2016's Renault UK Clio Cup built on an exceptional 2015 for the championship with its biggest grid sizes in more than two years, seven different winners and another pulsating title battle that went down to the final race of the season – all in the category's 25th anniversary year!
Looking ahead to 2017 all 18 of the UK Clio Cup's races will again take place at the high-profile British Touring Car Championship’s events, meaning its drivers, teams and sponsors continue to enjoy unrivalled levels of exposure with huge trackside crowds and live free-to-air TV coverage on ITV4.
Indeed the UK Clio Cup’s reputation for producing the future stars of the BTCC as well as leading names in international GT and sports car competition has never been higher. Most of the BTCC’s own grid comprises drivers with Renault Sport backgrounds – Mat Jackson, Colin Turkington, Andrew Jordan and Jason Plato all came close to the BTCC crown in 2016.
Among the latest names to join its grid are 2015 and 2016 UK Clio Cup Champions Ashley Sutton and Ant Whorton-Eales. Away from touring cars Jonny Adam, 2005 UK Clio Cup title-winner, is hoping to defend his British GT crown for a third sucessive year having won it in 2015 and 2016…
Each car on the UK Clio Cup grid – a race-spec version of the potent Clio Renault Sport 220 Trophy Renault Sport’s – is identical and prepared by teams high in quality and professionalism and with very obvious links to BTCC teams. In addition the trademark bumper-to-bumper racing on track makes the UK Clio Cup the most exciting supporting category alongside the BTCC. In 2017 the championship will return to using tyres developed by Michelin – a company synonymous with Renault Sport's past.
A season’s budget ranges from approximately £75,000 to £95,000 (including insurance costs) with additional testing from £1,000 to £2,500 per day. The Clio Cup race car is priced at 44,900 Euros and is available to order through R Sport – Renault Sport’s appointed UK importer.