The Renault UK Clio Cup will be represented by six drivers in Renault Sport Racing’s International Clio Cup Open at this month’s French Formula 1 Grand Prix (June21/22/23).
Jack Young, Brett Lidsey, Aaron Thompson, Ben Colburn, James Colburn and Luke Warr will all fly the flag for the one-make series around the demanding Paul Ricard Circuit, going wheel-to-wheel against some of the fastest drivers in championships around the world.
Following this weekend’s latest rounds at Croft Circuit (June 22/23), drivers and their cars will make the trip across the channel.
Currently residing first and second in the standings, Young and Lidsey are no strangers to the International Open having contested the ‘Clio Cup World Final’ in November around the 3.6 mile layout.
Teenage sensation Young famously emerged as the outright winner from the race after beating no less than 90 drivers from six different countries.
Whilst Young and Lidsey have cut their teeth on the international stage, it will be a new experience for the Westbourne Motorsport Colburn brothers, Thompson and Warr.
Qualifying to determine their positions on the capacity 50-car grid will be on Saturday morning, followed by race one which follows later that day – straight after F1’s final third free practice session. Race two will then take place on Sunday morning as part of the warm-up act to the French Formula 1 Grand Prix.
As Renault are a major partner of the French Grand Prix, the event will effectively mark the 40th anniversary of the company’s first race victory in F1 (Dijon, 1 July 1979) when Jean-Pierre Jabouille crossed the line first in the team’s RS10.