Renault looking at future UK motorsport options beyond Clio Cup
Renault is already assessing different options for future motorsport activity in the UK after it decided to axe the Clio Cup at the end of this season.
It was confirmed just before Christmas that the popular Clio Cup would not continue beyond 2019 with the timing of the series’ demise coinciding with the planned introduction of the fifth-generation Clio. That only applies to the UK, with other Clio Cup championships around the world continuing and a new series being launched in the Middle East.
Despite the decision, Renault Sport Racing sporting manager Tarik Ait Said has revealed that talks about future projects have already begun.
“In the UK the decision has been taken that it would be best to not to continue [the Clio Cup] for 2020,” he told MN. “It doesn’t mean there won’t be any motorsport activities in the UK forever. But we had to consider how it would be in 2020.
“We’re already working with Renault UK about other things to do. Renault UK has a lot of activity around Formula 1 and there are other activities that may come in 2020 or 2021. We’ve just started looking at different options.”
Ait Said would not be drawn on any of the ideas but recognises the manufacturer’s long history in the UK.
The Clio Cup series began in 1991 but Renault’s one-make history dates back to the 1970s with the Renault 5. It also supported the Formula Renault UK series between 1989 and 2011.
Renault has been a mainstay of UK racing scene for decades