The Renault UK Clio Cup is Europe's most competitive single-make saloon car championship and unrivalled in producing so many of the top names in touring car racing in the UK.
As in previous seasons, all 18 of the UK Clio Cup's races in 2019 will take place at the British Touring Car Championship’s high-profile events.
That means trackside crowds of over 38,000 people while ITV devotes some 140 hours' live coverage to the events on its ITV4 and ITV4 HD channels.
In 2019, the BTCC's events – including the supporting Clio Cup action – will be the only form of motor sport in the UK scheduled to receive live coverage all season long on free-to-air TV.
Furthermore races will also be streamed live to mobile devices via ITV.com. Highlights will appear on ITV's Motorsport UK show (ITV1 and ITV4).
As ever, the BTCC teams will be watching to see who stands out as a potential star signing for the future. Notably in 2018, 16 of the BTCC's 30 rounds were won by former Clio Cup drivers; seven also finished inside the BTCC's championship top 12. Think of names such as Colin Turkington, Ashley Sutton, Andrew Jordan, Jack Goff, Sam Tordoff, Josh Cook, Senna Proctor, Chris Smiley, Daniel Lloyd, Mike Bushell...
Elsewhere, 11 of the new TCR touring car category's 14 rounds were won by drivers with Clio Cup experience...
Each car on the UK Clio Cup grid – a race-spec version of the potent 'Gen 4' Clio Renault Sport 220 Trophy – is identical and prepared by highly professional teams, some with very obvious links to the BTCC. In addition the trademark bumper-to-bumper racing on track makes the UK Clio Cup the most exciting supporting category alongside the BTCC.
A season’s budget ranges from approximately £75,000 to £95,000 (including insurance costs). The Clio Cup race car is priced at 46,300 Euros and is available to order through R Sport – Renault Sport’s appointed UK importer.