The Clio Cup ‘Open’ has echoes of the International Clio Cup Final that was also held at Paul Ricard last November.
There, UK Clio Cup drivers Jack Young and Max Coates (pictured above) overcame 95 drivers from other championships in France, Italy, Spain, Asia, Central Europe and the Middle East to take first and second positions in the grand final.
Coates and Young currently lead the UK standings heading into their latest rounds this weekend at Donington Park. Third is Brett Lidsey who also contested the Ricard race last November…
Each is expected to find June’s French GP event hugely appealing. Should they enter, it would mean a busy three weeks as the weekend falls directly between the UK Clio Cup’s fixtures at Croft and Oulton Park.
Notably, the Open will be exclusively for teams and drivers registered for an official Clio Cup championship. It is expected to attract a capacity grid of over 50 starters…
Qualifying sessions will take place on the Friday and Saturday. Race one will then be held on Saturday afternoon with the second on Sunday morning (Grand Prix day).
Groupe Renault is an official partner of the French GP. Benoit Nogier, Renault Sport Racing’s customer racing commercial director commented: “We are delighted to contribute to the ever-richer programme of the French Grand Prix and to be alongside our Formula 1 team during this weekend.
“This will let more fans watch intense and lively races and enjoy the accessibility that is part of the Clio Cup’s DNA. For our competitors, it will also be a unique event held in support of one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
“We cannot wait to see so many of them challenge each other and demonstrate the extent of their talent and our motor sport savoir-faire.”