Clio Series Title Protagonists Share Croft Poles

James Dorlin and Brett Lidsey have taken a pole position apiece in qualifying for Rounds Ten and Eleven of the 2016 Michelin Clio Cup Series at Croft.

It was Dorlin who topped the timesheets in the twenty minute session, with a best effort of 1m 34.128s edging out championship leader Lidsey by just seven hundredths of a second.

Impressively finishing the session third quickest was Ben Colburn, with the Westbourne Motorsport man less than a tenth of a second away from a front-row start.

Fourth overall was one of two guest drivers for the weekend with 20Ten Racing, current Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship front-runner Josh Cook.

Returning to the team that guided him to the 2012 Renault UK Clio Cup Rookie Cup title, Cook finished the session three tenths of a second shy of the top spot.

Sam Randon, a race-winner last time out at Brands Hatch, and Tom Barley rounded out the top six, with Luke Pinder and Rory Collingbourne on row four, split by six hundredths of a second.

Collingbourne is joining Cook in the 20Ten ranks for the weekend, and the current Clio Cup racer would remarkably set the exact same laptime as Ben Palmer during the session.

There is one other addition to the grid this weekend, with Maltese racer Mark Vella finishing up eleventh quickest on his first outing in the series in two years.

The driver’s second fastest times in the session set the grid for the second race of the weekend, with Lidsey crucially taking the pole position this time ahead of Dorlin.

Row two and three will also switch positions, Cook outpacing Colburn, and Barley topping Randon, with Pinder, Palmer, Collingbourne and Tyler Lidsey next – the latter tenth for both races.

In the Road Series, it was a double pole-position for current class leader Nic Harrison ahead of Jack Fabby, Damian Hirst and Sarah Franklin – the order staying the same for both races.

Full qualifying results can be found here.