The rapid Brett Lidsey was the first to confirm he will contest the championship with the emerging MRM Racing team (although his clashing wedding will mean he misses Oulton Park’s rounds in June)!
Fellow Kent driver Luke Reade and Sam Osborne, from North Notts, were quick to follow – after some promising performances in 2017, both have re-signed for the WDE Motorsport team.
As has Norfolk’s Dan Zelos. Last year the Norfolk racer set new qualifying and race lap records around Donington Park and Thruxton and then ended the season on a high with his first two podium results – a pair of second places at Brands Hatch.
Notably Zelos’s time around Thruxton last May now stands as the faster ever achieved in a Clio Cup race in terms of average lap speed…
Another driver to set a new lap record in 2017 was Bradley Burns. Remarkably this came in only his second Clio Cup event, at Silverstone. Even more astonishing is the fact he is still only 16 years old.
Having also then qualified on the front row of the grid at Brands Hatch, the signs are the Surrey youngster could be one to watch in 2018…
The Clio Cup will also welcome a new team onto the grid in 2018 – Matrix Motorsport. It has already announced Aaron Thompson, former British Touring Car racer Andy Wilmot and team owner Jeff Alden with the identity of a fourth driver expected to be revealed soon. The team has also confirmed a partnership with BTCC team Power Maxed Racing and one of its touring car drivers Senna Proctor who raced in the Clio Cup in 2016.
The 2018 UK Clio Cup season gets under way with its opening two rounds at the famous Brands Hatch circuit in Kent on the weekend of Sat 7/Sun 8 April. There will be 18 rounds in total across the season – all of them will be held at the BTCC’s high profile events.
That once again puts the Clio Cup in front of huge trackside crowds – the average attendance in 2017 increased again to more than 38,500 people.
As well, it means the action will be broadcast live by ITV4 and ITV4+1 (as part of ITV Sport’s long-standing coverage of the BTCC’s events). This will also be livestreamed via ITV.com making the races available to view on handheld devices.