Student Motorsport team to make debut in new Clio Cup UK championship

Posted on: 05/12/2019

Student Motorsport

An ambitious venture, Student Motorsport, has chosen the new Clio Cup UK championship to make its debut as a motor racing team in 2020.

The team’s core will comprise experienced motor sport paddock figures under the leadership of ‘JP’ Latham, a professional race car technician and lecturer and also Founder of Student Motorsport.

Its aim is to support development of guest team members – namely motor sport students and recent graduates who will be offered the opportunity to gain vital experience in positions such as: mechanics; data engineers; tyre technicians; driver coaches; team operations and logistics; sponsorship, marketing and hospitality.

This week, Student Motorsport has placed an order for two latest fifth generation Clio Cup race cars that will be used in Clio Cup UK’s inaugural season next year.

“The organisers, Renault Sport Racing and R.S. Promotions, are making the championship really accessible – it’s a perfect starting point for us entering into our inaugural season in racing,” commented JP.

“We are building a strong on-line community of motor sport, automotive and engineering members with the aim of encouraging better networking, information and opportunities to gain relevant industry experience.

“During our racing activities – which will also takes us to two overseas events – the guest team members will be exposed to the real-life pressures of operating under racing conditions to learn and develop the skills needed for a career in the motor sport industry.

“Clio Cup UK is a perfect platform for achieving that and compliments motor sport education – the organisers of the championship are being really supportive of our project.”

Clio Cup UK has announced a seven event calendar for 2020 (CLICK HERE).

It will race five times alongside the British GT Championship and then at two more events overseas – Magny-Cours in France and Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.

A full season’s registration is just £8,050.00 + vat. This covers all seven events and all entry fees etc (including the two events abroad).

The championship will use the latest fifth generation Clio Cup race car priced £32,750.00 + vat (based on current £/€ exchange rates). The car is powered by a 1.3 turbocharged engine producing 180bhp. Torque is put at 300Nm. Transmission is via a five-speed Sadev sequential (push-pull) gearbox.

JP, also formerly Team Manager at The College of West Anglia Motorsport, continued: “We already have one driver signed and will announce them soon – it would be great if our second driver could be someone young who is perhaps looking to graduate from karts to cars. We are very much open to dialogue with interested drivers and potential sponsors of our exciting venture.”

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