2014 Renault UK Clio Cup runner-up Josh Cook – who now runs his own team in the Clio Cup – has arguably been the revelation of the new touring car season. He led at Donington Park and was again in the thick of the front-running action at Thruxton.
It was with 2011 Clio Cup runner-up Aron Smith that he fought for the lead at Donington. And it was Smith who set the fastest touring car lap of the weekend at Thruxton as he achieved his maiden BTCC pole position.
Jack Goff, 2012 Clio Cup Champion, has been another revelation. Having already shown superb form in his first two BTCC seasons, his 2015 has got off to a terrific start. Team-mate Andrew Jordan, the 2013 BTCC champ and another former Clio Cup star, has also never been far away from the top step of the podium…
Then of course there are two true touring car heavyweights in Jason Plato and Andy Priaulx – both winners of the Renault Spider sportscar category in front of the BTCC crowds in the late Nineties. Plato took an astonishing 90th BTCC career race win at Thruxton to keep up his bid for a third crown while Priaulx, as expected of a three-times World touring car champ, has been at the heart of the action from the moment he made his return to the BTCC at Brands Hatch on Easter weekend where he was on pole position.
In fact count in Colin Turkington – who raced in Renault UK's Clio Cup winter series prior to moving into the BTCC – and all three touring car qualifying sessions held so far in 2015 have been topped by past Renault single model racers (Priaulx, Turkington, Smith).
Twelve of the 23 drivers to have scored points so far in this year’s BTCC have previously raced in the Clio Cup.
Furthermore a third of the outright podium positions from the BTCC’s opening three events have been filled by drivers who have previously raced in Renault championships…