Colburn speeds to two victories at Thruxton

James Colburn at Thruxton
James Colburn at Thruxton

WORTHING driver James Colburn made the most of some treacherous conditions to earn himself a career first – two race wins out of two at the high-speed Thruxton Circuit in the AirAsia Renault UK Clio Cup.

The 19-year-old left it late to do his qualifying time, hoping for the track conditions to improve, and the strategy paid dividends when he managed to qualify third and first for rounds five and six respectively, making this session his best so far of the 2012 season.

Colburn admitted he was relieved to finally have a race win and firmly believes his bid for the title is underway.

He said: “It was super important to shake off that bad luck I had been having and get two wins here, which I managed to do, and I hope to do again at Oulton Park and we’ll certainly be right back up there and, hopefully, race by race cut down the deficit and go from there.”

Starting third for the first of two races at the weekend, Colburn made a magnificent start off the line, and managed to jump ahead of both of his competitors into the first corner.

After pulling out a nice gap in the opening few laps, the second-placed car started closing in on Colburn and made his life difficult, but he managed to hold him off.

As conditions worsened the following day, the race started behind the safety car due to the extreme wet weather conditions out on the track and started off quite badly.

Things started to look up after this, however, as the same thing happened to the two drivers in front and he managed to take the places back to go second, where he spent most of the race. The drama was not over, though, as on the penultimate lap Colburn managed to overtake the leader and pull away for the last lap, giving him a double race victory, the first of his career in this championship.

He said: “The weather was torrential and there was a lot of standing water out on the track and, unfortunately, I caught some of that water and I was pushed wide, letting two cars through in the process.

“I got a better run on the leader coming out of the last corner and managed to cut back inside him and take the lead for the last two laps and I just had a good run in after that.”

The next stop on the calendar for Colburn is Cheshire’s Oulton Park for rounds seven and eight of the Championship.