BLG Racing

Team Manager Luke Warr
Team Principal Luke Warr
Telephone 01787 373030
Email burkitts@btinternet.com

BLG Racing is new to the Clio Cup in 2018 as is driver (and team chief) Luke Warr. The Suffolk set-up has previous success in club-level motor sport (sprints and pick-up trucks) and is a great example of how a small operation taking advantage of the Clio Cup's accessible nature to further its ambitions at a semi-professional level.

DRM

Team Manager Daniel Rowbottom
Team Principal Kevin Rowbottom
Telephone +44 (0)1562 827263
Email daniel@danielrowbottom.com
Website http://www.danielrowbottom.com/

2018 marks the third season in the Renault UK Clio Cup for the small, family-run DRM outfit which prepares a single car for team manager Daniel Rowbottom. With even greater support from loyal sponsor Cataclean, some big results are anticipated...

Matrix Motorsport

Team Manager Dave Hayes
Team Principal Jeff Alden
Telephone +44 (0)203 890 4778
Email david@matrixmotorsport.co.uk
Website www.matrixmotorsport.co.uk

The new team on the block! And the early signs are that it wll be immediately competitive with former BTCC racers Michael Epps and Andy Wilmot plus Aaron Thompson all setting competitive times in official pre-season testing. Managing the outfit is Dave Hayes who was instrumental in the TCR team's title-winning years in Clio Cup in years past. Team boss Jeff Alden has also forged an association with BTCC team Power Maxed Racing and one of its drivers, Senna Proctor.

MRM

Team Manager Mike Ritchie
Team Principal Mike Ritchie
Telephone +44 (0) 7759 437181
Email mike@mrm-racing.co.uk
Website http://mrm-racing.co.uk/

MRM is headed by Mike Ritchie, a respected race engineer from the multiple title-winning Team Pyro concern. 2018 marks MRM's first full season in the UK Clio Cup with driver Brett Lidsey who was competitive for the team in three outings in 2017 and, returning for her second full season, Jade Edwards. The team is definitely on the up having also won the inaugural Clio Cup Junior title in 2017 with 16-year-old sensation Jack Young who joins the MRM line-up from Snetterton onwards...

Specialized Motorsport

Team Manager Simon Horrobin
Team Principal Simon Horrobin
Telephone +44 (0) 7946 325413
Email simon@specializedwelding.co.uk
Website http://specializedmotorsport.com/

Former Clio Cup racer Simon Horrobin's squad has joined the Clio Cup from mid-season onwards in 2018 with the same driver it has enjoyed success with in other categories in recent years, Nick Reeve. Specialized also contributes in an engineering role behind the scenes to several BTCC teams so its proficiency in setting cars up is not in doubt and it should feel right at home in the paddock!

Team Pyro

The most successful team in UK Clio Cup history with eight drivers' titles in the past ten seasons (2008 Ben Winrow; 2009 Phil Glew; 2010 Dave Newsham; 2012 Jack Goff; 2013 Josh Files; 2014 Mike Bushell; 2015 Ashley Sutton; 2017 Mike Bushell). For 2018 it has recruited experienced race winner Max Coates plus three of UK motor sport's most exciting teen talents in 17-year-old Jack McCarthy and 16-year-olds Bradley Burns and Zak Fulk. Notably Burns is a protege of leading BTCC team BMR which has placed other drivers with Pyro in recent years, chiefly Ashley Sutton who won the Clio Cup crown in 2015 before going onto touring car stardom...

WDE Motorsport

Team Manager Paul Rivett
Team Principal Wayne Eason
Telephone +44 (0)1233 647401
Email info@wdemotorsport.com
Website www.wdemotorsport.com

WDE has been a major force in the UK Clio Cup since coming into the championship in 2014, having mounted a serious bids for both the drivers' and teams' titles every season. For 2018 it boasts the largest line-up of any team - six in total including one for Lewis Hamilton's brother Nic (see below). Furthermore, having come close to winning the Entrants Trophy crown for teams in 2017, Wayne Eason's outfit will be even more determined to westle the crown away from Team Pyro in 2018.

Westbourne Motorsport

Team Manager Richard Colburn
Team Principal Richard Colburn
Telephone +44 (0)1444 480170
Email motorsport@westbournemotors.co.uk
Website http://www.westbournemotorsport.co.uk/

After several seasons away, the highly respected Westbourne name returned in 2017 and was twice a winner with exciting young newcomer James Dorlin. Westbourne has retained his services for 2018 as well as those of former championship runner-up James Colburn. With strong support from some high profile sponsors, too, this could be its best chance yet of winning the prestigious Clio Cup title for the first time. Its line-up will expand to three cars from Snetterton onwards with the addition of another Colburn - James's younger brother Ben.

JET with WDE Motorsport

Team Manager Paul Rivett
Team Principal Wayne Eason
Telephone +44 (0)1233 6477401
Email info@wdemotorsport.com
Website http://www.nicolashamilton.com/#nicolashamilton

Running in deference to Nicolas Hamilton's primary sponsor, JET Petrol, this is still very much part of the WDE Motorsport set-up. However the arrangement enables Nic, JET and co to further promote their own brands before each event's tens of thousands of fans.

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