Teams and drivers competing in 2020’s new Clio Cup UK championship will get to contest a special two-race event in front of Formula 1’s crowds at this June’s French Grand Prix.
Those making the journey to the famous Paul Ricard ‘Le Castellet’ circuit near Marseille (26-28 June) will take part in the international ‘Clio Cup Open’ alongside counterparts from Renault Sport Racing’s other Clio Cup championships.
Privileged partners of the French Grand Prix since its return to the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, Groupe Renault and Renault Sport Racing have renewed their support towards one of the year’s biggest sporting events in France.
Benoit Nogier, Commercial Racing Director, Renault Sport Racing Customer Racing, commented: “Following the indisputable success we had in 2019, when nearly 50 competitors competed on the track, it was logical for Renault to repeat the operation in 2020.
“This Clio Cup Open is a reminder of Renault’s motor racing versatility in bringing together the Clio Cup and Formula 1 at the same event.”
Éric Boullier, Managing Director, GIP Grand Prix de France-Le Castellet, added: “Groupe Renault has been an important partner of the Formula 1 French Grand Prix since its return in 2018. We share the same philosophy about competition, and we look forward to seeing all these drivers compete in intense battles.
“We are sure the spectators will love this fantastic show on the Circuit Paul Ricard track.”
Whilst a non-championship event, the Clio Cup Open gives teams, drivers and their sponsors an exciting opportunity to appear in front of the F1 crowds. On top of the two races, free practice and qualifying sessions will add up to plenty of track time around Paul Ricard’s impressive 5.8km configuration.
A similar ‘Open’ event was held at 2019’s French GP – both races were won by UK team MRM and its driver Jack Young. Fellow UK team Westbourne Motorsport and driver Ben Colburn also achieved a podium result.
MRM and Westbourne are among the seven teams to have so far announced their participation in 2020’s Clio Cup UK, along with Amigo Motorsport, Assetto Motorsport, Power Maxed Racing, Student Motorsport and Team Pyro.
Meanwhile, the latest £/€ exchange rate means the price of the latest fifth generation Clio Cup car – to be raced in Clio Cup UK in 2020 – has decreased further to just £31,560.00 (+vat).
A full season’s registration for drivers is also considerably less than in previous years at just £8,050.00 (+vat).
This covers all seven championship events including two overseas – at Magny-Cours, France and Barcelona, Spain. CLICK HERE for 2020’s Clio Cup UK race dates (not including the Paul Ricard/French F1 Grand Prix weekend).