Bushell heads back to Re­nault Clio Cup af­ter BTCC chances dry up

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For­mer Re­nault UK Clio Cup cham­pion Mike Bushell will re­turn to the se­ries this year af­ter be­ing un­able to se­cure a seat in the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship.

The 26-year-old won the Clio ti­tle in 2014 and grad­u­ated to the BTCC last year driv­ing an AMD Ford Fo­cus. But Bushell en­dured a tough cam­paign, with a hefty shunt at Thrux­ton dent­ing his bud­get.

Bushell will now re­join Team Pyro in Clios this year, the sqaud he won the ti­tle with.

“Last year didn’t go as well as I would’ve hoped,” he said. “The BTCC is very easy to get drawn in to and it’s like an ad­dic­tive drug, it’s very easy to make de­ci­sions that don’t work out in the long run, so I’ve de­cided to go back to Clios.

“Pyro are great friends of mine. I helped Cice­ley run in their new cars and then started talk­ing to Pyro. It was great to get back be­hind the wheel.”

Pyro boss Mark Hunt said: “The tran­si­tion to tour­ing cars is very dif­fi­cult. Mike was driv­ing quite an old car and that makes it tough – it’s like play­ing ten­nis with a smaller racket. Some peo­ple go into tour­ing cars and you never see them again, so it’s great to have Mike back.”

Ir­ish­man David Dick­en­son will also re­join the team, hav­ing pre­vi­ously raced in the UK Clio Cup and Clio Eurocup with Pyro. He also fin­ished run­ner-up in the 2014 Clio Race Se­ries with the squad.

“There’s no rea­son why Mike or David can’t win the ti­tle,” said Hunt.

Reign­ing Masters Cup cham­pion Mark Howard will also re­main with Pyro. “It will be nice to try and go for the Masters again with Mark,” Hunt added.

Pyro plans to run a cou­ple more cars in the se­ries and the driv­ers of those will be an­nounced in the next few weeks once the deals have been con­firmed.

Bushell will re­join Clio Cup grid with Team Pyro this year

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