Grundy flew in from his native Dubai to pull the wraps of his multi-coloured race-spec Clio Renaultsport 220 Trophy and caught the eye of huge numbers of people to attend the show at Birmingham’s NEC. Indeed it looks set to stand out as one of the most eye-catching cars not only on the UK Clio Cup grid but in British motor sport this year.
“I got the idea when I saw something similar on an American NASCAR. But the colours on that were still a bit too dull for me so I decided to do something about that,” said 18-year-old Tom. “It’s taken the best part of a year to get it all matched up and my team-mate Ant Whorton-Eales’s company has then applied it as a vinyl wrap – the reaction at the show has been awesome and I hope it puts a smile on the faces of all the fans who watch us at race events or live on ITV this season.”
JamSport now has the car back at its Northampton race team workshop as it begins preparing for the 2016 UK Clio Cup which starts with an official championship launch on Weds 23 March at the Rockingham circuit in Northants and then the opening two races of the new season at Brands Hatch, Kent on Sat 2/Sun 3 April.
All 18 UK Clio Cup races this year will take place at the British Touring Car Championship’s high-profile events – each attracting huge trackside crowds (the average in 2015 was 38,500) plus live coverage on the ITV4 channel.
Following great success for the championship in 2015, its 2016 grid is really starting to shape up – as well as Grundy and Whorton-Eales (JamSport), other recent announcements have included Rory Green and Charles Ladell (WDE Motorsport) as well as a number of wholly new driver-team combinations including JHR Developments and Senna Proctor, Ciceley Motorsport and Ollie Pidgley and Team EcoMotive and Daniel Rowbottom.
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CALENDAR: 2016 RENAULT UK CLIO CUP
Rounds Date Circuit
1 & 2 Sat 2/Sun 3 April Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent
3 & 4 Sat 16/Sun 17 April Donington Park (National), Leics
5 & 6 Sat 7/Sun 8 May Thruxton, Hants
7 & 8 Sat 4/Sun 5 June Oulton Park (Island), Cheshire
9 & 10 Sat 18/Sun 19 June Croft, North Yorks
11 & 12 Sat 30/Sun 31 July Snetterton, Norfolk
13 & 14 Sat 27/Sun 28 August Rockingham, Northants
15 & 16 Sat 17/Sun 18 Sept Silverstone (National), Northants
17 & 18 Sat 1/Sun 2 October Brands Hatch (Grand Prix), Kent