Scott’s BMR squad confirmed yesterday it will expand its current set-up at BTCC events to enter a car in the Clio Cup for rising British star Ashley Sutton. It is all part of bringing on young drivers in preparation for the BTCC.
Two of BMR’s drivers in 2014’s BTCC – Aron Smith and Jack Goff (Champion in 2012) – had moved directly into touring cars from the Clio Cup. Smith won two races en route to ninth in the standings. In fact nine of 2014’s 30 BTCC races were won by drivers with full Clio Cup campaigns behind them…
Scott commented: “I’m in this for the long run and want to make Team BMR a real success in the BTCC. The Clio Cup is the place to train the young drivers and bring them through. It’s a real breeding ground for touring cars, as we’ve seen with Jack (Goff) and Aron (Smith) and gives drivers the skills they need.
“Racing isn’t just about driving the car – there’s so much more to it. Our current BTCC drivers have got a lot of experience to share, so it’ll be a brilliant opportunity for Ashley (Sutton) and any other drivers we might run in Clios to benefit from that as part of Team BMR.”
The opening two races of this year’s 18-race Renault UK Clio Cup will take place at the world famous Brands Hatch circuit in Kent on the weekend of Sat 4th/Sun 5th April. All the races will take place during British Touring Car events meaning huge trackside crowds and live television coverage on ITV4.
Current top touring car names with Clio Cup/Renault single-model history
Colin Turkington, BTCC Champion 2009 & 2014, contested 2000 Clio Winter Series
Jason Plato, BTCC Champion 2001 & 2010, Renault Spider sportscar Champion 1996
Andy Priaulx, World Touring Car Champion 2005, 2006 & 2007, Renault Spider sportscar Champion 1999
Robert Huff, World Touring Car Champion 2012, contested 2002 Clio Cup
Andrew Jordan, BTCC Champion 2013, contested 2007 Clio Cup
Mat Jackson, top BTCC name, contested 2000 Clio Cup
Sam Tordoff, BTCC race-winner, 2010 Renault UK Clio Cup Third Overall
Aron Smith, BTCC race-winner, 2011 Renault UK Clio Cup Vice-Champion
Jack Goff, front-running BTCC driver, Renault UK Clio Cup Champion 2012
Dave Newsham, BTCC race-winner, Renault UK Clio Cup Champion 2010
The Renault UK Clio Cup will hold its pre-season launch at the Rockingham Circuit in Northamptonshire on Wednesday 25th March. Those media wishing to attend should email Clio Cup Media Officer Carl McKellar firstname.lastname@example.org. The day will include media driving the stunning Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo EDC on which the Clio Cup race car is based and being taken for passenger laps of the Rockingham circuit in Clio Cup race cars by some of the drivers who will be fighting to win this year’s coveted title.
RACE DATES: 2015 RENAULT UK CLIO CUP
Sat 4th/Sun 5th Apr Rounds 1 & 2 Brands Hatch Indy, Kent
Sat 18th/Sun 19th Apr Rounds 3 & 4 Donington Park, Leics
Sat 9th/Sun 10th May Rounds 5 & 6 Thruxton, Hants
Sat 6th/Sun 7th June Rounds 7 & 8 Oulton Park Island, Cheshire
Sat 27th/Sun 28th June Rounds 9 & 10 Croft, North Yorks
Sat 22nd/Sun 23rd Aug Rounds 11 & 12 Knockhill, Fife
Sat 5th/Sun 6th Sept Rounds 13 & 14 Rockingham, Northants
Sat 26th/Sun 27th Sept Rounds 15 & 16 Silverstone National, Northants
Sat 10th/Sun 11th Oct Rounds 17 & 18 Brands Hatch Grand Prix, Kent