The list of entries (below) has been unveiled at the Clio Cup’s pre-season launch at the Rockingham circuit today. There are now just ten days before the season gets under way with the first two of the championship’s 18 races at the Brands Hatch circuit in Kent (Sat 4th/Sun 5th April).
All 18 Clio Cup races in 2015 will take place at British Touring Car events meaning huge trackside crowds and live TV coverage on ITV4.
The eventual Champion will win high-profile tests in both Renaultsport’s sensational 500bhp R.S.0.1 silhouette car that races in Europe and, courtesy of the Clio Cup’s tyre supplier Dunlop, a British Touring Car with the Motorbase team.
Of 2015’s entry, Jordan Stilp (20Ten) and Paul Rivett (WDE) are proven race winners in the Clio Cup – Stilp came close to winning 2014’s crown and Rivett won the title in 2002, 2004 and 2011. Nine drivers are new to the championship including two with proven track records in the Clio Cup’s sister British Touring Car supporting categories – Jack Mitchell won 2014’s Ginetta Junior title and Ashley Sutton was one of the leading names in the MSA Formula (Ford) championship and later a finalist of the prestigious McLaren Autosport Young Driver of the Year Award.
Mitchell, born 7 April 1998 and who will therefore not turn 17 until after Brands Hatch’s races, will become the youngest driver on the grid in 2015 – beating 17-year-olds Thomas Grundy (born 2 Sept 1997) and Rory Collingbourne (9 Sept 1997)! Notably Grundy, who originates from Leeds, will fly to and from each race from his home in Dubai…
Elsewhere Team Pyro is looking to add a seventh drivers’ title in eight years while SV Racing heads into the new season as the reigning Teams Champion. Contesting their first full seasons in the Clio Cup are both the JamSport and BKR squads – the latter having signed Freddie Hunt, son of Britain’s 1976 Formula 1 World Champion James Hunt.
Furthermore the obvious links between the Clio Cup and British Touring Car Championship grid continue to increase: top BTCC team BMR has entered Sutton’s car in partnership with Pyro; Brett Smith is the son of BTCC racer Jeff Smith; Ash Hand is receiving tutelage from BTCC star and three-times World Touring Car champ Andy Priaulx; advising BKR is 2014 Clio Cup Champion and now BTCC racer Mike Bushell; Cooksport is run by Josh Cook, 2014 Clio Cup Vice-Champion and who himself has now followed Bushell into the BTCC.
Close to half the current BTCC grid – including the majority of the leading names – have all competed in or won the Clio Cup or come from another of Renault UK’s single-model racing categories.
Entry List (provisional): 2015 Renault UK Clio Cup
No. Driver , Hometown, Team
1. Ash Hand, Nuneaton, Team Pyro
3. Dan Holland, Dagenham, JamSport Racing
10. Ant Whorton-Eales, Lichfield, SV Racing
13. Rory Collingbourne (G), Newport, Team Cooksport
16. Ashley Sutton (G), Bishops Stortford, Team BMR with Pyro
19. Jack Mitchell (G), West Kingsdown, SV Racing
22. Paul Rivett, Epsom, WDE Motorsport
24. George Jackson (G), Bedford, JamSport Racing
32. Charles Ladell (G), Nacton, Team Cooksport
35. Ben Seyfried (M), Yeovil, SV Racing
38. Mark Howard (M), Nottingham, 20Ten Racing
39. Brett Smith (G), Wellingborough, Team Pyro
43. Thomas Grundy (G), Jumeriah, Dubai, JamSport Racing
50. Graham Field (M), Southwell, 20Ten Racing
63. Rory Green (G), Hildenborough, WDE Motorsport
76. Freddie Hunt, Petworth, Team BKR
92. Jordan Stilp (G), Towcester, 20Ten Racing
TBC, TBC, TBC, SV Racing
G: Graduate Cup (for drivers aged under 23 on 1 April and in their first full season of UK Clio Cup)
M: Masters Cup ( for drivers aged over 38 on 1 April)