­tact he could only man­age last on his sec­ond at­tempt.

Nick Dunn rounded out the year in the Max5 Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship with a win ahead of John Munro, but it was in­vi­ta­tional en­try and An­gle­sey win­ner Jonathan Hal­li­well that took the spoils ear­lier in the day. How­ever, Dunn missed out on the ti­tle as all of his points be­fore the An­gle­sey round were dis­carded af­ter a tech­ni­cal is­sue with his car, which meant Munro was cham­pion once dropped scores ruled out Ian Lover­sidge.

James Card held on de­spite a re­tire­ment in the fi­nal round to claim the A1 honours in the Kumho BMW Cham­pi­onship, though it was ti­tle ri­val James Mac­in­tyre-ure who proved to be the class of the field with a brace of vic­to­ries. An­drew Roger­son edged out Adam Jack­son in a vir­tual dead-heat dur­ing the fi­nal MG Own­ers Club con­test hav­ing com­fort­ably beaten the same ri­val in the first race.

1 Dorlin; 2 B Lid­sey +5.830s; 3 Samuel Ran­don; 4 Bar­ley; 5 Kirby; 6 T Lid­sey. CW Fabby. FL B Lid­sey 1m15.441s (88.32mph). P Dorlin. S 14. 1 Ge­orge Sut­ton; 2 Ethan Ham­mer­ton +1.189s; 3 Adam Batty; 4 Will Dry­dal; 5 Mat­teo Zanetti; 6 Sam Kirk­patrick. FL Zanetti 1m34.459s (70.54mph). P Luke Brown­ing. S 24.

1 Katie Mil­ner; 2 Zanetti +0.949s; 3 Ham­mer­ton; 4 Sut­ton; 5 Ed­ward Moore; 6 Batty. FL Brown­ing 1m24.425s (78.92mph). P Oliver Will­mott. S 24.

1 Dick­ens; 2 Chap­lin +2.239s; 3 Barry Webb (Mal­lock MK23B); 4 Evans; 5 Wood; 6 Pe­ter Rich­ings (Mal­lock MK30PR). CW Chap­lin; Webb; John Drinkwa­ter (Messer 6); Hunter. FL Weaver 1m08.347s (97.49mph). P Weaver. S 17.

1 Dick­ens; 2 Weaver +9.947s; 3 Webb; 4 Steve Ever­son (Mal­lock Mk27); 5 Chap­lin; 6 Rich­ings. CW Webb; Chap­lin; Hunter. FL Weaver 1m21.564s (81.69mph). P Dick­ens. S 16.

1 Owen; 2 Thompson +0.136s; 3 Luke Allen (Civic Type R); 4 Bar­den; 5 Young; 6 Craig. CW Thompson; Bar­den; Ken Lark (Volk­swa­gen Cor­rado); Holtom; Kevin Stir­ling (Ford Fi­esta ST); Mark Shep­herd (Volk­swa­gen Golf Gti Mk3); Scott-an­drews. FL Thompson 1m15.728s (87.98mph). P Thompson. S 40. 1m15.003s (88.83mph). P Gent. S 33. 1 Gent; 2 Robin­son +16.693s; 3 Wil­son; 4 James Jan­icki (Nis­san Sky­line); 5 Penn; 6 Frog­gatt. CW Robin­son; Penn; Knight; West; Paul Fin­ney (Ford Fi­esta); Davies; Si­mon Ward (Vaux­hall As­tra GTE); John Ed­wards-par­ton (Fi­esta XR2); Askham; Bow­ley. FL Gent 1m09.904s (95.31mph). P Gent. S 28.

1 Stephen Primett (Ford Es­cort Mk1); 2 Mark Os­borne (Tri­umph Dolomite Sprint) +16.782s; 3 Stephen Cripps (Es­cort Mk2 RS2000); 4 Alan Green­halgh (Ford Fal­con); 5 Stu­art Caie (Ford Capri); 6 Pe­ter Win­stone (Es­cort Mk1). CW Green­halgh; Caie; Mal­colm Jeffs (Alfa Romeo Al­fa­sud SC); Andy Messham (Austin Mini 7); Tony Pre­ston (Mor­ris Mi­nor); Al­lan Wey­man (Chevro­let IROC); Fred­die Brown (Hill­man Imp). FL Primett 1m20.353s (82.92mph). P Primett. S 27.

1 Primett; 2 Os­borne +32.516s; 3 Green­halgh; 4 Cripps; 5 Jeffs; 6 Caie. CW Green­halgh; Jeffs; Caie; Jon Davis (Ford Mus­tang); Messham; Luc Wil­son (Austin A40); Brown. FL Primett 1m37.605s (68.26mph). P Primett. S 24.

1 William Tayl­forth; 2 Ian Good­child +2.274s; 3 Jon Win­ter; 4 James Good­win; 5 Alex Curs­ley; 6 Steve Kite. FL Kite 1m24.549s (78.80mph). P Kite. S 16.

1 Curs­ley; 2 Good­child +0.619s; 3 Tayl­forth; 4 Win­ter; 5 Si­mon Miles; 6 Kite. FL Good­child 1m37.245s (68.52mph). P Tayl­forth. S 16.

1 Jonathan Hal­li­well; 2 Joe Wig­gin +11.665s; 3 Nick Dunn; 4 John Munro; 5 Andy Wa­ters; 6 Ge­off Gouriet. CW Wig­gin; Josh Ma­lin. P Dunn. S 21.

1 Dunn; 2 Munro +16.414s; 3 Wig­gin; 4 Wa­ters; 5 Hal­li­well; 6 Paul Rod­di­son. CW Hal­li­well; Ma­lin. FL Dunn 1m36.019s (69.39mph). P Wig­gin. S 21.

1 James Mac­in­tyre-ure (M3 E46); 2 Oliver Tay­lor (E36 M3) +1.639s; 3 James Card (M3 E46); 4 Ja­son West (M3 E46); 5 Ian Hill (E46); 6 Jim Can­non (1-Se­ries). CW Dar­rell Mor­ganOwen (M3); Colin Whit­more (M3 E36 Evo); Pe­ter Smith (130i Chal­lenge); Rus­sell Dack (E46 Com­pact); Max Wal­ton (318is); Robert Al­man (E36). FL Tay­lor 1m20.117s (83.16mph). P Mac­in­tyre-ure. S 34.

1 Mac­in­tyreUre; 2 John Brad­burn (M3 E36) +1.169s; 3 West; 4 Hill; 5 Robert David­son (E36 M3 Euro); 6 David Griffin (E36 M3). CW Brad­burn; Whit­more; Stephane Jansem (E46 Com­pact 325Ti); Wal­ton. FL Brad­burn 1m33.908s (70.95mph). P Mac­in­tyre-ure. S 33.

Nor­ton by 0.18s from Cooper. Josh Fisher rounded out the podium.

In the 20th For­mula Ford Car­ni­val, Nor­ton and Moyers pro­vided the race of the day. Their bat­tle only ended af­ter Moyers at­tempted a dar­ing move down the in­side at Camp, spec­tac­u­larly los­ing con­trol and spin­ning to the in­side of the cir­cuit. This left Nor­ton clear to claim his sec­ond vic­tory of the day and his fourth For­mula Ford Car­ni­val suc­cess.

The open­ing Su­per Mighty Mi­nis/ Mighty Mi­nis amal­ga­ma­tion pro­duced a stun­ning race. Pole­sit­ter Adrian Tuck­ley fell to third on the first lap as Ian Slark swept into the race lead ahead of Steven Daw­son. The trio then spent the early run­ning swap­ping places on a lap-by-lap ba­sis. Tuck­ley’s good work was then un­done by an elec­tri­cal fire, putting him out of the race. Slark also slipped off the cir­cuit, mak­ing con­tact with the bar­ri­ers, but was able to con­tinue back to the pit­lane. Daw­son even­tu­ally claimed the win, with Neven Kirk­patrick sec­ond and Ben But­ler com­plet­ing the podium. A three-car car dice for suc­cess in the Mighty Mini or­der was claimed by Greg Jenk­ins, af­ter a thrilling dice with Sam Tom­lin­son and Mark Bur­nett.

De­spite his re­tire­ment, Tuck­ley was crowned as the Su­per Mighty Mi­nis cham­pion, with Jenk­ins class win suf­fi­cient to give him the Mighty Mi­nis honours for 2016.

Race two came to an early end when Alex Comis tan­gled with Mighty Mi­nis run­ner Jim Carolan at Camp. Carolan ex­ited the road and was joined in the bar­ri­ers by a sym­pa­this­ing Kirk­patrick. With the re­sults re­vert­ing to the or­der at the end of the pre­ced­ing lap, iron­i­cally it was Comis de­clared the win­ner from Daw­son and Tuck­ley. Tom­lin­son took the Mighty Mi­nis win.

A tense Cas­tle Combe Saloons Cham­pi­onship race was claimed by Gary Preb­ble in his SEAT. Si­mon Thorn­ton-nor­ris was able to se­cure the over­all crown de­spite head-gas­ket is­sues forc­ing him to nurse his Mit­subishi Colt through the day.

Barry Squibb clinched the Cas­tle Combe GT Cham­pi­onship win in his Mit­subishi Evo, his fourth vic­tory of 2016. Chris Vi­nall had al­ready wrapped up the over­all ti­tle by virtue of his greater con­sis­tency in class E with his SEAT Leon, tak­ing his sixth class vic­tory in the fi­nale.

Tom Witts (Volk­swa­gen Scirocco) con­verted a slen­der qual­i­fy­ing ad­van­tage into a pair of sure-footed VAG Tro­phy suc­cesses. A sec­ond placed fin­ish for Paul Tay­lor in the fi­nale en­abled him to claim the 2016 crown in his Golf, with the Class B ti­tle go­ing to Si­mon Tom­lin­son’s MK 4 Golf.

Two sched­uled Cas­tle Combe Sports Se­ries races be­came one due to a pal­try three-car en­try, with Mark Ni­chol­son the victor.

A Cas­tle Combe Open Sports vs Saloons en­counter was the per­fect way to end the sea­son. David Krayem led ini­tially but his Ginetta ex­pired in the clos­ing stages. As a re­sult Ben Scrivens, also in a Ginetta, and Chris South­cott’s MG found them­selves con­test­ing the vic­tory. South­cott had charged from the back of the grid and drew along­side Scrivens at one point, but was un­able to con­clude the over­take – leav­ing Scrivens to take the che­quered flag and the fi­nal vic­tory of the sea­son.

1 Ben Nor­ton (Spec­trum 10b); 2 Luke Cooper (Swift SC16) +0.181s; 3 Josh Fisher (Van Diemen JL14); 4 Felix Fisher (Van Diemen RF02); 5 Nathan Ward (Spec­trum 011c); 6 David Cob­bold (Van Diemen RF89). Class win­ners Cob­bold; Joe Ri­ley (Swift SC95); Charles Green­wood (Du­lon MP15). Fastest lap Nor­ton 1m10.178s (94.90mph). Pole Michael Moyers (Spec­trum 011c). Starters 19.

1 Ben Nor­ton (Spec­trum 10b); 2 Nathan Ward (Spec­trum 011c) +2.655s; 3 Josh Fisher (Van Diemen JL14); 4 Luke Cooper (Swift SC16); 5 Roger Orgee (Van Diemen RF00); 6 Felix Fisher (Van Diemen RF02). CW Bob Hig­gins (Van Diemen RF90); David Cob­bold (Van Diemen RF89); Charles Green­wood (Du­lon MP15). FL Michael Moyers (Spec­trum 011c) 1m09.866s (95.32mph). P Nor­ton. S 24.

1 Steven Daw­son; 2 Neven Kirk­patrick +3.794s; 3 Ben But­ler; 4 Damien Har­ring­ton; 5 David Rees; 6 Steven Ride­out. CW Greg Jenk­ins. FL Adrian Tuck­ley 1m24.664s (78.66mph). P Tuck­ley. S 26.

1 Alex Comis; 2 Daw­son +0.216s; 3 Tuck­ley; 4 Louise Inch; 5 Ride­out; 6 But­ler. CW Sam Tom­lin­son. FL Kirk­patrick 1m24.548s (78.77mph). P Guy Parr. S 25. Scara­manga 1m14.458s (89.44mph). P Charles Hy­deAn­drews-bird (Re­nault Me­gane). S 37.

1 Barry Squibb (Mit­subishi Lancer E9); 2 Chris South­cott (MG Midget) +9.019s; 3 Tim Wood­man (Cater­ham 7); 4 Chris Vi­nall (SEAT Leon Su­per­copa); 5 Steve Hall (Audi TT RS); 6 Doug Wat­son (BMW M6 Coupe). CW South­cott; Wood­man; Vi­nall; Wat­son; Mark Hig­gin­son (Rage R200RT); Michael Har­ris (Peu­geot 205 GTI). FL Squibb 1m08.232s (97.60mph). P Squibb. S 21.

1 Tom Witts (VW Scirocco); 2 Ke­nan Dole (VW Golf GTI) +5.064s; 3 Dar­ron Lewis (VW Golf GTI R); 4 Benjamin Wal­lace (VW Golf); 5 Paul Tay­lor (VW Golf); 6 Toby Bearne (VW Golf). CW Christie Do­ran (VW Golf MK 5). FL Witts 1m13.926s (90.09mph). P Witts. S 17.

1 Witts; 2 Tay­lor +3.381s; 3 Lewis; 4 Bearne; 5 Darelle Wil­son (VW Scirocco TDI); 6 Dole. CW Do­ran. FL Wil­son 1m13.913s (90.10mph). P Martyn Cul­ley (SEAT Leon Cupra). S 17. 1 Mark Ni­chol­son (Rad­i­cal SR3RS); 2 Neil Har­ris (Neme­sis Pro­to­type) +1m02.564s; 3 John Gill­man (Rad­i­cal Club­sport); no other fin­ish­ers. CW Gill­man. FL Ni­chol­son 1m07.079s (99.28mph). P Ni­chol­son. S 3.

Dorlin had a poor start but took two podi­ums Mac­in­tyre-ure leads the Kumho BMW field away

MGOC cham­pion Bay­nam took class win Hal­li­well starred in first Max5 race

Dick­ens won twice in Club­mans

Comis won 2016 Su­per Mighty fi­nale

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