The Renault UK Clio Cup is set to begin its final season at Brands Hatch this weekend (April 6/7) with an ultra-competitive entry list aiming to write their name into the history books.
Coinciding with the end of its current three-year contract with TOCA and the last year of the fourth generation Clio car, Renault UK confirmed at the end of last year that the 2019 campaign would be the last for the championship.
Since its inception in 1991 the one-make category has enjoyed unrivalled success, especially in the 19 years it has supported the British Touring Car Championship, and has become the ideal proving ground for drivers to elevate themselves further up the UK motorsport ladder.
With a pulsating 18-round calendar kicking off at the Kent venue this weekend, the race to be crowned the last Renault UK Clio Cup champion is set to be captivating.
Team HARD heads the entry list with a three-pronged challenge for the title, led by Max Coates. Having narrowly missed out on the overall crown last year, Coates returns for his fourth season in the season with his sights firmly set on lifting the championship trophy.
Joining Coates is former Junior Saloon Car Champion race winner Ethan Hammerton and fan favourite Jade Edwards. Hammerton will embark on his inaugural season in the senior Clio category whilst Edwards is bidding to score a breakthrough podium and race win after a turbulent 2018 campaign.
Westbourne Motorsport will field a four-car attack with Ben Colburn keen to build on the few rounds that he competed in at the end of last year. Joining Colburn is Finlay Robinson, who steps up from the Michelin Clio Cup Series, Aaron Thompson and the returning Anton Spires – also a product of the Clio Cup Series.
MRM Racing’s charge this year after coming off the back of a superlative performance in the Renault UK Clio Cup International event, winning overall. After triumphing in the Renault UK Clio Cup Junior, the Northern Irishman became a potent threat towards the front of the field in 2018 and will be keen to build on his momentum.
In addition, Young emerged as the man to beat at the 2019 Media Day as he dipped under the official Clio Cup lap record around Silverstone National. Brett Lidsey and Ben Davis join Young at MRM.
Rounding out the grid for this season is Luke Warr, who will also be looking to pose a threat at the sharp end of the field.
With two pulsating encounters around the Indy circuit set to have fans on the edge of their seats this weekend, the Renault UK Clio Cup is set to begin its farewell tour in typical unpredictable style at Brands Hatch.
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