Clio Cup Junior set for dramatic Brands Hatch title showdown

The inaugural Renault UK Clio Cup Junior championship is set for a nail-biting title showdown at Brands Hatch (18-19 Nov) with seven drivers potentially in with a chance of being crowned its first Champion and winning a dream prize worth £18,000.
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Six races so far have produced four different winners: 14-year-old Lorcan Hanafin, 16-year-old Jack Young and 17-year-olds Max Marzorati and Ethan Hammerton.


Belfast’s Young, driving for MRM, leads the standings heading to the Brands Hatch finale ahead of Marzorati, another 14-year-old Gus Burton and Hammerton and it is these four who have the best chance.


However there is a ‘two-dropped-scores’ rule to also consider. This means each driver must discard his or her two lowest scores and right now this swings things in favour of Marzorati as his worst pair of results add up to less than those of Young.


The dropped scores rule also means 17-year-old Connor Grady and 15-year-olds Harry Gooding and Louis Doyle have a small, outside chance of winning the title.


Harrow’s Marzorati, driving for Team Pyro, took his third win of the campaign so far in the championship’s latest event at Pembrey in Carmarthenshire (15 Oct). However he needed to re-pass Young to do it as their cars crossed the finish line separated by just three tenth of a second.

Young’s win had come earlier that day at Pembrey while JamSport’s Hammerton and Pyro’s Hanafin took their wins at Snetterton and Brands Hatch in September when again positions in both qualifying and races were decided by minute fractions of a second.


Indeed wherever Renault UK’s newest racing category has gone the action has been ultra-close and made a positive impression on those watching.


Jeremy Townsend, Communications Director for Groupe Renault UK, commented: “Much of this has been down to the very high calibre of young driver that Clio Cup Junior has attracted with the majority of the grid comprising winners from international and national karting and other forms of junior car racing.


 “The drivers have also been quick to point out how much more evenly matched the Clio Cup Junior cars are compared to those that they’ve experienced in other single-make categories and that is testament to the professional organisation behind the championship.

“All the feedback continues to tell us that Clio Cup Junior is setting new standards for junior saloon car racing in the UK in terms of performance, technical excellence, safety and driver enjoyment.”


Clio Cup Junior is for 14 to 17-year-old drivers in cars near identical to those used in the senior Renault UK Clio Cup which races live on ITV4 alongside the high profile British Touring Car Championship.

The only differences are the cars are limited to 100mph and five gears instead of six (still using the same Sadev racing paddle shift gearbox) and use high performance road tyres, Michelin’s Pilot Sport 3, instead of racing ‘slicks’.


Whoever is crowned Champion at Brands Hatch will win a free registration into the senior UK Clio Cup – a prize valued at £18,000.


Stop press: A fifth team, Westbourne Motorsport, will join the Clio Cup Jnr grid at the Brands Hatch finale with a car for new Junior Saloon Car champion Will Dyrdal.