MCLAREN’S NEW DEVELOPMENT DRIVERS
Dorlin was perhaps a little unfortunate to see the Renault UK Clio Cup title slip from his grasp in the courts last season. The mid-season run of form that helped him claim five wins on the bounce offers a tantalising look at what the versatile 19-year-old – who also has experience in historics – can bring to GT racing.
In his first season out of Ginetta Juniors, the youngest son of British Touring Car Championship veteran Rob Collard impressed in the Mini Challenge JCW class by finishing as top rookie in third overall, taking a win at Silverstone. Still only 18, eschewing the single-seater route pursued by brother Ricky could pay dividends.
The Cumbrian’s dramatic victory in last year’s Formula Ford Festival after a battle with Niall Murray and Ollie White showed the 19-year-old’s steel under pressure. After a tough 2015 in F4, he rebounded to win the 2017 BRSCC Northern title, but the switch to GTS will pose an altogether new challenge.