24/08/2016

“Terrific interest” in 2017 Renault UK Clio Cup as 2016 title race reaches critical point

The Renault UK Clio Cup arrives at Rockingham this weekend for the latest rounds of its 2016 calendar amid “terrific interest” already for its 2017 season according to championship chief Will Fewkes.
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Bigger grid sizes plus an even greater quality of entrant has turned 2016’s UK Clio Cup into an all-time classic season with an increasing number of teams and drivers achieving podium results and race wins.

Heading to Northamptonshire’s Rockingham circuit (for rounds 13 and 14 out of 18), as many as 15 drivers representing six different teams could still be crowned Champion.

And commented Fewkes, Renault Sport UK’s Motorsport Championship Manager: “That is just one of many facts that reflect how open and competitive the UK Clio Cup has become since we put in a new team of people behind the scenes two years ago.

“The transformation has been fantastic to watch and there is a real buzz surrounding the UK Clio Cup paddock both from teams and drivers on our grid and other categories supporting the British Touring Car Championship, as well as further afield.

“All this has led to a flood of very positive calls about 2017 and often the message is the same – we want to race on the big stage, get value for money and be treated fairly and we like what you are doing.

“Well in UK motor sport it doesn’t any bigger than appearing alongside the BTCC with its huge crowds and live coverage on ITV4 – remember that we have announced we will remain with the BTCC’s events through to the end of 2019 at least.

“There is then the quality of the UK Clio Cup race car, the expertise and commitment of the team running the championship and the very equal treatment we apply to each participant.

“There is terrific interest and I expect that interest may become even greater with an announcement we hope to make in the near future.”

Meanwhile Fewkes is looking forward to the 2016 UK Clio Cup’s title race run-in which has six races still to go – this weekend’s pair at Rockingham plus a further two each at Silverstone and then Brands Hatch.

He added: “Mike Bushell and Ant Whorton-Eales might have the points in the bag but the next dozen or so could all yet have a say and are sure to be fired up going to Rockingham – some with absolutely nothing to lose which at this stage of a season always adds to the drama and unpredictability for those watching.

“Certainly it’s the time of year when nerves are that bit more on edge and tempers also start to become frayed – a scenario that all media, marshals, ITV4 viewers and those watching trackside can look forward to.”