CLIO CUP TIES UP BTCC SUP­PORT SLOT UN­TIL ’19

Tin-top class inks new deal to stay on lu­cra­tive TOCA pack­age

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Stephen Lick­o­r­ish Pho­tos: Jakob Ebrey

The Re­nault UK Clio Cup will re­main part of the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship sup­port bill un­til at least the end of 2019 af­ter sign­ing a new three-year deal with BTCC or­gan­iser TOCA.

Re­nault UK’S cham­pi­onships have a long as­so­ci­a­tion with the BTCC, ap­pear­ing along­side it since TOCA took over the run­ning of the se­ries in 1992. Since then the Clio Cup has es­tab­lished it­self as a ma­jor BTCC feeder cat­e­gory, with half of the 2015 tour­ing car grid hav­ing raced in Clios.

“This is good for Re­nault UK as it has been there with TOCA since it started,” said cham­pi­onship man­ager Will Fewkes. “It’s great to have the se­cu­rity of this deal for the teams, driv­ers and spon­sors.”

Re­nault UK com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Jeremy Townsend said: “BTCC events are with­out ques­tion the only place we would wish to po­si­tion the Clio Cup in or­der to gen­er­ate the lev­els of ex­po­sure we seek.

“We are grate­ful to TOCA for their pro­fes­sion­al­ism and look for­ward very much to con­tinue work­ing with them and build­ing on the BTCC’S huge suc­cess story into the fu­ture.”

BTCC se­ries di­rec­tor Alan Gow said: “The Re­nault UK Clio Cup was truly re-en­er­gised in 2015 and ended the year on the crest of a wave with some su­perb ac­tion on-track and a ti­tle race that cap­tured the imag­i­na­tions of many mo­tor rac­ing fans. Re­nault are rac­ers through and through so we are de­lighted that their Clio Cup will re­main an in­te­gral part of the BTCC’S race week­ends.”

Fewkes added that things are look­ing pos­i­tive for the 2016 sea­son, with a num­ber of new cars sold over the win­ter. Grid num­bers reached a two-year high at the end of 2015, and could be sur­passed this year.

Fewkes also said that he doesn’t see the new B-TEC De­vel­op­ment se­ries for older Next Gen­er­a­tion Tour­ing Cars as a threat to the Clio cham­pi­onship’s suc­cess. “I don’t think it will be a prob­lem,” he said. “You can’t go straight from kart­ing to driv­ing a tour­ing car, you still need steps [like Clios] in be­tween.”

Fewkes is pleased

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