The Courier Connections Renault UK Clio Cup – one of the flagship motor sport series run by the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) – has appointed Will Fewkes as its new Championship Manager with immediate effect.
Fewkes has a long relationship with Renault through his father Roy, who acted as an MSA Technical Commissioner for Renault-run championships for over a decade.
He has also worked closely alongside the likes of FIA World Touring Car Champion Rob Huff, GP2 Series race-winner Jon Lancaster, Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship contenders Adam Morgan and Árón Smith, GP3 Series front-runner Emil Bernstorff, rallycross specialist Marklund Motorsport at X Games and Nicolas Hamilton – younger brother of Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton – in a marketing and PR consultancy role.
Fewkes joins the Renault UK Clio Cup during an exciting era for the popular single-make BTCC feeder and support series, with the advent of the new 1.6-litre, turbocharged Clio Renaultsport Cup car this year having generated some superb wheel-to-wheel racing and a pulsating title tussle. It is a challenge he is palpably relishing.
“It’s fair to say that I’m very much a product of the Renault UK motor sport scene through my father,” he reflected. “I was brought up within that environment, so I’m extremely aware of the business.
“This is a natural next step for me – I’ve enjoyed a lifelong relationship with Renault, and it feels like I’m coming home. I’m looking forward immensely to continuing to work with both Renault and the BARC, and I am fully committed to ensuring we all move forward together. I can’t wait to get my teeth into the role!”
The 2014 Renault UK Clio Cup season finale at Brands Hatch GP in mid-October will be Fewkes’ first weekend officially in charge of the championship, and BARC Business Development Manager Ian Watson is confident that it will not take him long to settle in.
“Will has been around motor sport since he was knee-high to a grasshopper, and we believe his knowledge of the Renault way of working, experience within the paddock and first-class credentials make him the ideal candidate to take on the management of the burgeoning Renault UK Clio Cup,” Watson explained.
“Will has already made an excellent impression and is in direct liaison with the championship’s competitors and teams. He will use Brands Hatch as a springboard towards what we all hope and expect to be an even more successful season for the series in 2015. We welcome him on-board.”