EARLY CLIO INTEREST IN RENAULT'S 35th YEAR BEFORE the 2008 ELF Renault Clio Cup season has officially ended, enquiries are being fielded regarding the 2009 season, which will mark the 35th anniversary of Renault's one-make saloon-car debut in ...
EARLY CLIO INTEREST IN RENAULT'S 35th YEAR
BEFORE the 2008 ELF Renault Clio Cup season has officially ended, enquiries are being fielded regarding the 2009 season, which will mark the 35th anniversary of Renault's one-make saloon-car debut in UK motorsport.
Next year is the 10th season since Clio Cup racing returned to the BTCC support bill following four years when the Renault Sport Spider was used in its place - a period that saw Andy Priaulx and Jason Plato triumph in the onemake series.
While many current drivers have indicated a desire to return after another action-packed season, Renault Sport UK has had calls from drivers in several other one-make series at national and club level as well as from other areas of the sport such as rallying.
Recent media reports highlight Ginetta racer Daniel Lloyd's switch to Clio Cup, as the series continues to attract interest from other championships around the country.
Clio Championship Manager Simon North said: "35 years of unbroken involvement in British motorsport is something Renault can be rightly proud of and is testament to the hundreds of drivers who helped make the series what it is."
A MINUTE WITH... JONATHAN RIDLEY-HOLLOWAY
Sum up your season? I've enjoyed it but had an up and down year with too many non-finishes. When it's gone well, I've been in the top 10 but not often enough.
You can improve next year? I've sold my car but plan to buy a new one and at this stage I'm looking at Clio Cup or nothing, as long as I can raise a budget.
A busy weekend ahead? I'm racing the Britcar 24-hour at Silverstone. We've won the class the last two years so I'm determined to do it and do well.
What's the schedule? Night qualifying at Silverstone, then down to Brands for quali and race one. Back up the M1 again and straight in the car for three hours, another three hours from 6am Sunday and back to Brands for the last race!
ACTION from Clio Cup round 14 at Snetterton is airing this weekend on Motorsport UK, with a final showing of Ben Winrow's eighth win of the year appearing on ITV4 on Saturday, 20th September. Highlights of round 16 at Oulton Park, won by 2007 vice-champion Stefan Hodgetts on his return to the series, will appear in the first week of October.
TEENAGER Alex MacDowall was awarded the THB Clowes Driver of the Day award for round 17 at Silverstone after his seventh top-five finish of the season. The award for round 18 went to first-time race-winner Lee Pattison. After narrowly missing on a podium the previous day, Pattison had a superb race from the front to clinch victory.
AMERY Motorsport has a new driver at Brands Hatch, with Legends racer Dave Newsham racing car #21. Newsham, the 2004 Scottish Legends Rookie champion, currently lies second in the UK Legends series. Max Hunter lies second in the Mini 7 series as he tries to defend his title and will make his Clio Cup debut for champion team JHR Developments.