Renault Sport writes its latest chapter in its illustrious 40-year history of supporting motorsport in the UK this weekend (9/10 September) at Snetterton with the birth of the Clio Cup Junior Championship.
Open to drivers aged between 14 and 17-years-old, the cars are in effect the same as those in the senior UK Clio Cup. Slight modifications are made however with the top speed limited to 100mph, five gears instead of six and Michelin’s high performance Pilot Sport 3 road tyre instead of racing ‘slicks’.
Kicking off the eight-round campaign in Norfolk before visits to Brands Hatch, Pembrey and then back to Brands Hatch for the finale, the series is set to have a host of eyes transfixed on it.
A total of seven drivers are set to line up this weekend to kick off the season with more expected to join as each round passes. With free registration into the senior Clio Cup for 2018 - worth £18,000 - as the prize for the overall champion, every driver will be keen to kick off their campaigns on the right foot.
Renault Sport’s UK Motorsport Championship Manager, Will Fewkes, commented: “We are hugely excited about the prospects for Clio Cup Junior and to seeing it get under way at Snetterton this weekend.
"Before the championship has even got going we’ve received non-stop praise about the cars’ performance and what the championship potentially offers in terms of driver development.
“There is still plenty of time for drivers to join the grid with the racing carrying on into October and November and we would be very interested in hearing from those looking to compete in what are now the fastest and most technically advanced junior racing cars currently in UK motor sport.”
Jeremy Townsend, Renault UK’s Communications Director, added: “Renault has been UK motor sport’s most loyal supporter for more than four decades and we are delighted to continue that reputation with Clio Cup Junior.
“The effort behind the scenes to make this happen should not be underestimated and one could even consider this something of a ‘pilot’ with Renault Sport in Paris taking a keen interest with a view to rolling out the category in other regions.
“Meanwhile we look forward to Clio Cup Junior beginning in the UK and seeing who goes on to win the terrific Champion’s prize we’re able to offer.”