James Dorlin has further underlined the strength of the British Automobile Racing Club motorsport ladder with the news that he will graduate into the Renault UK Clio Cup for 2017.
Aged at just 17-years-old, Dorlin has made a sizable impact on the club-level motorsport scene already with a string of championship triumphs – all under the BARC banner.
With a sizable portfolio of championships on offer for aspiring racers, high-profile names and enthusiasts to sample; the depth of the BARC’s ability to produce the next wave of UK talent goes from strength to strength.
Clinching title glory in the Junior Saloon Car Championship in 2014, the Barnsley-based youngster most recently went on to dominate proceedings in the Michelin Clio Cup Series – with the title being won last year and he has since become one of the hottest properties in UK motorsport for his age.
Now the Dorlin sits on the cusp of the next step in his career, the Renault UK Clio Cup – another BARC-organised championship – as he continues on his journey with Westbourne Motorsport.
“It’s quite a step up – the grid is for the very latest specification Clio Cup race car produced by Renault Sport and the events are on a totally different scale to what I’m used to,” commented Dorlin.
“However I’m not daunted by it. I’ve tested the car a few times and seem to have been setting some good times and Westbourne have won in the UK Clio Cup in the past so I know, having already formed a very good relationship with them, that I’ve got the right team behind me.
“I’ve also seen how quickly Paul Streather got on with the UK Clio Cup when he progressed to it – I had some good races with him in the Michelin Clios in the past and I’m looking to achieve similar things. In theory 2017 will be a learning year ahead of a much bigger push in 2018. I want to finish the season inside the top ten at least.”