UK Winter: Series newsletter 2009-10-30

NEW TEAM JOINS CLIO WINTER CUP SERIES Entries for the 2009 ELF Renault Clio Winter Cup with Michelin continue to grow with Darren Wilson the latest driver to register for the one-make series which takes place at Northamptonshire's Rockingham...

NEW TEAM JOINS CLIO WINTER CUP SERIES

Entries for the 2009 ELF Renault Clio Winter Cup with Michelin continue to grow with Darren Wilson the latest driver to register for the one-make series which takes place at Northamptonshire's Rockingham Motor Speedway on Saturday, 7th November.

The 43-year-old racer from Newark in Nottingham, who finished 21st in his debut Clio Cup season, will be competing with 20Ten Racing, a brand new Clio Cup team based in Derby and headed up by Team Manager Simon Hunt together with Wilson.

Wilson becomes the sixth driver to join the series along with Total Control Racing's Sam Tordoff (Leeds) and Daniel Lloyd (Huddersfield), Westbourne Motorsport's James Colburn (Worthing) and Clio Cup newcomers Matthew Munson (Burnham, Bucks) and Paul Plant (Copthorne, West Sussex) who are both backed by Stancombe Vehicle Engineering.

Commenting on the announcement, Wilson said: "I really enjoyed my debut Clio Cup season and managed to finish in all but one round. The winter series is a great way of keeping my hand in for next season but also to give the new team a taste of what to expect.

"We had always planned to set up a team at the end of the year after learning the ropes from an established team. We've already placed an order for a new Clio Cup car with the upgraded engine which, along with my current car, means we'll have at least two entries for the 2010 championship."

This year's Clio Winter Cup sees a change from previous years with the series being contested over just two rounds instead of the previous four in order to help boost costs for both teams and drivers. Organisers are also offering a 5% discount from the 2010 ELF Renault Clio Cup with Michelin registration fee to all drivers who take part in this year's Winter Cup.

The series will still adopt the same format as used in recent years of 1x qualifying session and 2 x races with testing taking place on the Friday beforehand. Cars without the latest bodywork update, introduced during the summer, will also be allowed to compete.

Registrations for the series will remain open until early November.

-credit: renaultsport.co.uk

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Drivers Sam Tordoff , Darren Wilson , Daniel Lloyd