25/05/2018

Dorlin, Edwards, Epps, Rivett & Coates feature in Thruxton statistics

Thruxton’s two rounds last weekend threw up yet more fascinating facts in the land of the Renault UK Clio Cup – among them James Dorlin’s two wins which enabled him to join a rather exclusive club…
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The Westbourne Motorsport ace’s pair of victories means he becomes only the eighth driver in history to win four Clio Cup drivers on the bounce, the others being: Stefan Hodgetts (2007), Ben Winrow (2008), Phil Glew (2009), Dave Newsham (2010), Paul Rivett (2012), Ant Whorton-Eales (2016) and Mike Bushell (2017).

It’s an elite list and, if he keeps up his current form at Oulton Park’s forthcoming rounds, Dorlin could take it even further.

A win in race one at the Cheshire circuit would draw him level with Glew on five in a row and leave him just one shy of the record – Jonathan Adam’s incredible run of six consecutive victories in ’05…

Furthermore Dorlin has become the seventh driver to win four of the opening six rounds of a Clio Cup season. Those to do it before him were: Whorton-Eales (2016), Newsham (2010), Glew (2009), Winrow (2008), Hodgetts (2007) and Jim Edwards Junior (2000).

For the record, Glew actually made it five from the first six in ’09 – the best start to a Clio Cup season ever seen. To date, that is.

One more Dorlin fact: his wins ratio is now up to one in four (25%) and actually surpasses three-time Champion Paul Rivett’s 23.1% (48 wins from 208 races). Ashley Sutton’s 33.3% – six out of 18 in 2015 – cannot be matched, surely?

Moving on, others also caused the Clio Cup’s statistics needle to flicker at Thruxton…

Just three weeks after achieving a ‘best ever’ race result of eighth at Donington, MRM’s Jade Edwards (daughter of Jim Jnr mentioned above) improved further still with a seventh in race one – this after having qualified a highest ever fifth on the grid (for race two).

Sixth on the grid and a 12th place finish respectively for Matrix Motorsport pair Michael Epps and Andy Wilmot also marked their best performances in qualifying and a race so far in their debut seasons in the championship. Team boss Jeff Alden was also able to score a point for the second time in his maiden campaign…

Meanwhile pole position for race two marked the first time – remarkably – that WDE Motorsport’s Rivett had qualified at the front of the grid since Croft in June 2016! The three-time Champ is truly on menacing form at the moment…

Significantly it looked like Dorlin would scoop the two bonus points for setting the race’s fastest lap but this was later disallowed for a ‘track limits’ infringement. Instead it was Rivett who bagged them – a four point swing that could just prove significant further down the line.

For the record, Rivett is now on 36 pole positions and 35 fastest laps in his extraordinary Clio Cup career.

The driver on pole for the opening race at Thruxton was Max Coates and although the Team Pyro driver was unable to convert that into a victory his second place finish was still noteworthy.

The North Yorkshire driver has now finished every one of the 41 rounds he’s started since making his debut at the start of 2016 not just in the points but also inside the top ten. Had it not been for a non-start in race two at Thruxton in 2017 that figure may well have been 42. Either way, it is a remarkable achievement…