Mégane & Clio R.S. head for UK WRX rounds

Renault Sport Méganes and Clios will be in race action in the UK this coming weekend (25-26 May) when Silverstone hosts the latest rounds of the World Rallycross Championship (WRX).
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The spectacular 600bhp machines are capable of accelerating from 0-60mph in under two seconds.

Norwegian Anton Marklund and France’s Guerlain Chicherit and will race the Méganes for the latter’s GC Competition squad.

The team’s GCK Academy outfit meanwhile will oversee the Clio R.S.s for France’s Cyril Raymond and Belgium’s Guillaume  de Ridder.

All four have managed to reach the crucial semi-final stages at one or more of the three events so far which have been held at other specially designed courses at Formula 1 venues: Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi; Barcelona in Spain and Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. 

At Barcelona, Raymond was able to go one step further with a coveted place on the grid in the grand final – reserved for the top six competitors over a series of heats and the semis.

Arriving at Silverstone, Marklund and Rayond are placed ninth and tenth in the drivers’ standings. Team boss Chicherit and de Ridder are 12 and 13.

Following the latest event at Spa, Marklund said: “A very positive weekend in terms of pace and speed – but I want to be the one celebrating on the podium, so I really look forward to Silverstone.

“I think it’s going to be a similar track to this one in Spa, which suits me well and I hope we will continue to put down the competitive pace we’ve been showing the last three races to come out on top in the UK.”

Raymond added: It’s already a huge progress and what we show on the track with the Clio R.S. RX is great. We are fighting against some drivers who have last year’s factory cars, which is exceptional.

“Physically and mentally it’s very hard and no mistake is forgivable but it’s a pure treat to drive the Clio. We still need to work but we are on the right way.”