Dor­lin closes in on UK Clio Cup step af­ter West­bourne and prize tests

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Miche­lin Clio Cup Series cham­pion James Dor­lin has tested the lat­est gen­er­a­tion Re­nault UK Clio Cup car ahead of an ex­pected move into the series next sea­son.

Dor­lin, 17, tested with West­bourne Mo­tor­sport – with which he clinched his 2016 ti­tle – in one of its fourth gen­er­a­tion Clios at Don­ing­ton Park at the end of Oc­to­ber, al­though that out­ing was blighted by an en­gine mis­fire.

He has since tested the series’ me­dia car at Snet­ter­ton as his prize for win­ning the BARC se­condary series.

“The Don­ing­ton test didn’t go as well as hoped be­cause the car had a mis­fire,” he said.

“The Snet­ter­ton test was a prize for win­ning the cham­pi­onship this year and went re­ally well. Paul Rivett was there test­ing on the new Miche­lin tyres and pro­vided a bit of a bench­mark; I was very happy with my times.”

Dor­lin has or­dered a car from im­porter R. Sport for next sea­son, and is ex­pected to join the TOCA sup­port series with West­bourne.

“It’s not con­crete, but it’s def­i­nitely more than likely. We’ve got a good pro­por­tion of the bud­get al­ready.

“There are still some deals to be done with po­ten­tial spon­sors that hope­fully will come off, and then we’re there. But we will def­i­nitely be out next year, in the main series, with West­bourne. I’m look­ing for­ward to it and I think they are too.”

Dor­lin tested with West­bourne and is close to deal with team

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