Front-running Michelin Clio Cup Series outfit Westbourne Motorsport has announced plans to work alongside the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) on the promotion of the tin-top series.
Mainstays of the championship since its introduction back in 2013, the Sussex-based outfit are looking to take a lead role in showcasing the championship, with the aim of revitalising the grids in the championship.
A change over the winter saw the BARC take the promoting of the series in-house for 2016, following the withdrawal of Grovewood Sport, with grids falling to ten cars so far this season compared to an average of sixteen through 2015.
Westbourne are a household name in Renault championships, having first competed in the BTCC-supporting UK Clio Cup back in 2009 – a series which they plan to return to with a multi-car entry next year. They currently run four cars in the Clio Series, leading the standings with James Dorlin.
“We have agreed to partner BARC to promote the series going forward and offer potential drivers better information and advice on competing in both Clio road and race categories,” said Westbourne team principal Richard Colburn.
“We plan to re-introduce a dedicated web site and offer some really attractive propositions for new competitors. We want to build a friendly, professional championship that offers drivers the ability to either maintain their own cars or run with a team and be competitive either way.
“Importantly we want to offer an environment where career minded drivers can attract sponsors that they can take forward into higher levels of motorsport. “
After visits to Oulton Park and Pembrey so far this season, the Michelin Clio Cup Series returns to action next weekend at Rockingham (28/29 May).