Renault Sport Racing has confirmed that the 2020 Clio Cup UK challenge will not go ahead. The championship that was scheduled back in May was pushed back to August due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. The season was set to resume 15-16 August at Donington Park but sadly, the championship has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 effects.
Renault Sport Racing Director, Benoît Nogier, commented: “Renault has enjoyed incredible success with its motorsport programmes in the UK for more than 40 years, particularly with the Clio Cup brand. This therefore is not a decision we have taken lightly at all. It is important to stress that our decision is based on feedback from the teams as much as anything else.”
“There is no escaping the fact that COVID-19 has had consequences for business models – that includes those of teams in the UK. As stakeholders, we have listened carefully to them and now, in July, clearly they would prefer more time to test the New Clio Cup car being introduced in 2020. Therefore, we have taken what we believe is a responsible decision to help protect their interest and have already put in place the following”.
“We are making sure the track time will be reserved at British GT events for teams to test the new Clio Cup car. This will be at no cost to those teams and drivers taking up this option. UK teams are also invited to race their new cars in Clio Cup France and Spain in 2020 to help them gain additional mileage“.
“Our ambition is very much to return with a full Clio Cup UK Championship in 2021. Our commitment remains as strong as ever to make New Clio Cup UK as accessible as possible for club racers and novices just as much as career-minded drivers; also to build a sense of mutual regard and community on our grid.”