04/02/2019

Clock ticking down to start of 2019 Renault UK Clio Cup season

The countdown has begun! There are now barely two months to go before the start of the Renault UK Clio Cup’s final season gets under way at Brands Hatch.
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The dates for rounds one and two of 2019’s championship are Sat 6-Sun 7 April and tickets can be purchased by CLICKING HERE.

From there the Clio Cup will head off on a nationwide tour of eight further events – each time racing alongside the British Touring Car Championship. It all adds up to 18 rounds in total (two rounds per event) with the final pair being staged back at Brands Hatch in mid-October.

The races will be historical as they will witness the final moments of the UK Clio Cup after it was confirmed in December that 2019 would be the championship’s last season. Later in the year we’ll take a look back at some of the Clio Cup’s greatest moments since it first ran from 1991-1995 and then again from 2000 right up to today.

Prior to the opening rounds, there is the Clio Cup’s traditional pre-season Media Day launch and R.S. enthusiasts/owners are invited to attend in their cars. The date is Friday 22 March; the venue Silverstone, Northants.

Meanwhile there is great news for the Clio Cup’s final season: its position alongside the BTCC means it will again star in front of trackside crowds of over 38,000 people each time and receive LIVE coverage on ITV4 and ITV4 HD and also be live-streamed to mobile devices.

Significantly, alongside the BTCC means it forms part of the only major motor sport to be receiving live season-long coverage on a free-to-air television channel in the UK in 2019 (Channel 4’s coverage of Formula 1 is limited to just one live race – the British Grand Prix).

A number of drivers have already revealed their plans for the 2019 Clio Cup season…

Max Coates, one of the chief title contenders in 2018, is back for his fourth season with a new team, Team HARD which also competes in the BTCC. Coates surely has to be among the title favourites… Fellow North Yorkshireman Ethan Hammerton has signed to be his team-mate. Hammerton has starred in various junior categories before and was runner-up in 2017’s Clio Cup Junior championship.

The driver who beat Hammerton to that title, 17-year-old Jack Young from Belfast, will also be on the grid after re-signing with the MRM squad with which he brilliantly won last November’s Clio Cup International Final. Like Coates, Young’s previous form marks him out as a name to watch…

Meanwhile Sudbury’s Luke Warr will again race for his single-car outfit, BLG Racing, having made huge gains in performance during the 2018 season.

More teams and drivers are expected to announce their intentions in the coming weeks – keep an eye on the official UK Clio Cup website for the latest news.