Renault Clio Cup United Kingdom

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Renault Clio Cup UK
Clio cup.jpg
Category One-make racing by Renault
(Renault Clio Cup)
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Inaugural season 1974
Classes Main Class
Masters Cup
Rookie Cup
Drivers 30 (2012)
Teams 13 (2012)
Constructors Renault
Tyre suppliers Michelin
Drivers' champion United Kingdom Josh Files
Teams' champion Team Pyro
Official website Renault Sport Clio Cup UK
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

The Renault Clio Cup United Kingdom is an entry level One-make, Touring car racing motor sport category and the current name in the long history of Renault one-make cups in the UK. It currently attracts drivers from across the United Kingdom to compete along with several drivers for European countries. The championship has been run to various regulations over the years, and can trace its history back to 1974. Several former drivers have become successful in other Touring car racing formulae, including Andy Priaulx, who went on to become multiple World Touring Car Championship champion and Jason Plato who is multiple British Touring Car Championship champion. The championship currently runs on the support package of the British Touring Car Championship. The current series promoter is the British Automobile Racing Club, after previously being the promoter from 1974 to 2011.[1] Prior to this, SRO promoted the series in 2012.

History[edit]

A Clio Renaultsport 197, used between 2007 and 2009
A Clio Renaultsport 200, used since 2009, run by Scuderia Vittoria

Renault have a long history of One-make racing in the UK and the series can trace its root back as far as 1974, when drivers competed in Renault 5 TL's. The championship continued with various other models of the Renault 5 including the Renault 5 TS between 1978?–1979? and the Renault 5 GT Turbo between 1987?–1990. When the Renault 5 was replaced with the Mark I Renault Clio, the championship switched too, using the Mark I between 1991 and 1995. The Renault Sport Spider roadster was used between 1996 and 1999 before returning the to Clio, this time utilizing the newer Renault Sport versions. In 2000 and 2001, the series used the Clio Renaultsport 172, followed by the Clio Renaultsport 182 between 2002 and 2006. Between 2007 and 2009, the Clio Renaultsport 197 was used.[2] This was replaced partway through the 2009 season with the latest Clio Renaultsport 200, which is currently used. However, from the 2014 season, the new Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo race car will be used for the British championship.[1]

Historically, the championship has been run using the tires from the French manufacturer Michelin. However, from 2013, tires for the championship will be supplied be Dunlop who also supply tires to other championships on the TOCA package, including the BTCC[1]

The series' past champion winners includes Andy Priaulx, Jason Plato and Tom Onslow-Cole. Other than that, past drivers of the series that were notable outside of racing were Andrew Ridgeley of the pop group Wham! in 1985[3] and it introduced actor Rowan Atkinson to motorsport, which he raced seldom between 1984 to 1990. One of his races was documented for his one-off show, Driven Man. The car has since re-emerged for a reunion race in 2004, which he aimed to compete in, but had to be substituted by Perry McCarthy, due to illness. Atkinson bought the car following the race and was auctioned off in a Bonhams auction in 2005.

Championship format[edit]

The championship currently has 16 races held at eight double header rounds at circuits across England. The series supports the British Touring Car Championship at eight of its ten rounds. In 2012, Brands Hatch held two rounds of the championship, whilst Donington Park, Thruxton, Oulton Park, Snetterton, Rockingham and Sliverstone each held one round. In the past, the series has also formed part of the support package for the British rounds of the World Series by Renault.

On a race weekend, the drivers have a 30 minute qualifying session, with the fastest times setting the grid for race one and their second fastest times setting the race 2 grid. Races are held over a minimum of 30 miles.[4]

Current points system[edit]

Points are awarded to the top 20 drivers in each race as well as the driver(s) setting the fastest lap using the following system:

Current points system.[4]
 1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th   16th   17th   18th   19th   20th  Fastest Lap
32 28 25 22 20 18 16 14 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 2

Champions[edit]

Season Champion Renault Model Winter Series Champion
1974 United Kingdom Neil McGrath[5] Renault 5 TL Not Held
1975 United Kingdom Neil McGrath[5]
1976 United Kingdom Neil McGrath[5]
1977 Not Held
1978 United Kingdom Neil McGrath[5] Renault 5 TS
1979 United Kingdom Jim Edwards Sr.
1980 Not Held
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985 Renault 5 GT Turbo
1986
1987 United Kingdom Barrie Wiliams
1988
1989
1990 United Kingdom Jim Edwards Jr.
1991 Renault Clio Mk.I
1992 United Kingdom Matt Johnson
1993 United Kingdom Alastair Lyall
1994 United Kingdom John Bintcliffe
1995 United Kingdom Lee Brookes
1996 United Kingdom Jason Plato Renault Sport Spider
1997 United Kingdom Bryce Wilson
1998 United Kingdom Dan Eaves
1999 United Kingdom Andy Priaulx
2000 United Kingdom Jim Edwards Jr. Clio Renaultsport 172
2001 United Kingdom Daniel Buxton
2002 United Kingdom Paul Rivett Clio Renaultsport 182 United Kingdom Tom Ferrier
2003 Republic of Ireland Jonathan Fildes United Kingdom Paul Rivett
2004 United Kingdom Paul Rivett United Kingdom Jonathan Adam
2005 United Kingdom Jonathan Adam United Kingdom Matt Allison
2006 United Kingdom Tom Onslow-Cole Austria Niki Lanik
2007 United Kingdom Martin Byford Clio Renaultsport 197 Austria Niki Lanik
2008 United Kingdom Ben Winrow Not Held
2009 United Kingdom Phil Glew
Clio Renaultsport 200
2010 United Kingdom Dave Newsham
2011 United Kingdom Paul Rivett
2012 United Kingdom Jack Goff
2013 United Kingdom Josh Files

Other UK Championships[edit]

When the British Automobile Racing Club returned as Clio Cup UK series promoter in December 2012, they set out their plans for the national championship for the next two years. With the announcement that the current Clio Renaultsport 200 race car will be replaced from 2014 season, Reanult UK and the BARC announced a new entry level series to be known as the Michelin Clio Cup Series with Protyre. This championship, which will begin in 2013, is aimed at amateur and track day drivers and will use the current Clio Renaultsport 200 as well as the previous generation Clio Renaultsport 197. A four round, double header calendar was also announced for 2013, visiting four of the UK's top racing circuits.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "British Automobile Racing Club takes helm of Renault UK Clio Cup". Renault Sport UK (Renault Sport). 7 December 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Clio Cup curtain-raiser thrills Brands Hatch crowds automotoportal.com (April 3, 2007)
  3. ^ The Drivers : Andrew Ridgeley historicracing.com
  4. ^ a b "2012 AIRASIA RENAULT UK CLIO CUP CHAMPIONSHIP REGULATIONS". British Automobile Racing Club (British Automobile Racing Club). 27 February 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d BRDC Archive Biography: Neil McGrath brdc.co.uk
  6. ^ "New entry-level Clio Cup Series launched by Renault & BARC". Renault Sport UK (Renault Sport). 17 December 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 

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