Renault Clio Cup United Kingdom
|Category||One-make racing by Renault
(Renault Clio Cup)
|Drivers' champion||Ashley Sutton|
|Teams' champion||Team Pyro|
|Official website||Renault Sport Clio Cup UK|
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. Prior to this, SRO promoted the series in 2012.
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 to the 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. 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.
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
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 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.
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.
Current points system
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.|
|Season||Champion||Renault Model||Winter Series Champion|
|1974||Neil McGrath||Renault 5 TL||Not Held|
|1978||Neil McGrath||Renault 5 TS|
|1979||Jim Edwards Sr.|
|1985||Renault 5 GT Turbo|
|1990||Jim Edwards Jr.|
|1991||Renault Clio Mk.I|
|1996||Jason Plato||Renault Sport Spider|
|2000||Jim Edwards Jr.||Clio Renaultsport 172|
|2002||Paul Rivett||Clio Renaultsport 182||Tom Ferrier|
|2003||Jonathan Fildes||Paul Rivett|
|2004||Paul Rivett||Jonathan Adam|
|2005||Jonathan Adam||Matt Allison|
|2006||Tom Onslow-Cole||Niki Lanik|
|2007||Martin Byford||Clio Renaultsport 197||Niki Lanik|
|2008||Ben Winrow||Not Held|
|2009||Phil Glew ‡|
|Clio Renaultsport 200|
|2014||Mike Bushell||Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo EDC|
- ^‡ — In 2009, for the first half of the season, drivers used the Clio Renaultsport 197. For the second half, drivers used the Clio Renaultsport 200.
Other UK Championships
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.
- "British Automobile Racing Club takes helm of Renault UK Clio Cup". Renault Sport UK (Renault Sport). 7 December 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
- Clio Cup curtain-raiser thrills Brands Hatch crowds automotoportal.com (April 3, 2007)
- The Drivers : Andrew Ridgeley historicracing.com
- "2012 AIRASIA RENAULT UK CLIO CUP CHAMPIONSHIP REGULATIONS" (PDF). British Automobile Racing Club (British Automobile Racing Club). 27 February 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
- BRDC Archive Biography: Neil McGrath brdc.co.uk
- "New entry-level Clio Cup Series launched by Renault & BARC". Renault Sport UK (Renault Sport). 17 December 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2012.