Renault UK’s brand new Clio Cup Junior series roared into life at Snetterton this past weekend (9/10 September) and Championship Manager Will Fewkes believes it will only get stronger as each round passes.
Nearly a year on from the initial launch announcement, seven drivers wrote themselves into the history books as they duked it out in two highly entertaining encounters around the Norfolk circuit with Max Marzorati and Ethan Hammerton taking a win apiece.
Reflecting on the weekend, Fewkes said: “Two different drivers – one of them on his car racing debut – representing two different teams winning, all four teams registered so far sharing in the six podium places available on the day, a pair of very exciting races with the lead changing hands plenty of times and a tie for the championship lead…
“What an absolutely fantastic way for Clio Cup Junior to get under way. After a lot of effort behind the scenes to bring the category to fruition there are a lot of big smiles on the faces of the Renault Sport UK team.”
Next up on the calendar for the series is Brands Hatch in just over one weeks’ time. With Marzorati and Connor Grady tied at the top of the standings and the rest of the drivers all within striking distance of the summit, the action is set to be even closer.
Whilst the dust continues to settle from Snetterton, Fewkes is also expecting the grid to grow in size.
He explained: “Given the very tight nature of the Brands Hatch Indy circuit I predict the competition there will be even closer than we saw at Snetterton.
“Certainly the quality is there straight away in terms of both teams and drivers and quality is what our championships have always been about – just look at who’s come out of them.
“We’ve had a really positive response following the weekend from interested parties looking to join the grid as more people realise that Clio Cup Junior is setting new standards in junior car racing in the UK.
“I am confident we will see the grid size increase before our current four events end in November and I am already looking forward to 2018.”