Dor­lin in Clio switch with West­bourne

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Miche­lin Clio Cup Se­ries cham­pion James Dor­lin has con­firmed his grad­u­a­tion to the Re­nault UK Clio Cup this sea­son with West­bourne Mo­tor­sport.

Dor­lin, 17, took nine wins on his way to the Clio Cup Se­ries ti­tle last year with West­bourne in a Gen-3 Clio. He had long been ex­pected to step up to the Toca-sup­port cat­e­gory, hav­ing tested the lat­est Gen-4 Clio Cup ma­chin­ery with West­bourne be­fore or­der­ing a car, and con­firmed his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the se­ries on Mon­day.

“It’s quite a step up – the grid is for the very lat­est spec­i­fi­ca­tion Clio Cup race car pro­duced by Re­nault Sport and the events are on a to­tally dif­fer­ent scale to what I’m used to,” he said. “How­ever I’m not daunted by it. I’ve tested the car a few times and seem to have been set­ting some good times and West­bourne have won in the UK Clio Cup in the past so I know, hav­ing al­ready formed a very good re­la­tion­ship with them, that I’ve got the right team be­hind me.”

Dor­lin will be joined at the squad – which is re­turn­ing to the se­ries this year af­ter a twoyear ab­sence – by ex-north­ern Sports and Saloons racer Myles Collins, who con­firmed a full pro­gramme on Fri­day.

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