Before the show, it was announced that a Renault UK Clio Cup driver was launching his car’s livery at the NEC. So what? There are a plethora of unveilings at ASI, what could possibly be significant about this?
Well, it was significant. And very unexpected. Tom Grundy’s 2016 Clio has easily the most striking livery of any car in the category’s history, and quite a few other series as well.
It has a great story behind it too. At Brands Hatch at the start of last year, Grundy was looking for a toy for his team boss’s child. He found a NASCAR featuring a similar livery to what he’ll be racing with this year and set about a design. First his helmet featured the pattern and now his car has it too. “It’s had a great response,” says Grundy. His competitors certainly won’t be able to use the ‘I didn’t see him in the mirrors’ excuse now.