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.
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.
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.
Rounds: 1 & 2
Dates: 3rd-4th June 2017
Circuit Length (km): 3.793
Fastest Lap: Ed Peals, 2004 – 1minute23.443 seconds
Rounds: 3 & 4
Dates: 1st-2nd July 2017
Circuit Length (km): 3.12
Fastest Lap: Ben Winrow, 2008 – 1minute30.128 seconds
Donington Park National
Rounds: 5 & 6
Dates: 22nd-23rd July 2017
Circuit Length (km): 3.149
Fastest Lap: Ant Whorton-Eales, 2015 – 1minute16.975 seconds
Rounds: 7 & 8
Dates: 9th-10th September 2017
Circuit Length (km): 4.779
Fastest Lap: Paul Rivett, 2016 – 2minutes07.458 seconds
Rounds: 9 & 10
Dates: 23rd-24th September 2017
Circuit Length (km): 3.908
Fastest Lap: Paul Rivett, 2016 – 2minutes07.458 seconds
Rounds: 11 & 12
Dates: 14th-15th October 2017
Circuit Length (km): 2.348
Fastest Lap: N/A
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.
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.
|Jamsport Racing||1||Graham Field|
|Team Pyro||3||Ollie Pidgley|
|WDE Motorsport||5||Lee Pattison|
|PP Motorsport||7||James Colburn|
|Ciceley Motorsport||9||Jade Edwards|
|Westbourne Motorsport||13||Ambrogio Perfetti|
|SDR Motorsports||28||Shayne Deegan|
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.
|1||1||Brands Hatch (Indy)||1st April|
|2||3||Donington Park||15 April|
|3||5||Thruxton Circuit||6th May|
|4||7||Outlon Park||20th May|
|5||9||Croft Circuit||10th June|
|6||11||Snetterton 300||29th July|
|7||13||Rockingham Speedway||26th August|
|8||15||Silverstone Circuit||16th September|
|9||17||Brands Hatch (Grand Prix)||30th September|
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.