Renault UK has taken the decision to postpone the inaugural running of the Renault UK Clio Cup Junior championship for the upcoming campaign.
A month before the planned season opener at Thruxton on 3/4 June, the latest Junior championship aimed for drivers between 14 and 17 years of age has been cancelled.
Launched back in August, the BARC-run series was set to use the current fourth-generation Clio race cars, restricted to a maximum speed of 100mph and running on Michelin road tyres.
The announced entries for the 2017 season had included reigning Fiesta Junior champion Harry Gooding, Bradley Burns, Gus Burton and Max Marzorati.
The championship had attracted many of the big name teams from the BTCC-supporting Clio Cup, with Pyro, 20Ten, WDE, Westbourne, Ciceley and JamSport intending to compete.
The inaugural campaign was set to take place over six double-header meetings, with hour-long highlights of each set to be broadcast on the Motorsport.tv channel.
An official statement from the series organisers says:
“Renault UK confirms it is postponing the Renault UK Clio Cup Junior championship.
“The new championship for 14 to 17-year-old drivers had been due to start at Thruxton (3-4 June).
“However Renault UK has taken the decision to postpone the championship but is leaving open the option to run Renault UK Clio Cup Junior in 2018.”
The championship was joining a congested market place, battling for teenage racers with the Ginetta Junior Championship, Junior Saloon Car Championship and Ford Fiesta Junior series.