28/01/2020

Seven teams now set to join new Clio Cup UK grid

Renault Sport Racing’s new Clio Cup UK continues to gather pace with seven teams now signed up for the championship’s its inaugural season in 2020.
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Newcomers Amigo Motorsport, Assetto Motorsport, Power Maxed Racing and Student Motorsport are set to join established teams MRM, Pyro and Westbourne on the grid.

Amigo has also previously raced Clios before while Assetto is jointly-owned by 1990 UK Renault 5GT and 2000 Clio Cup champion Jim Edwards Junior.

For PMR (which races in the British Touring Car Championship) and Student Motorsport, however, this would mark their first involvement in a Renault supported category.

MRM, meanwhile, was the last team to win the previous UK Clio Cup (2019) with former multiple title-winning Pyro re-joining the Renault racing fold after a year away. Westbourne was also a front-running team in that championship…

Pyro team principal Mark Hunt told the ClioCupUK.com website: “The way this new championship is being done has lured us back – it’s really good.”

Student Motorsport will comprise a core of experienced race personnel who will use the team’s entry in Clio Cup UK to give student motor sport technicians valuable experience.

“The organisers, Renault Sport Racing and R.S. Promotions, are making the championship really accessible – it’s a perfect starting point for us entering into our inaugural season in racing,” said team principal John Paul Latham.

MRM boss Mike Ritchie added: “The look and feel of the new Clio Cup UK is very attractive. The cars are affordable and the registration fee offers real value for money for drivers.”

Promoter R.S. Promotions has now begun to receive orders for the new Clio Cup race car which will go into build in France ahead of distribution to the UK.

The car is priced just £32,100 (+vat) each making: this is understood to be more cost-effective than any other ‘saloon’ car or hot hatch in a manufacturer-backed championship in the UK. Rally and Rallycross versions of the car are also available…

It is powered by a 1.3 turbocharged engine producing 180bhp (300Nm). A ‘back to basics’ approach means the car now has a five-speed sequential (push-pull) gearshift system.

However a competition-developed gearbox by Sadev as well as racing suspension plus slick tyres (Michelin) mean it is receiving early rave reviews.

Organisers have also been able to significantly reduce the cost of registration for the championship: this is now only £8,050 (+vat) and covers all seven events on the calendar – five with British GTs and two more overseas (at Magny-Cours, France and Barcelona, Spain).

All circuits being raced on by the championship are of full-length ‘Grand Prix’ configuration. Each event gives drivers 90 minutes of track time: 2x 20 minute qualifying sessions plus 2x25 minute races.

Ultimately Clio Cup UK is expected to appeal to different types of teams and drivers regardless of age, ability or budget.

Calendar 2020 Clio Cup UK (provisional):

Snetterton 300*                 16-17 May               (British GT)

Silverstone GP*                 6-7 June                  (British GT)

Donington Park GP*          20-21 June              (British GT)

Brands Hatch GP*             29-30 August           (British GT)

Magny-Cours GP, FRA      12-13 September     (FFSA GT)

Donington Park GP*          19-20 September     (British GT)

Barcelona, ESP* **            7-8 November         (RFEDA)