Colburn set to spearhead Westbourne’s challenge

James Colburn
James Colburn

WORTHING-based motorsport driver James Colburn will spearhead Westbourne Motorsport’s squad for this year’s Renault UK Clio Cup.

The season starts in Brands Hatch over the weekend of March 30 and 31, and joining the 20-year-old in the West Sussex squad, which is run by James’ father, Richard, will be second-year Clio Cup competitor Mike Bushell (Tunbridge Wells), championship newcomer Jordan Stilp (Northampton) and Maltese car racing rookie Jacques Mizzi.

James Colburn, who enters his fifth consecutive year in the Renault UK Clio Cup this season, had a mixed campaign in 2012 with misfortune blunting his title bid. He did, though, prove his credentials with a dominant double victory during rounds five and six at Thruxton.

He first entered the coveted club of Clio Cup race winners in 2011, his most successful year to date in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship support category. Concluding that season third overall in the title race, he was tied on points with vice-champion Aron Smith, who has since graduated into the BTCC.

Richard Colburn said: “This is a really exciting year for the team.

“We have a great blend of proven podium finishers, with James and Mike together, and two talented newcomers to the series in Jordan and Jacques – both have really impressed me in pre-season testing.

“I feel we really have a chance to challenge for both the driver and team titles in 2013.

“Everybody at Westbourne has worked really hard throughout the winter and we all look forward to the first green lights signalling the season opener at Brands Hatch over the Easter weekend.”