The Renault UK Clio Cup has published a quality 23-car entry so far for its eagerly-anticipated 2016 race season, which gets under way in just a few days’ time at the Brands Hatch circuit in Kent on the weekend of Sat 2/Sun 3 April.
Notably, 2016 will mark 25 years since the UK Clio Cup’s first race season was held in 1991. Furthermore the UK Clio Cup enters its 2016 season having also confirmed it will remain a permanent part of the Dunlop British Touring Car Championship’s high-profile events through to the end of 2019 at least – meaning huge trackside crowds and live coverage on ITV4 for its teams, drivers and sponsors.
The 2016 entry list is fitting of such an anniversary with plenty of top names – among them former champions Paul Rivett and Mike Bushell, plus fellow proven race-winners Ant Whorton-Eales and Lee Pattison. Eleven more drivers return following full or part-campaigns in 2015 with the remaining eight all new to the championship. Some of those are already being tipped for future stardom.
Of ten different teams represented, four have strong links with the BTCC: reigning title-holder Pyro continues its partnership with leading BTCC squad BMR via its young protégé Senna Proctor; Bushell, also part of the Pyro line-up, returns to the grid after a season in the BTCC; another of the BTCC’s top outfits, Ciceley, is entering the UK Clio Cup for the first time with a three-car line-up; Cooksport is run by emerging BTCC star Josh Cook; JamSport has entered into a partnership with BTCC entrant Team HARD.
The UK Clio Cup enters 2016 hot off the heels of an enthralling 2015 season which resulted in a four-way fight for the title – eventually won at the final round by Ashley Sutton who now finds himself on the BTCC grid.
Jeremy Townsend, Renault UK’s Communications Director, commented: “We are absolutely delighted with the direction the UK Clio Cup is going in – we cannot think of another time when the levels of competition and professionalism in the championship have risen quite so dramatically. With such a high calibre of teams and drivers on the grid, the championship is on the cusp of a real purple patch in its history. Renault UK is looking forward very much to what promises to be another highly exciting season of action.”
Entry List: 2016 Renault UK Clio Cup
|1||Mike Bushell (GBR)||Tunbridge Wells, Kent||Team Pyro|
|3||Ollie Pidgley (GBR)||Salisbury, Wilts||Ciceley Motorsport|
|7||Sam Watkins (GBR)||Swansea, Glamorgan||20Ten Racing|
|8||Luke Kidsley (GBR)||Duston, Northants||JamSport Racing|
|10||Ant Whorton-Eales (GBR)||Lichfield, Staffs||JamSport with AWE Motorsport|
|11||Anton Spires (GBR)||Buckingham||PP Motorsport|
|13||Rory Collingbourne (GBR)||Newport, Gwent||Team Cooksport|
|20||Paul Plant (GBR)||Copthorne, West Sussex||Vanquish Motorsport with WDE|
|22||Paul Rivett (GBR)||Epsom Downs, Surrey||WDE Motorsport|
|23||Charles Ladell (GBR)||Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk||WDE Motorsport|
|24||George Jackson (GBR)||Bedford||Team Cooksport|
|26||Paul Streather (GBR)||Hinckley, Leics||Finesse Motorsport/Paul Streather|
|28||Josh Price (GBR)||Redbourn, Herts||Team Pyro|
|32||Daniel Rowbottom (GBR)||Kidderminster, Worcs||Team EcoMotive with DRM|
|44||David Dickenson (IRL)||Wicklow, Co Wicklow||Team Pyro|
|45||Dan Zelos (GBR)||Dereham, Norfolk||Ciceley Motorsport|
|46||Lee Pattison (GBR)||Scholes, West Yorkshire||Team Cooksport|
|50||Graham Field (GBR)||Southwell, Notts||JamSport Racing|
|55||Tom Butler (GBR)||Derby||20Ten Racing|
|63||Rory Green (GBR)||Hildenborough, Kent||WDE Motorsport|
|66||Senna Proctor (GBR)||Driffield, East Riding of Yorks||Team BMR with Pyro|
|71||Max Coates (GBR)||Scorton, North Yorkshire||Ciceley Motorsport|
|99||Darren Johnson (GBR)||Kidderminster, Worcs||Team Pyro|
Calendar: 2016 Renault UK Clio Cup
|1 & 2||Sat 2/Sun 3 April||Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent|
|3 & 4||Sat 16/Sun 17 April||Donington Park (National), Leics|
|5 & 6||Sat 7/Sun 8 May||Thruxton, Hants|
|7 & 8||Sat 4/Sun 5 June||Oulton Park (Island), Cheshire|
|9 & 10||Sat 18/Sun 19 June||Croft, North Yorks|
|11 & 12||Sat 30/Sun 31 July||Snetterton, Norfolk|
|13 & 14||Sat 27/Sun 28 August||Rockingham, Northants|
|15 & 16||Sat 17/Sun 18 Sept||Silverstone (National), Northants|
|17 & 18||Sat 1/Sun 2 October||Brands Hatch (Grand Prix), Kent|