24/08/2017

STR eyeing Clio Cup Junior entry as part of 2018 expansion

Renault UK Clio Cup team boss Shawn Taylor says his STR squad is seriously looking at expanding into the category’s new Clio Cup Junior championship.
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He has already confirmed it is looking to increase its numbers in the senior UK Clio Cup which features at the British Touring Car Championship’s high profile events (see separate story).

But he said: “Going Clio Cup Junior would be logical, particularly as you can double up on the cars – in other words run one car in both championships as the modifications to run in one or the other are very straightforward. It’s a very good concept.”

Indeed all that is required is a switch to high performance Michelin road tyres instead of racing slicks and a simple change to the car’s ECU to transform it from senior to Junior specification (five gears instead of six and a maximum speed of 100mph).

Taylor added: “The really nice thing here is that in either championship you can’t go making major changes to the cars meaning whichever guise they are in they remain relatively easy to work on.

“Another thing we are also finding out very quickly is just how reliable these cars are – that makes life easier for everyone concerned, especially the teams, drivers and sponsors.”

To contact STR telephone +44 (0)1603 626668 or email workshop@strgb.co.uk