Renault UK have added another junior series to the market with the launch of the Renault UK Clio Cup Junior Championship. The new series, which will be open to driver aged between 14 and 17, will begin next year.
Fixtures are yet to be confirmed, but Renault UK have obtained approval from the Motor Sports Association’s Championship Control Panel to launch the new series.
Teenagers will be able to drive identical cars to those used in the Renault UK Clio Cup, but these cars will be limited to a maximum speed of 100mph.
Renault are hoping the entry-level series will appeal to smaller racing outfits, and also hope to encourage female drivers.
“Tight technical regulations and strict enforcement will certainly mean that each entrant will be competing in the same machinery, making it the perfect arena in which to showcase driver ability,” said Renault Sport UK’s Motorsport championship manager, Will Fewkes.
“We feel this marks a real shift in junior racing marketplace all round and we’ve also worked hard to ensure that the racing calendar we have in mind will work around school term time for youngsters.”
No dates have been confirmed, but the plan is to run the championship over six two day events, with practice, qualifying, and two races at each event.
Of course, one of the main challenges to drivers starting out their careers is the cost, but a special financial option will be introduced. The cost of purchasing the cars will be spread, with help from the Moorgate Motorsport finance group.
Feature Image credit: Renault UK Clio Cup Junior Press Office