The Worthing-based squad has not raced officially in the championship for two seasons, although has been a technical partner to the new PP Motorsport squad in 2016 (pictured above).
Previously its cars have featured at the sharp end of the grid with James Colburn – son of Team Principal Richard Colburn – coming close to winning the outright title in 2011 (pictured left) when he was joint runner-up that year with current British Touring Car ace Aron Smith.
This year it has again underlined its technical prowess and expert levels of preparation by winning the club-level Michelin Clio Series…
Richard Colburn commented: “The UK Clio Cup has become such a great championship again and I’m very hopeful that two of our drivers from the Michelin series will join us in it in 2017. It is all coming together very nicely for a return and there’s a very real possibility that we’ll be running three cars – maybe even four.
“We will be testing drivers in the latest UK Clio Cup race car in the next month or so and hope to make some firm announcements soon after that. All of our drivers have very serious touring car aspirations and, as has been proven time and again, this is very much the logical route.”
Will Fewkes, Renault Sport UK’s Motorsport Championship Manager, said: “It is great to hear that Westbourne’s plans are coming together so far ahead of the 2017 season. For many years it has shown itself capable of achieving big results and I am sure it will relish the challenge of returning to the UK Clio Cup and measuring itself against the arguably the most competitive grid in championship history.”
In 2017 all 18 rounds on the Renault UK Clio Cup calendar will again take place at the British Touring Car Championship’s high profile race events – meaning huge trackside crowds plus live television coverage on ITV4 for its teams, drivers and sponsors.
Earlier this week Westbourne also announced it will run cars in the new Renault UK Clio Cup Junior championship when it launches in 2017. The championship, for 14 to 17-year-old drivers, will use cars almost identical to those in the senior UK Clio Cup. The only differences are a modification to the ECU – limiting the cars to five gears and a maximum speed of 100mph – and the use of road tyres, Michelin’s high performance Pilot Sport 3. This ensures the cars adhere to strict junior car racing regulations.