7th January 2017

Dorlin snatches last-gasp win from Bushell in Thruxton thriller

James Dorlin has taken his first victory in the Renault UK Clio Cup after edging out Mike Bushell on the run to the line to win today’s second race at Thruxton by just 67 thousandths of a second

Westbourne Motorsport’s Dorlin started from fourth on the grid but was immediately up to second at the start and pressuring leader Bushell’s Team Pyro car.

He stayed there all the way until the exit of the very last bend, the Club Chicane, when, with slightly greater momentum he jinked right to get alongside championship leader Bushell with the finish line approaching...

From there it was a straight drag race to the line and as they approached it 18-year-old Dorlin nosed ahead to pip former Champion Bushell by 0.067s and win only his sixth race in the UK Clio Cup.

Finishing third and closing right in on the leading pair at the end was WDE Motorsport’s Paul Rivett. He was just 0.410s behind Dorlin at the line. And right behind him was his own WDE team-mate Lee Pattison.

An ecstatic Dorlin commented: “That was just amazing – I just seemed to get better momentum than Mike exiting the chicane and he seemed to run a bit wide. That allowed me to get up alongside him but those final 200 yards where the longest 200 yards of my life! Had I, hadn’t I? I am speechless!”

Bushell added: “There was a little bit of a rub from James coming into the chicane which unsettled my car on turn-in. I’m surprised he had the speed he had coming out of the corner but you can’t knock him for wanting to win.

“In terms of the championship a win in race one, second in this one… they are very good results and I’m now more than a race win clear of anyone going to Oulton Park.”

Rivett said: “Mike and James had made a break early on which meant I couldn’t tow back up to them  – otherwise I definitely had the pace to take it to them. Then they started to fight at the end and I closed right up under braking for the chicane. This and sixth place in race one are good for my championship.”

Another WDE driver, Dan Zelos, was fifth and he also came away with a new lap record of 1m22.777s, this bettering the mark set in the day’s opening race by Bushell.

He had to work hard to hold off PP Motorsport/Westbourne’s James Colburn and DRM’s Daniel Rowbottom who took sixth and seventh. Pyro trio Nathan Harrison, Ash Hand and Jack McCarthy filled the next three positions, the latter coming under pressure at the end from JamSport’s Aaron Thompson in 11th.

Two more Pyro drivers, Kyle Hornby and Ollie Pidgley, proved evenly matched in 12th and 13th and were joined at the finish by Westbourne’s Myles Collins, 14th. Ciceley pair Jade Edwards and Luke Reade and JamSport’s Graham Field completed the finishers.

The race needed to be re-started after an opening lap tangle which accounted for the cars of Ciceley’s Max Coates and Sam Osborne, JamSport’s Lucas Orrock and MRM’s Brett Lidsey. None were able to take the re-start, this a blow to Coates’s title aspirations and he has dropped from second to fifth in the standings.

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Carl McKellar

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