Michelin Clio Cup Series

Dorlin Takes Lights-To-Flag Opening Pembrey Win

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James Dorlin stormed to victory in the opening Michelin Clio Cup Series encounter at Pembrey, with an early spin for his team-mate Sam Randon giving Dorlin an easy run to the chequered flag.

The Westbourne Motorsport duo were the clear pace-setters in the field throughout the sixteen lap encounter, with the duo pulling clear of the pack in the early laps.

Dorlin built a 1.6 second advantage over the opening tour, but Randon put in consecutive fastest laps to chip away at the gap, getting it below a second before he pushed too hard and spun.

With Randon recovering down in sixth, Dorlin had a gap of over five seconds to his next challenger Brett Lidsey, and he would impressively stretch that to nearly fifteen seconds en-route to victory.

The main action of the race came as Randon mounted his comeback, with him lapping over a second a lap quicker than the quartet as he picked off Tyler Lidsey and Ben Palmer.

Luke Pinder was the next target, the reigning Road Series champion having passed Palmer for third at mid-distance, but despite making it hard work for him, Randon got through two laps from the end.

Randon didn’t have a chance to catch Lidsey though, who finished over five seconds clear at the end for a comfortable third consecutive second place finish.

Behind, Pinder had Palmer and Tyler Lidsey in his mirrors in the closing stages, with only seven tenths of a second splitting them at the flag, while Ben Colburn completing the Race Series runners.

In the Road category, Nic Harrison stormed to the lead in the early stages and looked set for a win, however his race went awry on lap fourteen as he lost a tonne of time.

That gave Jack Fabby a maiden class victory from Sarah Franklin, who had started from class pole but dropped to third early on, with Harrison a distant third.

Full race results can be found here.

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