The Renault UK Clio Cup have confirmed a raft of changes regarding their sporting regulations for the upcoming 2017 season.
As the countdown towards the annual curtain-raiser at Brands Hatch approaches, the biggest changes come in relation to the points scoring system and the removal of dropped scores.
Results in all 18 rounds will now count towards a driver’s final points total whereas in the past the championship had allowed for two dropped scores to be taken into account. The number of points awarded for the top 20 drivers in each race remains unchanged for 2017.
In the UK Clio Cup’s Masters category - for the older drivers on the grid - the age has dropped for those wanting to compete. Previously at 38, the age has now been lowered to 34 as of April 1st.
There has also been tweaks to the championship’s testing regulations. For 2017, no driver registered for the championship will be permitted to drive a latest-spec UK Clio Cup race car on any part of a circuit within the 28 of it hosting a round.
The final change comes with the addition to the championship prize fund. Once again the outright champion will receive the much valued prize in a latest specification BTCC car whilst the winners of both the Masters and Graduates cup trophies will now receive 25% off their registration fees for the 2018 UK Clio Cup.
Renault Sport’s UK Motorsport Championship Manager Will Fewkes commented: “We value greatly the feedback we receive from our teams and stakeholders and these changes are a result of that.
“More than ever young drivers see the UK Clio Cup as the place to be ahead of a step into the British Touring Car Championship so employing an ‘all rounds count’ system gets them thinking more and more like drivers in the BTCC who use a similar system.
“Our revised testing regulations enable our teams to generate more business and we’re also very pleased to reward our Masters and Graduates Cup champions with prizes that are almost double the value what was on offer in 2016.”