This decision has not been taken lightly in view of the great success the championship has achieved in the UK since its launch in 1991. In fact its roots date back to the mid-1970s when Renault first brought its single-model saloon car racing to the UK with the R5.
Notably the UK Clio Cup has appeared alongside the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) for the past 19 years: 2019 will mark their 20th consecutive season together. In that time the UK Clio Cup has produced countless names who have gone on to race in the BTCC. Of those, 14 have won races in the BTCC; three have become BTCC champions.
The timing of this decision by Renault UK coincides with the end of the current three-year TOCA (BTCC) contract and the last year of the current fourth generation Clio.
All other Clio Cup championships across the globe are unaffected by this decision.
Renault UK would like to thank all the fans, teams, drivers, media, the BARC and TOCA for their continued support over the last three decades and looks forward to making the final UK Clio Cup championship year its most exciting to date.
The 2019 season build-up begins with the annual Media Day preview at Silverstone on Friday 22 March ahead of the first of eighteen championship rounds, starting with Brands Hatch on Saturday 6 April.