Renault UK Clio Cup continuing 'unrivalled success rate' in British Touring Cars

BMR’s decision to invest in Bradley Burns in 2018 via its young driver Academy is yet more evidence of the leading British Touring Car Championship teams actively looking to the UK Clio Cup for their future talent.
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Burns, aged just 16, will receive the same sort of support that Ashley Sutton did when BMR backed his title-winning Clio Cup campaign with Team Pyro in 2015.

Significantly, it’s the second tie-up to be announced in as many months between teams in the BTCC and Clio Cup.

Power Maxed Racing and its Jack Sears Trophy title-holder Senna Proctor confirmed at January’s Autosport International Show a partnership with new UK Clio Cup squad Matrix Motorsport for the season ahead.

As in recent seasons, it is expected that most of the leading names on this year’s BTCC grid will be drivers with experience either of the UK Clio Cup or a Renault Sport UK championship.

Indeed among the names to have announced a place on 2018’s BTCC grid so far are:
•    BMR Subaru factory team: Ashley Sutton (2015 Clio Cup Champion) & Jason Plato (1996 Renault Spider Champion, 1997-99 Renault BTCC factory team)
•    WSR BMW: Colin Turkington (2000 Clio Cup) & Andrew Jordan (2007 Clio Cup)
•    Power Maxed: Senna Proctor (2016 Clio Cup) & Josh Cook (2014 Clio Cup runner-up)
•    Eurotech: Jack Goff (2011 Clio Cup Champion)
•    HMS: Rob Austin (1998 Formula Renault UK runner-up)
•    Motorbase: Sam Tordoff (2009-10 Clio Cup)
•    Team HARD: Mike Bushell (2014 & 2017 Clio Cup Champion)

Renault Sport’s UK Motorsport Manager Will Fewkes said: “It’s great to see the BMR name associated with the Clio Cup grid again in 2018 and I am sure that Bradley is going to benefit tremendously as a result of their support and also that of Team Pyro.

“This is further proof of how the Clio Cup stands out for touring car teams both home and abroad as the place to identify the very best emerging young talent. This is the feedback we regularly receive from teams when they have tested drivers from Clio Cup compared to those from other categories.

“In terms of numbers, no other category comes close to the Clio Cup in terms of giving younger drivers the right type of environment, race craft and technical support to prepare them for a successful graduation into touring cars.”