Ben Wallace has become the first driver to confirm his participation in Renault Sport Racing’s new Clio Cup UK championship.
Ben, aged 20 from Southport, Lancashire will race for new team Student Motorsport.
He has several seasons’ car racing experience, in the VW Racing Cup and British GT Championship.
Ben commented: “The new Clio Cup is a really exciting looking championship for UK motor sport and I was immediately interested when it was first announced, especially being on the SRO British GT package.
“I’ve worked with John Paul Latham (Student Motorsport Team Manager) before and he was also very keen to do it so the deal came about pretty quickly!
“The costs are right, the format is right and the car is so well thought through – it’s going to appeal to drivers of all ages and abilities.
“The track record of the people running the championship also makes me confident that nobody will have a performance advantage – it will be 100% down to the teams and drivers and that’s a challenge I relish.”
Clio Cup UK will use the all-new ‘fifth generation’ Clio Cup race car. Student Motorsport has already ordered two of the cars and that number could rise further.
John Paul Latham added: “We’re thrilled to have Ben on board – aside from the focus on winning races, we can utilise his experience to help our other drivers and, with our team personnel, inspire the next generation of motor sport professionals.
“When we considered taking Student Motorsport racing, Clio Cup UK stood out as the place to start: the championship is so well supported, professionally run and exposed to a wide-ranging audience which is key to supporting our partners.”
Clio Cup UK gets under way in mid-May with the first of its seven race weekends in 2020 – these will include five with the British GT Championship and two more overseas (Magny-Cours, France and Barcelona, Spain).
CLICK HERE for the 2020 race dates.