All Eyes On Silverstone For Clio Cup Series Top Two

by Simon Paice

The destination of the 2016 Michelin Clio Cup Series championship battle will be decided at Silverstone next month (8/9 October) following an action-packed penultimate meeting of the season at Anglesey last weekend.

With their rivals dropping out of mathematical contention in Wales, it’s James Dorlin and Brett Lidsey who will battle it out for the honours at Silverstone – with their title duel having heated up at Anglesey with some fierce racing between the two.

MRM’s Lidsey got the edge on his adversary in qualifying as they both finished in the top three for both races, though in the opening encounter it was Dorlin who was came out on top following a bold last lap move in his Westbourne Motorsport Clio to take second position.

Dorlin would also get the upper hand on his adversary at the start of race two, with a first attempt to regain the place leading to contact from Lidsey which sent Dorlin sideways. He recovered in-front, however Lidsey’s challenge eventually paid off as he passed his rival for fourth place late on.

The weekend’s results mean Lidsey has narrowed the gap at the top by a single point, meaning that when dropped scores are taken into consideration, just 22 points separate the duo heading into the final two races at Silverstone.

“One event down, one more to go now! I’m glad to come away from this weekend having bagged some solid points. It was getting pretty close out there, especially in race two, so I had to use my head and not take any risks,” said Dorlin.

“We are in a good position heading to Silverstone now so I will take stock of everything and sit down to see what we need to do at the final round to win this championship.”

Lidsey commented: “I needed to take points away from James [Dorlin] and that is what I have done so I can be pleased with that. It was getting a bit like bumper cars at one stage but the car held together and we scored well once again.

“I’m chasing James so I will go to the final round with the same outlook I have had – to top every remaining session, if I do that then it will be out of my hands and down to what he can do.”

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