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  • Gazeratti

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


    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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  • Gazeratti
    Val de Vienne ‘taster’ event planned for UK racers

    Drivers with serious intentions of joining the new Clio Cup UK grid in 2020 are being invited to test the latest Clio Cup 5 race car that will be used in the championship.

    A special two-day ‘taster session’ is being organised by Renault Sport Racing for the end of March at the Val de Vienne circuit in central France.

    UK drivers will have a newly built Clio Cup 5 – fresh from the production line – to share.

    Please call R.S. Promotions’ Denise Trigg 07733 330421 or email [email protected] for more information.

    Val de Vienne, which opened in 1990, is a 2.34 mile, 18-corner circuit and hosts events for a number of French motor sport’s top categories.

    It is located near Le Vigeant, between Tours and Limoges.

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  • Gazeratti
    Clio Cup UK’s teams & drivers to race at French F1 Grand Prix

    Teams and drivers competing in 2020’s new Clio Cup UK championship will get to contest a special two-race event in front of Formula 1’s crowds at this June’s French Grand Prix.

    Those making the journey to the famous Paul Ricard ‘Le Castellet’ circuit near Marseille (26-28 June) will take part in the international ‘Clio Cup Open’ alongside counterparts from Renault Sport Racing’s other Clio Cup championships.

    Privileged partners of the French Grand Prix since its return to the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, Groupe Renault and Renault Sport Racing have renewed their support towards one of the year’s biggest sporting events in France.

    Benoit Nogier, Commercial Racing Director, Renault Sport Racing Customer Racing, commented: “Following the indisputable success we had in 2019, when nearly 50 competitors competed on the track, it was logical for Renault to repeat the operation in 2020.

    “This Clio Cup Open is a reminder of Renault’s motor racing versatility in bringing together the Clio Cup and Formula 1 at the same event.”

    Éric Boullier, Managing Director, GIP Grand Prix de France-Le Castellet, added: “Groupe Renault has been an important partner of the Formula 1 French Grand Prix since its return in 2018. We share the same philosophy about competition, and we look forward to seeing all these drivers compete in intense battles.

    “We are sure the spectators will love this fantastic show on the Circuit Paul Ricard track.”

    Whilst a non-championship event, the Clio Cup Open gives teams, drivers and their sponsors an exciting opportunity to appear in front of the F1 crowds. On top of the two races, free practice and qualifying sessions will add up to plenty of track time around Paul Ricard’s impressive 5.8km configuration.

    A similar ‘Open’ event was held at 2019’s French GP – both races were won by UK team MRM and its driver Jack Young. Fellow UK team Westbourne Motorsport and driver Ben Colburn also achieved a podium result.

    MRM and Westbourne are among the seven teams to have so far announced their participation in 2020’s Clio Cup UK, along with Amigo Motorsport, Assetto Motorsport, Power Maxed Racing, Student Motorsport and Team Pyro.

    Meanwhile, the latest £/€ exchange rate means the price of the latest fifth generation Clio Cup car – to be raced in Clio Cup UK in 2020 – has decreased further to just £31,560.00 (+vat).

    CLICK HERE for purchase details.

    A full season’s registration for drivers is also considerably less than in previous years at just £8,050.00 (+vat).

    This covers all seven championship events including two overseas – at Magny-Cours, France and Barcelona, Spain. CLICK HERE for 2020’s Clio Cup UK race dates (not including the Paul Ricard/French F1 Grand Prix weekend).

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  • Gazeratti
    Famous Castrol name joins 2020 Clio Cup UK grid

    Castrol will have a significant presence on all cars in the new Clio Cup UK championship in 2020.

    The oil, fluid and lubricant brand’s famous name will appear on the car’s windscreen strips, mirrors and front and rear corners in line with a new five-year partnership with Renault’s customer racing activities.

    Renault Sport Racing’s Clio Cup France, Italia and Spain race championships, Clio Trophy France (rally) and Formula Renault Eurocup single-seater category will be similarly affected.

    This long-term technical and commercial collaboration will give all Renault Sport Racing customer racing activities access to Castrol’s unique expertise, cutting-edge technologies and high-performance lubricants.

    Castrol logos will appear on the communication platforms of the different categories, the Renault Sport Racing staff kits as well as the competing cars and driver and crew racing suits.

    On a wider scale, this agreement reflects Groupe Renault’s global strategy, whose partnership with Castrol has been significantly strengthened since the first collaboration in Formula 1 in 2017.

    As the official lubricant supplier of the Enstone technical centre and Viry-Châtillon engine operations base, Castrol also supports Renault F1 Team on-track activities.

    Castrol and Renault Sport Racing formalised this agreement linked to customer racing during an event held on 27 January at the Atelier Renault on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

    Cyril Abiteboul, Renault Sport Racing Managing Director, commented: “We are extremely happy to begin a new chapter of our relationship with Castrol.

    “Castrol is an industry leader in its field with a rich heritage in motor racing and feeder series. A partnership of this scale and length underlines the desire to write a common history just as New Clio is about to take on the stage.

    “It also shows the attractiveness of our customer racing activities in the eyes of major players in the sport and the industry.

    “We are proud to be able to count on a partner of such renown and expertise and we look forward to seeing our teams take up the challenges and explore the opportunities arising.”

    Ben Russell, Castrol Senior Global Account Director, said: "We are delighted to be building on our strategic partnership with Renault and extending it further with the Customer Racing Series.

    “Renault Customer Racing allows us to showcase the performance and capabilities of standard production technology of both Castrol lubricants and Renault vehicles.

    “We’re offering the high performance lubricant technology we use today, in Renault Sport Racing to Groupe Renault’s customers, through our aftersales’ service fill partnership, and a jointly branded range of exclusive lubricant products available across Renault’s dealerships. We look forward to an exciting future together.”

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  • Gazeratti
    Ben Wallace first driver to confirm place on new Clio Cup UK grid

    Ben Wallace first driver to confirm place on new Clio Cup UK grid

    Posted on: 29/01/2020

    Ben Wallace has become the first driver to confirm his participation in Renault Sport Racing’s new Clio Cup UK championship.

    Ben, aged 20 from Southport, Lancashire will race for new team Student Motorsport.

    He has several seasons’ car racing experience, in the VW Racing Cup and British GT Championship.

    Ben commented: “The new Clio Cup is a really exciting looking championship for UK motor sport and I was immediately interested when it was first announced, especially being on the SRO British GT package.

    “I’ve worked with John Paul Latham (Student Motorsport Team Manager) before and he was also very keen to do it so the deal came about pretty quickly!

    “The costs are right, the format is right and the car is so well thought through – it’s going to appeal to drivers of all ages and abilities.

    “The track record of the people running the championship also makes me confident that nobody will have a performance advantage – it will be 100% down to the teams and drivers and that’s a challenge I relish.”

    Clio Cup UK will use the all-new ‘fifth generation’ Clio Cup race car. Student Motorsport has already ordered two of the cars and that number could rise further.

    John Paul Latham added: “We’re thrilled to have Ben on board – aside from the focus on winning races, we can utilise his experience to help our other drivers and, with our team personnel, inspire the next generation of motor sport professionals.

    “When we considered taking Student Motorsport racing, Clio Cup UK stood out as the place to start: the championship is so well supported, professionally run and exposed to a wide-ranging audience which is key to supporting our partners.”

    Clio Cup UK gets under way in mid-May with the first of its seven race weekends in 2020 – these will include five with the British GT Championship and two more overseas (Magny-Cours, France and Barcelona, Spain).

    CLICK HERE for the 2020 race dates.

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  • Gazeratti
    Clio Cup UK publishes draft regulations

    Draft regulations for the all new Clio Cup UK race championship in 2020 have been published.

    The regulations cover areas such as sporting, technical, commercial, judicial procedures and penalties. Also included is procedural guidance for events/races.

    All regulations (DOWNLOAD HERE) are subject to change/update prior to the Clio Cup UK season starting in mid-May.

    On the sporting side, several regulations of interest are:
    • 2 dropped scores in the outright drivers’ championship (best 12 out of 14 results to count)
    • 4 dropped scores in new Junior Cup class (for driver aged under 20)
    • Tyres: maximum of 4 new front tyres permitted per race weekend

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  • Gazeratti
    New Clio Cup UK race car at Autosport International Show

    The latest generation Clio Cup race car to be used in the new Clio Cup UK championship in 2020 will be on display at next week’s Autosport International Show at Birmingham NEC (9-12 January).

    The car will be on the Student Motorsport team’s stand (no. 3220). This will be in Hall 3 located between the Formula E Feature and International Business Lounge (MIA).

    Clio Cup UK personnel will be on hand to answer questions about the car and the championship.

    A recent strengthening of the pound means the new Clio Cup car can currently be purchased for just over £32,000.00 + vat.

    This marks a drastic reduction in price compared to the previous fourth generation car as does a full season’s registration to the championship.

    This is now only £8,050.00 + vat and covers all seven events on the 2020 Clio Cup UK calendar – five with the British GT Championship and two more overseas, at Magny-Cours in France and Barcelona in Spain (see Calendar).

    CLICK HERE for more details on how to enquire about/purchase the car and register for the championship.

    Meanwhile, Student Motorsport is one of seven teams to have so far announced plans to be on the new Clio Cup UK grid in 2020.

    Others include Assetto Motorsport, Power Maxed Racing, Westbourne Motorsport, MRM Racing and Team Pyro.

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  • Gazeratti
    Amigo Motorsport planning entry in new Clio Cup UK championship

    Amigo Motorsport has become the latest team to confirm plans to contest the all new Clio Cup UK championship in 2020.

    The Essex outfit says the significantly reduced costs of the championship – now with support from Renault Sport Racing – plus a simplified new car as well as the chance to race overseas are amongst the biggest appeals.

    “It’s been very well worked out – the cost is really good for something with this sort of profile,” commented Team Principal Rob Gaffney.

    “We are actually talking with a driver from overseas and are open to running two cars or maybe even a third – even I’m tempted to get back behind the wheel!”

    He added: “We really like the international aspect, particularly for the cost – to race at places like Magny-Cours and Barcelona against the French and Spanish teams as well as five more events alongside British GT all for around £8k is pretty cool.

    “We also believe the spec of the car will appeal to more drivers – it’s back to a five-speed sequential (push-pull) gear system which is nicer.

    “We raced in Clios a decade ago so know how good the cars from Renault Sport are… the new ‘Gen 5’ car that is coming is less daunting and that’s going to make for a more diverse grid.

    “It’s kind of taking it back to racing in the Nineties when it was more for everyone and that’s another reason why we want to be involved.”

    See elsewhere on this website for details on how to purchase the new Gen 5 Clio Cup UK race car, register for the championship and 2020 race dates/circuits.

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  • Gazeratti
    Team Pyro ready to return to Clio Cup action with new UK championship

    Multiple title-winning squad Team Pyro is set for a return to Renault racing in 2020 after confirming plans to enter cars in the all new Clio Cup UK championship.

    Pyro has previously taken the likes of Ashley Sutton, Jack Goff and Mike Bushell to title success but in 2019 it took a sabbatical from UK competition.

    Mark Hunt, Team Principal, commented: “The way the new Clio Cup UK championship is being done has lured us back – it’s really good.

    “The costs have been slashed – £8k for seven events is not much more than a club level registration fee and that includes two events overseas.

    “The price of the cars is lower than anything else out there in one-make ‘saloon’ racing with manufacturer support. They are brand new and Renault Sport never make a duff car – these will hold their value, just like Clios always have.

    “I also like the fact it’s now with British GTs – it’s a really good scene and that makes it more inclusive in terms of the different levels of drivers it can appeal to.

    “We have one driver already signed and are talking to a few others – the plan is to run three or four cars but we’re always happy to hear from people.”

    New Clio Cup UK’s inaugural season in 2020 will consist of seven race weekends.

    It will race five times alongside the British GT Championship and then at two more events overseas – Magny-Cours in France and Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.

    A full season’s registration is just £8,050.00 + vat. This covers all seven events and all entry fees etc (including the two events abroad).

    The championship will use the latest fifth generation Clio Cup race car priced £32,750.00 + vat (based on current £/€ exchange rates).
    The car is powered by a 1.3 turbocharged engine producing 180bhp. Torque is put at 300Nm. Transmission is via a five-speed Sadev sequential (push-pull) gearbox.

    CLICK HERE for more details including how to purchase the car and register for the championship.

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  • Gazeratti
    MRM planning minimum three-car entry in new Clio Cup UK championship

    MRM, which won 2019’s Renault UK Clio Cup with Jack Young, has become the latest high profile team to commit to the all-new Clio Cup UK championship in 2020.

    The Bristol based squad is looking to run at least three of the latest fifth generation Clio Cup race cars that will be used in the championship.

    Clio Cup UK’s inaugural season in 2020 will consist of seven race weekends.

    It will race five times alongside the British GT Championship and then at two more events overseas – Magny-Cours in France and Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.

    A full season’s registration is just £8,050.00 + vat. This covers all seven events and all entry fees etc (including the two events abroad).

    MRM Team Principal Mike Ritchie commented: “After our title success of 2019 with Jack Young, we are keen to keep racing in Renault circles and the look and feel of the new Clio Cup UK is very attractive.

    “The cars are affordable and the registration fee offers real value for money for drivers. The two events overseas are going to be a great experience for everyone on the grid – just over £8k for all seven events (14 races) including Magny-Cours and Barcelona doesn’t get much better for a driver.

    “We won at both overseas events we did in 2019 at Paul Ricard and Hockenheim which were organised by Renault Sport Racing who are now involved with this new championship in the UK and that is another big draw.

    “Ideally we’d like to run three cars and, although we are in talks with drivers, we’d be happy to hear from other interested parties – we could go to four or even five as we did at times in 2019.”

    New Clio Cup UK will use the latest fifth generation Clio Cup race car priced £32,750.00 + vat (based on current £/€ exchange rates).

    The car is powered by a 1.3 turbocharged engine producing 180bhp. Torque is put at 300Nm. Transmission is via a five-speed Sadev sequential (push-pull) gearbox.

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