From second on the grid the Westbourne Motorsport driver grabbed the lead from WDE Motorsport’s Paul Rivett at the start and was never headed.
The race was eventually cut short by an accident involving WDE’s Lee Pattison and Team Pyro’s Zak Fulk that left both their damaged cars in a perilous position by the edge of the track.
Dorlin was thus classified the winner by 0.705 of a second from Rivett who did well to keep at bay Pyro’s Max Coates to finish second. Coates third, followed in fourth by ever-present team-mate Daniel Rowbottom.
The win was Dorlin’s fourth in a row and the result has moved him past Coates into the championship lead.
The gap between them heading to rounds seven and eight at Oulton Park next month is just two points. Rivett, who earned two bonus points for setting the race's fastest lap time, is only six more behind in third while Rowbottom is now tying for fourth with another of Pyro’s drivers, Jack McCarthy.
An elated Dorlin commented: “My start was mega and when I saw Paul and Max battling in my mirrors I knew it was my chance to make a bit of a break. That is a huge win for us – it’s been a dream weekend to be honest.”
Rivett said: “It was all about the start, when James got the drop on me and I had to defend from Max. The main thing is to come away still right in the hunt – I’ve won this thing three times before and, believe me, it’s a long game…”
Coates added: “A second and a third at a circuit that is not one of my strongest – I’ll take that any day. It’s a long season, these are vital points and I know we’ll be stronger at Oulton and then my home circuit of Croft.”
Finishing fifth was Matrix Motorsport's Michael Epps. Sixth was McCarthy as team-mate Bradley Burns took seventh. The top was rounded out by Westbourne’s James Colburn and WDE pair Sam Osborne and Dan Zelos who, having got away last after lining up fourth on the grid, rapidly made up places after a safety car period.
This was required after Jade Edwards’s car was spun round on the opening lap – and duly collected by MRM team-mate Brett Lidsey! Having started fifth on the grid, she was able to continue with a hobbled car but Lidsey was a retirement.
Aaron Thompson took 11th ahead of Matrix’s Andy Wilmot who eventually got the better of WDE’s Nic Hamilton to finish in 12th. Completing the finishers behind Edwards were Matrix’s Jeff Alden and BLG Racing’s Luke Warr.
Leading positions, Renault UK Clio Cup, Round 6, Thruxton:
1. James Dorlin (Westbourne Motorsport), 8 laps in 11m56.301s
2. Paul Rivett (WDE Motorsport), +0.105s
3. Max Coates (Team Pyro), +0.771s
4. Daniel Rowbottom (Team Pyro), +1.096s
5. Michael Epps (Matrix Motorsport), +1.568s
6. Jack McCarthy (Team Pyro), +2.132s
Fastest lap: Paul Rivett, 1m23.084s (102.08mph)
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