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Following Ant Whorton-Eales’ success in the 21st Renault Clio Cup senior’s championship last year we now look forward to this year’s action! The 2017 senior’s championship kicks off this weekend at Brands Hatch, with 24 drivers looking to take the spoils and give themselves and their team the best start possible.

Teams like JamSport Racing and Team Pryo will be busy with nine drivers between them in the senior cup, but their interests will stretch further this year as we introduce the Renault Clio Cup Junior Championship 2017.

The newly formed junior championship will give 14-17 year olds a platform to develop their racing skills and compete for the title of the first ever Renault Clio Cup Junior Champion.

Renault Clio Cup Junior Championships 2017

So far there are four competitors who have taken on the challenge and will be competing and with many more yet to be confirmed, it’s sure to be an exciting season!

The four racers can all take inspiration from the likes of Andy Piraulx and Jason Plato who both saw success in the Renault Clio Cup, leading to eventual BTTC and WTCC wins.

But who are the young drivers looking to follow in the footsteps of these stars?

Renault Retail Sponsors Max Marzorati

The first driver to announce they will race in the Renault UK Clip Cup Junior Championships is the young, exciting and extremely talented, Max Marzorati.

Max Marzorati

Sponsored by Renault Retail, Max has got a very promising first season ahead of him. Working alongside 2015 Renault Clio Cup champion, Ashley Sutton and the team at 20ten and Pyro; Max is feeling confident:

“I’ve sampled the UK Clio Cup Junior car a couple of times now and it is just phenomenal – I love driving it for its performance but also for what it is teaching me in terms of front-wheel-drive skills for the future.

I’m really pleased to be with the 20Ten-Pyro set-up too. Between them they have had a lot of success in the senior UK Clio Cup so I know I am very good hands. The plan now is for more testing before the season starts in early June.”

Other Renault Clio Cup Junior Competitors

Of course, there are three other competitors and these drivers will be filling up the grid come race week one on June 3rd.

Bradley Burns

Gus Burton

Harry Gooding

Renault Clio Cup Juniors Race Locations and Dates

These young drivers will be competing on six of the country’s best and most exciting tracks, many of which will be used for the senior championship also.

The full race calendar, round 1 thru 12 will give the drivers a chance to test their mettle and push themselves to the limit.

Below we have all the tracks they will be racing on, including the track length, amount of turns and even the previous fastest lap.

Thruxton

Rounds: 1 & 2
Dates: 3rd-4th June 2017

Circuit Length (km): 3.793
Turns: 11
Fastest Lap: Ed Peals, 2004 – 1minute23.443 seconds

Thruxton

Rockingham

Rounds: 3 & 4
Dates: 1st-2nd July 2017
Circuit Length (km): 3.12
Turns: 12
Fastest Lap: Ben Winrow, 2008 – 1minute30.128 seconds

Rockingham

Donington Park National

Rounds: 5 & 6
Dates: 22nd-23rd July 2017
Circuit Length (km): 3.149
Turns: 10
Fastest Lap: Ant Whorton-Eales, 2015 – 1minute16.975 seconds

Donington Park National

Snetterton 300

Rounds: 7 & 8
Dates: 9th-10th September 2017
Circuit Length (km): 4.779
Turns: 13
Fastest Lap: Paul Rivett, 2016 – 2minutes07.458 seconds

Snetterton 300

Brands Hatch

Rounds: 9 & 10
Dates: 23rd-24th September 2017
Circuit Length (km): 3.908
Turns: 9
Fastest Lap: Paul Rivett, 2016 – 2minutes07.458 seconds

Brands Hatch

Pembrey

Rounds: 11 & 12
Dates: 14th-15th October 2017
Circuit Length (km): 2.348
Turns: 8
Fastest Lap: N/A

Pembrey

Renault Clio Cup Juniors Championship Cars

With a season budget of just £30,000, the similarities between the cars used for the juniors and seniors might come as a surprise.

The juniors will sit behind a steering wheel mounted paddle, on top of Michelin’s Pilot Sport 3 tyres and be powered by a 1.6litre four-cylinder engine.

Driving a race prepared version of the Clio 220 trophy promises to lead to thrills and drama, despite the EDU modification locking them out of sixth gear.

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Renault Clio Cup Senior Season 2017

While we wait for this exciting new season to start for the budding racers, attention shifts to this weekend as we look ahead to the first race of 2017 in the Renault Clio Cup Seniors.

Team No. Driver
Jamsport Racing 1 Graham Field
27 Nathan Harrison
41 Aaron Thompson
88 Lucas Orrock
Team Pyro 3 Ollie Pidgley
4 Jack McCarthy
21 Mike Bushell
31 Cameron Roberts
83 Kyle Hornby
WDE Motorsport 5 Lee Pattison
22 Paul Rivett
26 Paul Streather
45 Dan Zelos
PP Motorsport 7 James Colburn
Ciceley Motorsport 9 Jade Edwards
46 Sam Osborne
71 Max Coates
94 Luke Reade
Westbourne Motorsport 13 Ambrogio Perfetti
32 James Dorlin
35 Oscar Rovelli
95 Myles Collins
DRM 16 Daniel Rowbottom
SDR Motorsports 28 Shayne Deegan

The Drivers

Brands Hatch Indy hosts the opening weekend of racing for the Clio Cup which will see 24 drivers line up on the grid hoping to take home the spoils.

Renault Clio Cup Seniors Race Dates

Many of these teams, racers and organisers will be looking beyond the first race week as a long schedule, ending back at Brands Hatch waits on October 1st.

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Race week Rounds Circuit Date
1 1 Brands Hatch (Indy) 1st April
2 2nd April
2 3 Donington Park 15 April
4 16th April
3 5 Thruxton Circuit 6th May
6 7th May
4 7 Outlon Park 20th May
8 21st May
5 9 Croft Circuit 10th June
10 11th June
6 11 Snetterton 300 29th July
12 30th July
7 13 Rockingham Speedway 26th August
14 27th August
8 15 Silverstone Circuit 16th September
16 17th September
9 17 Brands Hatch (Grand Prix) 30th September
18 1st October

Last year it took 430 points to wrap up the title and we saw it go right down to the last race. This year we are expecting more fireworks and pulsating racing from both the juniors and the seniors.

Because the Clio Cup senior races will take place at the British Touring Car Championship events, you can watch the action-packed coverage live and for free on ITV4.

So who will you be supporting in the championships this year? We’ll be following the Junior races live from the track, so don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter in preparation for the championship starting at the beginning of June.