This year’s Renault UK Clio Cup is set to be one of the hardest fought in history with a wealth of exciting young talent having signed to contest the championship under the watchful eye of the British Touring Car teams.
There are now just ten days before the season gets under way with the first two of the championship’s 18 races at the Brands Hatch circuit in Kent (Sat 4th/Sun 5th April).
All 18 Clio Cup races in 2015 will take place at British Touring Car events meaning huge trackside crowds and live TV coverage on ITV4. Great news for the series and all involved!
Of 2015’s entries, Jordan Stilp (20Ten) and Paul Rivett (WDE) are proven race winners in the Clio Cup – Stilp came close to winning 2014’s crown and Rivett won the title in 2002, 2004 and 2011.
This year we have nine new drivers to to the championship including two with proven track records in other BTCC support categories – Jack Mitchell won 2014’s Ginetta Junior title and Ashley Sutton was one of the leading names in the MSA Formula (Ford) championship and later a finalist of the prestigious McLaren Autosport Young Driver of the Year Award.
Elsewhere Team Pyro is looking to add a seventh drivers’ title in eight years while SV Racing heads into the new season as the reigning Teams Champion. Contesting their first full seasons in the Clio Cup are both the JamSport and BKR squads – the latter having signed Freddie Hunt, son of Britain’s 1976 Formula 1 World Champion James Hunt.
Furthermore the obvious links between the Clio Cup and British Touring Car Championship grid continue to increase: top BTCC team BMR has entered Sutton’s car in partnership with Pyro; Brett Smith is the son of BTCC racer Jeff Smith; Ash Hand is receiving tutelage from BTCC star and three-times World Touring Car champ Andy Priaulx; advising BKR is 2014 Clio Cup Champion and now BTCC racer Mike Bushell; Cooksport is run by Josh Cook, 2014 Clio Cup Vice-Champion and who himself has now followed Bushell into the BTCC.
Close to half the current BTCC grid – including the majority of the leading names – have all competed in or won the Clio Cup or come from another of Renault UK’s single-model racing categories.
Clio Cup Championship Manager Will Fewkes commented: “I am delighted with how our 2015 grid is taking shape and I know there are some more very nice announcements still to come… The quality of the teams and drivers is fantastic – it would not surprise me to see six or more names all still in with a chance of winning the title when we get to Brands Hatch’s final two rounds in October.”
Renault UK Communications Director Jeremy Townsend added: “2015 will mark the 16th consecutive year that our Clio Cup has run and it looks like being one of the very best in terms of competition and excitement. The talent on the grid is exceptional and it is terrific to see the connections between the Clio Cup’s teams and drivers and the BTCC keep growing.
“Looking at the list of drivers who have progressed from the ‘Renault family’ and done so well in touring cars, GTs, sportscars and single-seaters right up to Formula 1 makes everyone at Renault UK and Renaultsport very proud. We look forward to seeing who from 2015’s Clio Cup will join that very illustrious hall of fame…”
Entry List (provisional): 2015 Renault UK Clio Cup
|1||Ash Hand||Nuneaton||Team Pyro|
|3||Dan Holland||Dagenham||JamSport Racing|
|10||Ant Whorton-Eales||Lichfield||SV Racing|
|13||Rory Collingbourne (G)||Newport||Team Cooksport|
|16||Ashley Sutton (G)||Bishops Stortford||Team BMR with Pyro|
|19||Jack Mitchell (G)||West Kingsdown||SV Racing|
|22||Paul Rivett||Epsom||WDE Motorsport|
|24||George Jackson (G)||Bedford||JamSport Racing|
|32||Charles Ladell (G)||Nacton||Team Cooksport|
|35||Ben Seyfried (M)||Yeovil||SV Racing|
|38||Mark Howard (M)||Nottingham||20Ten Racing|
|39||Brett Smith (G)||Wellingborough||Team Pyro|
|43||Thomas Grundy (G)||Jumeriah, Dubai||JamSport Racing|
|50||Graham Field (M)||Southwell||20Ten Racing|
|63||Rory Green (G)||Hildenborough||WDE Motorsport|
|76||Freddie Hunt||Petworth||Team BKR|
|92||Jordan Stilp (G)||Towcester||20Ten Racing|
G: Graduate Cup (for drivers aged under 23 on 1 April and in their first full season of UK Clio Cup)
M: Masters Cup ( for drivers aged over 38 on 1 April)
RACE DATES: 2015 RENAULT UK CLIO CUP
|Sat 4th/Sun 5th Apr||Rounds 1 & 2||Brands Hatch Indy, Kent|
|Sat 18th/Sun 19th Apr||Rounds 3 & 4||Donington Park, Leics|
|Sat 9th/Sun 10th May||Rounds 5 & 6||Thruxton, Hants|
|Sat 6th/Sun 7th June||Rounds 7 & 8||Oulton Park Island, Cheshire|
|Sat 27th/Sun 28th June||Rounds 9 & 10||Croft, North Yorks|
|Sat 22nd/Sun 23rd Aug||Rounds 11 & 12||Knockhill, Fife|
|Sat 5th/Sun 6th Sept||Rounds 13 & 14||Rockingham, Northants|
|Sat 26th/Sun 27th Sept||Rounds 15 & 16||Silverstone National, Northants|
|Sat 10th/Sun 11th Oct||Rounds 17 & 18||Brands Hatch Grand Prix, Kent|