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  • #16
    UK races now set to be first for new Clio Cup car

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    Clio Cup UK is set to stage the very first races for the new Clio Cup 5 race car after the Coronavirus outbreak forced the postponement of the opening rounds of its sister championship in France.

    Clio Cup France was due to get under way at Nogaro in mid-April.

    However, that event has now been re-scheduled for July, meaning its opening rounds are instead expected to be held during the annual Pau street circuit fixture on 21-24 May.

    Clio Cup UK’s opening rounds – a week earlier than that on 16-17 May at Snetterton – will therefore mark the competitive debut for the fifth generation Clio Cup car.

    CLICK HERE for the full Clio Cup UK race calendar.

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    • #17
      Belfast’s Young secures Mégane R.S. race seat



      Jack Young, winner of 2019’s Clio Cup title in the UK, is to race a Mégane R.S. in this year’s TCR Europe touring car championship.

      The 18-year-old sensation from Belfast will compete in one of two of the Mégane R.S. machines for the Swiss Vuković Motorsport team.

      He starred in it last year with two fourth place finishes on his TCR Europe debut at Barcelona, Spain.

      That was in between his Clio Cup commitments in the UK. He eventually won the Clio title – the last for drivers in the previous fourth generation model of the car.

      For 2020, a new-look Clio Cup takes its place.

      Organisation will instead be by Renault Sport Racing direct from its HQ in France, although R.S. Promotions remains the UK promoter for the championship.

      Most notably, the championship will feature a new model of Clio – the Clio Cup ‘5’, featuring a 1.3 turbocharged engine producing 180bhp, plus a five-speed sequential (push-pull) gearshift system.

      Clio Cup 5 is also priced much less than its fourth generation predecessor (CLICK HERE for details).

      Young’s title-winning team from 2019 MRM is one of seven squads to have announced their participation in 2020’s new Clio Cup UK championship which will also switch to the British GT Championship’s weekends as part of a seven-event calendar that will feature three fixtures overseas.

      Meanwhile Young’s graduation to TCR Europe makes him the latest top drawer driver to have raced in Clio Cup in the UK to go on to bigger things…

      Before him have gone the likes of international and British GT stars Jonny Adam and Tom Onslow-Cole, another current top TCR Europe name Josh Files and British Touring Car heroes such as Colin Turkington, Andrew Jordan, Ash Sutton, Jack Goff and Mat Jackson.

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      • #18
        Statement: UK motor sport on hold until July



        Please find below a statement issued 23 March by UK motor sport’s governing body Motorsport UK which means the opening rounds of the new Clio Cup UK championship have been postponed.

        We will issue details of a revised calendar when the situation becomes clearer.

        In the meantime, our thoughts are with all our competitors, fans, marshals, officials, media etc for a safe period of isolation to protect against the spread of coronavirus.

        Motorsport UK statement:
        ‘In light of recent developments in the COVID-19 crisis, and following the address to the nation by the Prime Minister on the evening of 23 March, Motorsport UK has today extended its suspension of all organising permits and Certificates of Exemption for motor sport events until at least 30th June.

        ‘This move provides clear guidance to event organisers, venues, competitors, officials and volunteer marshals of the role that Motorsport UK must play in supporting the broader UK public health agenda.

        ‘In recent days the feedback from our members and the community was a need for increased clarity to allow them to plan appropriately and, should the need arise, put in place necessary contingency measures.

        ‘Motorsport UK Chairman, David Richards explained: “Motorsport UK has a vital role to play with its community in reinforcing that, at this time of national emergency, we must all stay at home to play our part in protecting the NHS and ultimately saving lives.

        ‘Today, the government have required that we effectively lock down for a period of three weeks; however, given that the most vulnerable in our society are required to isolate for three months, it is evident that the most responsible course of action was to propose a longer suspension of our sport.

        ‘When we reflect back on this time it will be a brief, but vital, hiatus from our everyday motor sport life and we must put this in perspective.

        ‘This is a time of national unity and we need to come together with the broader public community to do all we can to support this battle and ultimately save lives.”

        Motorsport UK will continue to monitor the prevailing advice from the UK Government in respect of the COVID-19 international pandemic and will update the motorsport community accordingly.’

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        • #19
          New Clio Rally excels on gruelling debut



          Renault Sport Racing's brand new Clio Rally '5' has excelled on its first competitive outing - the World Rally Championship's round in Mexico.

          Five cars built at RSR's legendary workshops in Dieppe, France had been shipped out for the event, one of the most gruelling on the WRC calendar.

          Rally Mexico takes place at close to 3,000 metres above sea level and has some notoriously rough mountain gravel stages which include punishing water splashes.

          But with nine months of development and more than 10,000 kilometres of testing, New Clio Rally passed with flying colours.

          Not only did the car's build stand up to the punishing conditions of the stages, but its 16-valve 1330cc TCe 4-cylinder engine also coped with the added strains of competing at such high altitude.

          New Clio Rally is available to order for competition in the UK from official Renault Sport importer R.Sport.

          CLICK HERE for details or Email: [email protected] / Tel: 07733 330421.

          In the end in Mexico, it was locals Gerardo Rejón/Mauricio Pimentel who emerged as the top Clio Rally crew.

          New Clio Rally's successful competitive debut followed its first public appearance as a course car on January's opening WRC round, Rallye Monte Carlo.

          Pending the Coronavirus situation, car is expected to be seen in increasing numbers later in the year competing on events in mainland Europe.

          Benoît Nogier, Renault Sport Racing Commercial Racing Director, reflected: "New Clio Rally made an extremely positive competitive debut on one of the most demanding events in the world.

          "Rally Mexico provides a proper test for the cars with rough gravel roads, high altitude and extremely high temperatures. This edition was no exception.

          "All the cars suffered greatly, but the reliability of New Clio Rally proved to be excellent as we only identified one minor electrical problem on one car.

          "The performance was also there, the five crews being consistently ahead of the R2s and mixing it up with the best R5s on the short urban super-specials.

          "This rally was ideal for targeting where improvement can be made, but we are now extremely confident about the quality, relevance and potential of our car.

          "Having five cars in Mexico also highlights the commercial success and international interest generated by New Clio Rally and we would like to include our official distributor in Mexico, RallyMex, in this successful debut."

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          • #20
            Provisional, revised 7-event calendar for Clio Cup UK in 2020



            The new-look Clio Cup UK Championship has published a provisional, revised 2020 calendar to include seven events – five with the British GT Championship and two still overseas.

            In the UK the full-length Donington Park GP, Brands Hatch GP, Silverstone GP and Snetterton 300 circuits will be used.

            Similarly, the full-length Magny-Cours (France) and Barcelona GP (Spain) configurations will be part of the calendar.

            Both the Brands Hatch and Magny-Cours events (back-to-back in late August/early September) will be contested jointly by teams and drivers for Clio Cup UK and Clio Cup France.

            Two races (or rounds) will be held at each event to form a 14-round championship.

            Prospective teams and drivers should contact R.S. Promotions: Email [email protected] or Telephone +44 (0)7733 330421.

            The provisional calendar is:
            • 15-16 August 2020, Donington Park (British GT)
            • 29-30 August 2020, Brands Hatch (British GT Clio Cup France)
            • 12-13 September 2020, Magny Cours (Championnat de France des Circuits)
            • 19-20 September 2020, Donington Park (British GT)
            • 3-4 October 2020, Snetterton (British GT)
            • 7-8 November 2020, Silverstone (British GT)
            • 14-15 November 2020, Barcelona (Racing Weekend RFEDA)

            Note: the above dates have been re-arranged following discussions between organisers of the Cup (Renault Sport Racing) and British GT (SRO) in respect of the COVID-19 situation.

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            • #21

              Statement: Renault Sport Racing



              Renault Sport Racing today confirms that it has postponed its new Clio Cup UK championship until 2021.

              Benoît Nogier, RSR Customer Racing Director:

              “Renault has enjoyed incredible success with its motor sport programmes in the UK for more than 40 years, particularly with Clio Cup brand.

              This therefore is not a decision that we have taken lightly at all. It is important to stress that our decision is based on feedback from the teams as much as anything else.

              There is no escaping the fact that COVID-19 has had consequences for business models – that includes those of teams in the UK.

              As stakeholders, we have listened carefully to them and, now in July, clearly they would prefer more time to test the New Clio Cup car being introduced in 2020.

              Therefore, we have taken what we believe is a responsible decision to help protect their interest and have already put in place the following.

              We are making sure that track time will be reserved at British GT events for teams to test the New Clio Cup car. This will be at no cost to those teams and drivers taking up this option.

              UK teams are also invited to race their new cars in Clio Cup France and Spain in 2020 to help them gain additional mileage.

              Our ambition is very much to return with a full Clio Cup UK championship in 2021.

              Our commitment remains as strong as ever to make New Clio Cup UK as accessible as possible for club racers and novices just as much as career-minded drivers; also to build a sense of mutual regard and community on our grid.”

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