Sam Watkins has been announced as the first of the 20Ten Racing team driver signings for the 2016 Renault UK Clio Cup.
The 17-year-old joined the UK Clio Cup grid for the final two events of 2015, and 20Ten Team Principal Simon Hunt says the youngster is an exciting prospect. “Silverstone and Brands Hatch were all about Sam getting a taste for what the UK Clio Cup is about and he adapted well. As his experience of both the car and the touring car-type racing in the UK Clio Cup builds I can see him emerging as a real front-runner as the 2016 season progresses. Certainly I’m very happy to have been able to hang on to him as we look to build on our positive results.”
Watkins said: “This is all about racing on the big stage alongside the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) so now I know what to expect this year. The biggest thing is being confident in a racing situation – the UK Clio Cup is where drivers come to show what they are made of before the step up to international touring car, sportscar or GT competition so inevitably things get very competitive. But having now tested the water I feel ready for what lies ahead and am really looking forward to getting back on track with some pre-season testing.”
All of the Renault UK Clio Cup’s races will again take place at the BTCC’s high-profile events in 2016 meaning huge trackside crowds plus live free-to-air television coverage on the ITV4 channel for its teams, drivers and sponsors.
|Sat 2/Sun 3 April||Rounds 1 & 2||Brands Hatch Indy, Kent|
|Sat 16/Sun 17 April||Rounds 3 & 4||Donington Park, Leics|
|Sat 7/Sun 8 May||Rounds 5 & 6||Thruxton, Hants|
|Sat 4/Sun 5 June||Rounds 7 & 8||Oulton Park Island, Cheshire|
|Sat 18/Sun 19 June||Rounds 9 & 10||Croft, North Yorkshire|
|Sat 30/Sun 31 July||Rounds 11 & 12||Snetterton, Norfolk|
|Sat 27/Sun 28 August||Rounds 13 & 14||Rockingham, Northants|
|Sat 17/Sun 18 September||Rounds 15 & 16||Silverstone National, Northants|
|Sat 1/Sun 2 October||Rounds 17 & 18||Brands Hatch Grand Prix, Kent|