UK: Series news 2010-06-30

BOOST FOR CLIO CUP SERIES AS RENAULT SPORT RELAXES TESTING RESTRICTIONS Renault Sport UK has temporarily lifted the in-season testing restrictions on the ELF Renault Clio Cup with Michelin series to aid current competitors during the unusual...

BOOST FOR CLIO CUP SERIES AS RENAULT SPORT RELAXES TESTING RESTRICTIONS

Renault Sport UK has temporarily lifted the in-season testing restrictions on the ELF Renault Clio Cup with Michelin series to aid current competitors during the unusual long break in the calendar as well as encourage new drivers to the championship.

Previously, championship regulations have strictly prohibited private testing outside of official test days in order to cap costs. Yet following recent discussions with teams, the regulation has been provisionally lifted in order to let drivers test during the current six week break for the World Cup which is the longest ever interruption to the series.

Drivers can therefore test at two agreed venues; Cheshire's Oulton Park and Northamptonshire's Rockingham Motor Speedway -- circuits already raced on -- between now and the end of July.

As well as helping this season's competitors to keep their hand in before the next rounds at Snetterton (7th/8th August), it is hoped the move will also encourage new talent to the one-make series which is a prominent support race to the British Touring Car Championship.

What's more, Renault Sport UK is also offering the upgraded bodykit, first introduced at last year's World Series by Renault, and the new, more powerful engine (5hp increase), as used on the road-going Clio Renaultsport 200, at 2009 prices.

Championship Promoter Simon North commented: "We've never had such a long break in the calendar like this before and after speaking to the teams it was felt that by temporarily relaxing the testing regulations it would allow drivers to refresh their skills but also tempt new drivers to the series. We're also hoping the decision to offer the upgraded bodykit and more powerful engine at last year's prices will help make the series even more accessible to newcomers."

Commenting on the announcement, JHR Developments Team Manager Steven Hunter said: "We think it's a positive move which will enable teams to test potential new drivers. We're planning on testing on two of the dates permitted which will also include debut tests for some new drivers."

The next rounds (11 and 12) of the ELF Renault Clio Cup with Michelin take place at Norfolk's Snetterton circuit on 7th/8th August where Renault Sport UK will also be hosting its charity Duathlon event. Held every year, the cycle, run, cycle race takes place after Friday's test session with all the money raised going to Cancer Research UK.

-source: renaultsport.co.uk

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