The trio each starred in this year’s UK Clio Cup and have accepted the invitation to be on the grid at Paul Ricard. The circuit being used is the same full-length configuration that hosted this year’s French Formula 1 Grand Prix…
There they will come up against top talent from Renault Sport’s other Clio Cup championships including those held in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Central Europe as well as China.
The competition will come down to a single 25-minute plus one lap final and the winner will receive a new Mégane R.S 280.
North Yorkshire’s Coates, winner of four races in 2018’s UK Clio Cup, said: “It’s going to be a challenge against other drivers from mainland Europe who will already know the circuit, but I’m going to give it my best shot and hopefully I can come away with a shiny new Mégane R.S 280!”
Lidsey and Young both race for the MRM team. Lidsey, from Northfleet, added: “There are going to be a lot of good drivers going to Paul Ricard but I want to use the event to show what we are capable of.
Young, from Belfast, made history at Brands Hatch at the end of September when, still aged 16, he became the youngest driver in history to qualify on pole position for a UK Clio Cup race.
Recently turned 17, he enthused: “I believe that out of all the Clio Cup championships the UK one is probably the hardest so if I’ve been on the pace in that then I hope to be near the front at Paul Ricard.”
Meanwhile it will require a hearing by British motor sport’s governing the MSA’s National Court to decide who has won 2018’s UK Clio Cup title.
James Dorlin was crowned the provisional Champion after winning a nail biting last round at Brands Hatch (30 Sept) live on ITV4 to overcome main rivals Paul Rivett, Max Coates and Daniel Rowbottom.
However an appeal by Rivett and his WDE Motorsport team against disqualification for an on-track incident in a race at Silverstone a fortnight earlier meant Dorlin would have to wait until the MSA hearing to discover if his title stands.
Should Rivett’s disqualification be overturned by the MSA, then he could be reinstated to third place in Silverstone’s results – giving him back 18 points which would make him the Champion for the fourth time in his career.