The Clio Cup, for racing versions of Renault’s potent Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo EDC, will once more star at Dunlop British Touring Car Championship events in 2015. The two opening rounds of its 18-round calendar will take place at the world-famous Brands Hatch circuit in Kent on the weekend of Sat 4th/Sun 5th April...
Cheshire’s Buxton, who won the Clio Cup crown himself as a driver in 2001, commented: “Ant is title material and I know that every team on the grid has been trying to lure him away during the winter break. We came very close to the drivers’ title with Josh Cook last year and managed to lift the Teams trophy – with Ant I believe we can do the double.
“He was one of the stand-out talents in 2014 – massive speed, leading races and finishing on the podium plenty but race wins just didn’t come his way. A bit like me in my first year in 2000!
“He’s told me fair and square that he has unfinished business with us. He wants to win and win properly, from the front. He really wants to stick it to rest.”
Whorton-Eales said: “This will actually be my fourth season in Clios but it was only last year that things really started to click for me with SVR. I suppose there is an expectation because of my experience and some people will probably label me the title favourite but I’m cool with that.
“I’m definitely experienced enough to know that in the Clio Cup it doesn’t come easily. I also expect some of the new names to be on the pace quickly and some of the drivers who it didn’t quite gel for in 2014 to have really got up to speed during the winter months.”
Whorton-Eales hopes in the future to emulate fellow Lichfielder Andrew Jordan who also raced in the Clio Cup before going on to become a BTCC Champion.
“There is actually a bit of a competition between us to see who can get the most coverage in our local media after each race weekend,” added Whorton-Eales. “Obviously Andrew is now one of the best touring car names in the world and it would be fantastic to achieve something similar to him.”
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
OTHER KEY DATES
Wed 25 March Pre-Season Media Launch, Rockingham, Northants