29/09/2018

International Renault Clio Cup Final places await UK championship’s top six

Renault Sport has confirmed that the top six drivers in this year’s Renault UK Clio Cup – to be decided at Brands Hatch this weekend (Sat 29/Sun 30 September) – plus its Graduates Cup Champion will automatically secure entries to the prestigious International Renault Clio Cup Final event at Circuit Paul Ricard in France.
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The Final (Sat 3/Sun 4 November) will bring together the best drivers from Clio Cup championships in France, Italy, Spain, Central Europe, the UK and China for a thrilling end of season winner-takes-all race run over 25 minutes plus one lap.

The winner of the race will receive a brand new 280hp Mégane Renault Sport.

From the UK Clio Cup, Max Coates, Paul Rivett and James Dorlin have already booked their places to Paul Ricard as they are guaranteed to finish the championship inside the top six.

So, too, has Bradley Burns who has provisionally already won the Graduates Cup – for drivers aged under 18 and in their first full season of Clio Cup competition.

However six more drivers still have a chance of finishing inside the UK Clio Cup’s top six: Daniel Rowbottom, Burns and Michael Epps – currently fourth, fifth and sixth in the standings – could yet be deposed by Jack McCarthy, Lee Pattison, James Colburn and Dan Zelos.

Renault Sport’s UK Motorsport Championship Manager Will Fewkes commented: “This is a fantastic opportunity for up to seven of our drivers to take on the best of the best in Clio Cup competition from across the world. Given the UK Clio Cup’s track record for producing the very best touring car stars of the future, we are confident we will be very well represented.

“This event rekindles the spirit of the famous Renault Finals of old and we very much look forward to discovering at Brands Hatch who will be going to Paul Ricard. We also have at our discretion the option to send an additional driver to represent the UK Clio Cup.”

Tarik Ait Said, Sporting Manager, Renault Sport Racing said: “Gathering all the Clio Cup championships that Renault holds worldwide, the Clio Cup International Final will not only be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the enduring success of Clio but also a stage where the cream of the crop of each national Cup will be pitched against each other to crown the best among the best.

“Given the level of competitiveness that the UK Clio Cup has shown over the years, we expect the British contingent to be on the pace straight away. And don’t forget, a brand new Mégane R.S. awaits the winner at the end of the weekend for the taking!”