Renault UK Clio Cup championship manager Will Fewkes has told The Checkered Flag that he feels the tin-top series is set to be bigger and better next season after a successful first campaign with the fourth-generation Clio racer.
Mike Bushell went down in the history books as the first UK Clio Cup champion using the fourth-gen model after a thrilling final weekend at Brands Hatch, and Fewkes believes it’s been a positive first season in the new era for the championship.
“2014 has been a successful year for the championship with the introduction of the fourth-generation Renault Clio Cup car, and the championship has proved that it remains a key feeder series to the BTCC,” said Fewkes
“I’d like to congratulate Mike Bushell on his championship victory. He’s driven brilliantly throughout the year and I’m delighted that he’s been able to add his name to the list of prestigious championship winners.”
While grid numbers for the championship slipped to a low of eleven at Thruxton early this season, a sprinkling of new entries towards the end of the year saw the grid stretch a high of sixteen.
That is set to grow further next year, with current teams JamSport and WDE Motorsport planning to expand next year, while BTCC outfits Team BMR and AMD Tuning have announced their intentions to join the series.
Those moves have filled the series organisers with confidence that the championship will have a positive 2015.
“The championship is looking very strong for next season,” Fewkes added. “There’s a lot of positivity in the paddock at the moment with regards to the championship, and we’re really hoping that the championship moves forward significantly next year.”