Daniel Rowbottom has announced he will return for a full season of the Renault UK Clio Cup in 2017 with his own team.
Rowbottom, a former top international karter, showed considerable potential in his debut UK Clio Cup season in 2016 – the highlight being pole position for his race debut in the championship on the demanding Brands Hatch Indy circuit. He also achieved seven top-ten results – the best a fifth – in the ten races he contested.
Now though he is confident he will return an even stronger driver and says he’s determined to put together a title challenge. “I’m not about making up the numbers – I’m there to go for the championship,” commented 27-year-old Rowbottom. “I’m coming back to it a lot wiser and with a very committed and proactive sponsor in Cataclean who see the benefits of being part of the UK Clio Cup grid – particularly given the exposure the championship receives alongside the British Touring Car Championship.”
Rowbottom added: “The budgets involved in the UK Clio Cup mean it is still possible for a smaller team like ours to put together a really effective campaign – I’m a bit of a renegade and like the challenge of getting ourselves into a position to taking on the big boys.”
Will Fewkes, Renault Sport’s UK Motorsport Championship Manager, said: “It’s great to see Daniel back with us in 2017.” The 2017 Renault UK Clio Cup get under way at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit in Kent with the opening two rounds of its season on Sat 1/Sun 2 April.
All 18 races on the calendar will take place at the BTCC’s high profile events, meaning huge trackside crowds (38,000+ on average in 2016) and live free-to-air television coverage on ITV4 for its teams, drivers and sponsors.