Clio Cup talent gets Mégane ‘touring car’ chance

Teenage Renault UK Clio Cup title hopeful Jack Young was set to make his international touring car race debut in a Mégane R.S. as we went to press.
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The 17-year-old from Belfast flew straight from his latest Clio Cup races at Knockhill in Scotland to Barcelona, Spain to compete in the TCR Europe championship with Swiss team Vukovic Motorsport.

Vukovic has race tuned the new Mégane R.S for TCR regulations. This boosts engine power to 350bhp/420Nm.

The car is fitted with: a BOSCH engine management system, wiring loom, power box and dashboard; a SACHS twin-disc clutch, MacPherson suspension front and rear with adjustable two-way dampers; AP brakes front and rear (380mm ventilated discs with six pistons at the front); and 10x18-inch OZ racing wheels.

Young got his first taste of the Mégane at Hockneheim in Germany in the week leading up to his latest Clio Cup races at Knockhill in Scotland (see separate story).

His drive in it has the support of Renault Sport Racing.

Heading to Barcelona, Young said: “We don’t really have any expectations from the TCR races.

“The Mégane is still undergoing development but it’s an interesting project as well as an exciting opportunity.

“We can go to Barcelona under the radar with no real pressure – if it goes well then that’s a bonus.”

He added: “The Mégane is quite a bit different in terms of feeling to the Clio Cup car, particularly under braking and in power delivery. Quite a bit of that is down to it being built to TCR specification.

“But the Hockenheim test means I should be able to acclimatise quite quickly and get on with the job on track. It’s a new experience for me and hopefully I can help the team progress with the car’s performance.

“The competition and type of close racing I’ve become used to in the Clio Cup will certainly help a lot as it has many drivers in the past who have gone on to some big results in touring cars and other forms of motor sport.”