Ciceley Motorsport

Team Manager Adam Morgan
Team Principal Russell Morgan
Telephone 07980 587997
Email CiceleyMotorSport@ciceley.com
Website http://www.adammorganracing.co.uk

Ciceley runs its UK Clio Cup team alongside its race-winning British Touring squad, making it a formidable force on the grid with very obvious engineering and commercial capabilities. Max Coates, 3rd in the final standings in his debut season in 2016, enters 2017 among the firm title favourites and is joined by exciting ex-MINI men Luke Reade and Sam Osborne plus Jade Edwards – daughter and granddaughter of former one make Renault champs Jim Edwards Jnr and Jim Edwards Snr.

DRM

Team Manager Daniel Rowbottom
Team Principal Kevin Rowbottom
Telephone +44 (0)1562 827263
Email sales@drm-msport.co.uk
Website http://www.danielrowbottom.com/

Former karting star Daniel Rowbottom has gone it alone for 2017 with his own DRM squad but do not be fooled... the outfit, with strong backing from global automotive brand Cataclean, has the capability to challenge for wins and the title (something Rowbottom says he is only interested in after showing some great speed in his debut season in 2016).

JamSport Racing

Team Manager Sam Cotton
Team Principal Jamie Going
Telephone +44 (0)1604 755529
Email racing@jam-sport.co.uk
Website http://www.jam-sport-racing.co.uk

JamSport goes into 2017 eager to defend the drivers' crown it so brilliantly achieved in 2016 with star driver Ant Whorton-Eales – only its second full season in the championship. Former Fiesta Junior champ Aaron Thompson plus Lucas Orrock – rapid in one-make saloons elsewhere including Europe – form part of its all-new line-up. 'Fiftysomething' enthusiast Graham Field also stays on board...

MRM

Team Manager Mike Ritchie
Team Principal Mike Ritchie
Telephone +44 (0) 7759 437181
Email mike@mrm-racing.co.uk
Website http://mrm-racing.co.uk/

MRM is headed by Mike Ritchie, a respected race engineer from the multiple title-winning Team Pyro concern. 2017 marks its first foray into the UK Clio Cup. Likewise driver Brett Lidsey with whom MRM has previously enjoyed success in the BARC's Michelin Clio Cup Series. Its only planned outings are at Thruxton and Brands Hatch GP, but expect both team and driver to impress having also won rounds with its latest-generation UK Clio Cup car in Europe...

PP Motorsport

Team Manager John Creasey
Team Principal John Creasey
Telephone +44 (0)1522 568 247
Email info@ppmotorsport.co.uk
Website www.ppmotorsport.co.uk

PP Motorsport is another of the UK Clio Cup's highly potent one-car entries, even more so in 2017 having signed former championship runner-up James Colburn for the full season. Furthermore it has increased its behind-the-scenes technical collaboration with the very experienced Westbourne squad. Full credit to businessman John Creasey who's skilfully used the UK Clio Cup's commercial opportunities to get his team into such strong shape so quickly ahead, he hopes, of a future move into the BTCC...

SDR Motorsport

Team Manager Shayne Deegan
Team Principal John Deegan
Telephone +44 (0)7525 477517
Email Shayne@sdrmotorsport.co.uk
Website www.regency-autos.co.uk

When other plans fell through (not their doing), father and son John and Shayne Deegan were left with no option but to make the late call and 'go it alone' with their own team for 2017. However they've smartly taken advantage of the championship's sensible budgets to make it happen and Deegan (Shayne) is highly talented – as proven by his many titles in other forms of motor sport. Expect some giant killing performances from arguably the smallest team on the grid...

STR Norwich

Team Manager Shawn Taylor
Team Principal Shawn Taylor
Telephone +44 (0)1603 626668
Email workshop@strgb.co.uk
Website www.st-racing.com

Ex motorcycle road racer Shawn Taylor has formed his own small one-car team to compete in the UK Clio Cup for the first time in 2017. The reason: he wants to have fun! And it's a truly colourful entrance... his car is in a distinctive yellow, green and back colourscheme in deference to his native Norwich!

Team Pyro

Very possibly the most successful team in UK Clio Cup history with seven drivers' titles alone in the past nine seasons (2008 Ben Winrow; 2009 Phil Glew; 2010 Dave Newsham; 2012 Jack Goff; 2013 Josh Files; 2014 Mike Bushell; 2015 Ashley Sutton). Indeed since that first title in '08 Mark Hunt's squad has been beaten only twice to the crown and, having lost in 2016, it will undoubtedly be out for revenge in 2017... Bushell leads its stellar line-up once more this season, joined by 2015 runner-up Ash Hand, 16-year-old karting sensation Jack McCarthy, ex-MINI Challenge rtitle protagonist Nathan Harrison and exciting newcomer Kyle Hornby.

WDE Motorsport

Team Manager Paul Rivett
Team Principal Wayne Eason
Telephone +44 (0)1233 647401
Email info@wdemotorsport.com
Website www.wdemotorsport.com

WDE has been a major force in the UK Clio Cup since coming into the championship in 2014 having mounted a serious title campaign with 'lead driver' (three-time Champion) Paul Rivett three seasons in a row. For 2017 it has secured by far its strongst line-up yet as Rivett is joined by proven race-winners Lee Pattison and Paul Streather and promising youngster Dan Zelos. From Oulton Park's rounds onwards Nicolas Hamilton - brother of triple F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton - makes it a five-car line-up. Expect fireworks from the Kent-based squad.

Westbourne Motorsport

Team Manager Richard Colburn
Team Principal Richard Colburn
Telephone +44 (0)1444 480170
Email motorsport@westbournemotors.co.uk
Website http://www.westbournemotorsport.co.uk/

After several seasons away, the highly respected Westbourne name returns and looks set to continue where it left off - by challenging for wins and very possibly the title. Richard Colburn's squad is four-strong and includes very promising young British talents James Dorlin and Myles Collins as well as rapid Italian Ambrogio Perfetti and Swiss Oscar Rovelli who bring sponsorship from big confectionary brand Chupa Chups!

Bob Ross Racing

Team Manager Bob Ross
Team Principal Bob Ross
Telephone +44 (0)7830 374015
Email bobrossracing@hotmail.com
Website http://www.bobrossracing.co.uk/

This very small father and son team effort makes its UK Clio Cup debut in 2017 with a one-off outing at Rockingham using the ex-Ashley Sutton title-winning car from 2015. Having won titles in club-level motor sport, it will be interesting to see how it performs...

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