BTCC man Smi­ley moves to Clio Cup

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Chris Smi­ley has switched from the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship to the Re­nault UK Clio Cup for the re­main­der of the 2016 sea­son.

The North­ern Ir­ish­man, who has fin­ished in­side the top 20 in two BTCC races this year, has been let down by fund­ing and his Team Hard Toy­ota Aven­sis has also been plagued by un­re­li­a­bil­ity.

He will now swap to race a Jam-sport-pre­pared Clio for the re­main­ing eight races of the year.

“It is a shame, be­cause this was al­ways meant to be the start of a long-term plan in the BTCC, but it has not been a happy few months,” ex­plained the 24-yearold from Car­rick­fer­gus. “Ev­ery­thing has been a strug­gle and we sim­ply have not been able to per­form to the level I ex­pected.

“I wanted to keep on rac­ing, and do­ing it in the Re­nault Clio Cup is per­fect be­cause it keeps me on the radar of the tour­ing car teams by be­ing on the sup­port pack­age. I want to show that I am still ca­pa­ble of win­ning races.”

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