03/11/2017

Former UK Clio Cup drivers on top again in BTCC, TCR and GT competition

Drivers with Renault UK Clio Cup pasts again excelled in 2017, nowhere more so than in the British Touring Car Championship whose Jack Sears Trophy was won for the fifth year in a row by a former driver from the category.
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Senna Proctor, eighth in 2016’s UK Clio Cup, joined Lee Wood (2013), Dave Newsham (2014), Josh Cook (2015) and Ashley Sutton (2016) in receiving the trophy – awarded to the highest placed newcomer in the BTCC across most rounds.

Proctor’s success added to that of Ashley Sutton who, just two years after lifting the UK Clio Cup crown, won the BTCC title outright (see separate story).

In fact it was ex-UK Clio Cup drivers who emerged as the top three rookies in 2017’s BTCC with 2016 Champion Ant Whorton-Eales and race-winner Josh Price taking second and third in the Jack Sears Trophy standings.

Meanwhile 2005 UK Clio Cup Champion Jonathan Adam continued his remarkable run of success in GT racing. Having won back to back British GT crowns in 2015 and 2016 he this year triumphed at the world’s greatest sportscar race, the Le Mans 24 Hours with victory in the LMGTE Pro class for Aston Martin Racing. Among his team-mates was another past Renault Sport UK racer, 1996 Formula Renault runner-up Darren Turner!

To touring car racing overseas, 2002 UK Clio Cup racer Rob Huff was among the TCR International Series’s leading names with four podium results from 12 races contested including a victory.

Huff also starred in a one-off return to the BTCC this season (as stand-in team-mate to Proctor) when he led and took a second place outright at Silverstone and has a strong chance still of winning the World Touring Car Championship’s independents’ title…

Josh Files, UK Clio Cup Champion in 2013, won a second consecutive German TCR title with six victories in total. This was after he had also wrapped up the Middle East TCR championship.