06/09/2018

Clio Cup title race as unpredictable as BTCC’s reckons Dorlin

James Dorlin says the Renault UK Clio Cup is producing just as unpredictable a title race in 2018 as the category it produces so many top line drivers for – the British Touring Car Championship.
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With just four rounds left to go – two each at Silverstone and Brands Hatch – eight drivers still have a chance of winning this year’s Clio Cup crown.

Dorlin is right in among them in third overall and, although 30 points (more than a race win) behind championship leader Max Coates, has likened his position to those hoping to close down Colin Turkington who has built a substantial advantage at the top of the BTCC standings.

“It’s as unpredictable as the BTCC – you just do not know what is going to happen next,” commented Dorlin.

“We’ve seen in the past two events in particular how a driver can do well in qualifying only for things to go wrong in the races or do well in race one only to hit trouble in race two or vice versa.

“It’s been the same in the BTCC so, although you’d prefer perhaps to a bit closer, everything is definitely not lost.”

Notably, Coates, Dorlin and Paul Rivett who sits between them in second have each suffered a zero-score in the past six races. And after achieving his fifth race victory in a row (Oulton Park race one in early June), Dorlin himself has then only been on the podium twice in the seven rounds that have followed since.

He added: “Nobody’s been able to put two really strong weekends together lately – me included which is frustrating because I feel we’ve generally had better race pace than anyone else.

“The driver in the lead at this stage of the season always has the most to lose and, although you never want to change your approach, you might just have second thoughts in a risky situation.

“Rivett’s only seven behind Max so I can only hope they have their eye on each other a bit.

“In my position all I can do is go all out for maximum points in every race and then it’s up to them. I can’t worry about or control what they do.”

Dorlin and Rivett both won at Silverstone 12 months ago and it is the Northants circuit which is next up in just over a week's time (Sat 15/Sun 16 September).

But Dorlin continued: “It doesn’t matter what’s happened in the past. This is a different year with different players involved.

“Like I say, I’ve nothing to lose. If the move’s on and it means I can take points off my main rivals then I’m going for it.”