Rapid saloon car racer Myles Collins has announced he will contest in 2017’s Renault UK Clio Cup, with the returning Westbourne Motorsport team.
Collins was previously a front-running name in Westbourne-run cars in both the Citroen Saxo and Ginetta Junior categories. He then moved to the Northern Saloon and Sportscars grid, often winning his class in front-wheel-drive machinery, but has not raced for the past 18 months.
The 22-year-old commented: “I always wanted to be on the UK Clio Cup grid, so have spent my time away getting everything ready to achieve that. Re-joining Westbourne, which has a very strong track record in the championship, is the logical choice. The longer-term ambition is touring cars and the UK Clio Cup is obviously the place to be for a driver to prepare for that.”
Indeed, all 18 races on the UK Clio Cup calendar take place at the British Touring Car Championship’s high profile events. The category has an unrivalled reputation for producing future top-class BTCC talent. By racing alongside the BTCC, it is also assured huge trackside crowds (average 38,000+ in 2016) as well as live free-to-air TV coverage on the ITV4 channel.
The 2017 season starts at the Brands Hatch circuit in Kent (Sat 1/Sun 2 April) and will also include rounds at Collins’s home circuit of Croft, North Yorkshire in mid-June.