The Renault UK Clio Cup will be a British Touring Car Championship support race until at least the end of 2019 after a three year deal was signed with BTCC organiser TOCA.
Renault’s relationship with the BTCC began way back in 1992, leading the way as a top touring car support series. Half of the drivers on the 2015 BTCC grid developed their skills in Renaultsport categories.
The position of the support series not only puts the young drivers right under the noses of the BTCC team principals, but in the spotlight of the television audience that tunes in to watch the senior championship.
“Renault UK is thrilled and immensely proud to have concluded this agreement – a year in advance of it beginning in 2017,” said Jeremy Townsend, Communications Director for Renault UK. “The UK Clio Cup is Renault’s premier motor sporting activity in Britain and the BTCC’s events are without question the only place we would wish to position it in order to generate the levels of exposure we seek.”
“The Renault UK Clio Cup was truly re-energised in 2015 and really ended the year on the crest of a wave with its biggest grids in two years, some superb action on-track and a title race that captured the imaginations of many motor racing fans,” said Alan Gow, BTCC Series Director. “Renault are racers through and through and also fiercely loyal to their teams and drivers as well as the BTCC so naturally we are delighted that their UK Clio Cup will remain an integral part of the BTCC’s race weekends through to and including 2019. Likewise to be extending our long-lasting and very strong relationship with Renault UK.”
“This is absolutely fantastic news as it provides all the teams, drivers, sponsors and partners on the UK Clio Cup grid with tremendous stability,” said Will Fewkes, Renaultsport’s UK Motorsport Championship Manager. “This clear direction and knowing they will continue to receive vast levels of exposure in front of a highly captive audience will also be vital to career paths, business models and marketing strategies alike. This news also follows on from the stand-out season of competition the UK Clio Cup enjoyed at BTCC events in 2015 and which has led to 2016 being one of the most anticipated seasons in the championship’s history.”
Feature Image Credit: Renault UK Clio Cup Press Office