Fast-track to car racing with Clio Cup ARDS test day

Organisers of the Michelin Clio Cup Road Series are to hold a special ‘Clio Cup ARDS Test Day’ at Rockingham in Northamptonshire next Thursday, 5th December, where graduates from karting and motorsport novices will be able to gain their racing licence before testing a competition-ready Clio Renaultsport 197.

Providing the best possible introduction to car racing for karters, complete rookies and trackday enthusiasts who wish to branch out into competitive action, the specially arranged day will feature cars supplied by Monster Sport Europe, SWB Motorsport and Jade Developments.

Priced at £700 plus VAT for the full day, attendees will be taken through their ARDS (Association of Racing Drivers Schools) test during the morning and, on completion, will then be able to sample a race-converted Michelin Clio Cup Road Series car on Rockingham’s National Circuit.

Following a five lap familiarisation of the 1.7-mile infield track, alongside a fully qualified instructor, each participant will embark on a brace of 10 lap runs at the wheel of a Clio Renaultsport 197 fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport 3 road tyres. All drivers must be 16-years-of-age or older.

Teams operating cars during testing in the afternoon will require a fully refundable bond of £2,000 via credit card from each driver, which will be held against any potential damage. In the unfortunate event any damage is caused to one of the Clios, the cost of repair will be taken from the bond.

Bookings for the day are being taken now – either call Will Thomas at Rockingham on 01536 270143 or visit the following link:

“We really are absolutely delighted to be able to offer this special ARDS day to drivers eyeing a move into car racing in 2014”, said Michelin Clio Cup Road Series promoter Simon North, “It’s a fantastic, and rare actually, opportunity for a driver to gain their racing licence and then almost immediately get behind the wheel of a race-ready car.

“Rockingham is a great venue for a day like this and we’re confident it’s going to prove incredibly popular with karters, trackday enthusiasts and also those who perhaps have a desire to begin racing but who haven’t yet accrued any form of circuit experience.”

Michelin Clio Cup Road Series, which is administered by the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC), enjoyed a strong maiden season this year and grids are expected to significantly increase in 2014 when the category becomes a fully-fledged championship.

Designed to be the ideal entry point into saloon car racing, particularly with its cost-effectiveness, the Road Series has already proven its worth by propelling drivers into the sister Michelin Clio Cup Race Series. From there, competitors can remain part of the Renault ‘family’ by progressing into the blue riband national Renault UK Clio Cup which supports the British Touring Car Championship.

North added: “We established the Clio Cup Series this year with the intention of producing the perfect entry-level category, and we feel we’ve achieved that. Young karter Sam Randon became a race winner with us in the Road Series this year, as did Jake Honour who was a complete motorsport novice at the start of the season. It really is the perfect place to begin your saloon car career.”

Along with headline sponsors Michelin and Protyre, the Clio Cup Series is additionally supported by Safety Devices, Mark Fish Motorsport and The Lubricant Consultancy.