20/08/2018

Knockhill back on calendar as title race hots up

As its 2018 title race reaches a critical point, the Renault UK Clio Cup has confirmed that after four years away it will return to Scotland’s spectacular Knockhill circuit in 2019.
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The Clio Cup will visit Knockhill, in Fife, on the weekend of Saturday 14/Sunday 15 September as part of its nine-event tour around the UK alongside the high profile British Touring Car Championship.

In addition, instead of in May, the Clio Cup’s races at Thruxton will now come later in the year (Sat 17/Sun 18 August) at the second of two visits to the Hampshire circuit by the BTCC.

The full 2019 Clio Cup calendar will look like this:

Rounds, Circuit (County), Date
1&2, Brands Hatch Indy (Kent), Sat 6/Sun 7 April
3&4, Donington Park (Leics), Sat 27/Sun 28 April
5&6, Croft (North Yorkshire), Sat 15/Sun 16 June
7&8, Oulton Park (Cheshire), Sat 29/Sun 30 June
9&10, Snetterton (Norfolk), Sat 3/Sun 4 August
11&12, Thruxton (Hampshire), Sat 17/Sun 18 August
13&14, Knockhill (Fife), Sat 14/Sun 15 September
15&16, Silverstone (Northamptonshire), Sat 28/Sun 29 September
17&18, Brands Hatch GP (Kent), Sat 12/Sun 13 October                                                                                           

Knockhill Managing Director Jillian Shedden commented: “It is great news to see Renault, one of the world’s biggest motoring brands, bringing its premier motor sport activity in the UK back into Scotland. We can’t wait!”

Renault Sport’s UK Motorsport Championship Manager Will Fewkes added: “Knockhill has produced some of the Clio Cup’s most exciting moments throughout the years – its circuit lay-out is like no other and the welcome the championship has always received there means it is also much liked by our teams and drivers.

“Furthermore, Scotland has historically been an important market for Renault and also boasts an enthusiastic community of Renault Sport owners. We look forward to seeing many of them at Knockhill next year.”

Meanwhile the 2018 Clio Cup’s title race has just four rounds left – two each at Silverstone (15-16 Sept) and Brands Hatch (29-30 Sept) – and, in theory, eight drivers can still be crowned Champion.

Team Pyro’s Max Coates leads but in the two most recent rounds at Rockingham he saw his advantage slashed from 27 points to just seven by WDE Motorsport’s three-time Champ Paul Rivett. Westbourne Motorsport’s James Dorlin is also very much in touch in third while two wins suddenly for DRM’s Daniel Rowbottom have moved him up to fourth.

A first win for Pyro’s Jack McCarthy at Rockingham and a personal best finish of second for Matrix Motorsport’s Michael Epps mean they have an outside chance in fifth and sixth. Pyro’s Bradley Burns and WDE’s Lee Pattison complete the eight who can still do it although are likely to be eliminated from the title fight at Silverstone.

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