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