Renault UK is to launch an exciting new ‘Junior’ racing championship in Great Britain for drivers aged 14 to 17 using its current UK Clio Cup race car.
The Renault UK Clio Cup Junior championship will commence in 2017 having obtained outline approval by UK motor sport’s governing body the Motor Sports Association’s Championship Control Panel.
It will run to 12 rounds at six two-day events (fixtures to be confirmed) which will each include a ‘warm-up’ session, timed qualifying and two races.
Teams and drivers will each use identical racing versions of the Clio Renault Sport 220 Trophy – as used in the high-profile Renault UK Clio Cup that races alongside the Dunlop British Touring Car Championship.
However to comply with Junior racing regulations the cars will be limited to a maximum speed of 100mph. Cars will also use the same steering-wheel mounted ‘paddle’ gearshift (pictured left) as in the UK Clio Cup but a simple modification to the ECU will reduce them to five-speed (blocking the sixth gear).
In addition the Juniors will run on high-performance road tyres – Michelin’s Pilot Sport 3 (above left) – which will be limited in number to four per car per event.
Technical Specification: Renault UK Clio Cup Junior
Type: Clio Renaultsport steel bodyshell reinforced by a welded roll cage
Type: Renault M5Mt, 4 cylinder, 16 valve, 1618cc, turbo charged with direct injection
Max power: Limited to MSA Junior regulations
Electronics: Cosworth SQ7 Di – XAP electric control
Gearbox: Sadev ST82-17 six-speed sequential + reverse gear modified to five-speed (blocked sixth gear)
Controls: XAP electric control, semi-automatic steering-wheel mounted
Differential: Sadev 23/90 self-locking limited-slip
Clutch: SACHS Racing clutch discs and mechanism – Sadev stop
AXLES & SUSPENSIONS
Front: Pseudo-McPherson one-way adjustable ZF Race Engineering shock absorber
Rear: One-way adjustable ZF Race Engineering shock absorber with programmed flexible axle/torsion beam
System: AP Racing, two separate master cylinders
Discs: PFC 330×28 mm ventilated Renault 260 mm
Calipers: PFC four-piston (front)
Rims: Speedline 8×17 aluminium one-piece
Tyres: Michelin Pilot Sport 3 (high performance road tyres)
DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT & CAPACITY
Wheel base: 2576 mm
Front / rear track: 1550mm / 1520 mm
Fuel tank: 46 litres
Unloaded weight: 1090 kg
2017 Circuits & Dates
Renault UK Clio Cup Junior’s inaugural season in 2017 will run to 12 points-scoring rounds across six events (two rounds per event).
It is anticipated these will take place at five of Britain’s premier motor racing venues in five counties spread across three different regions – a notional calendar is listed on these pages.
Races will most likely be held at the British Truck Racing Championship’s events – among the most popular fixtures on Britain’s club racing scene but, importantly for our Juniors, without the pressure of larger high- profile occasions.
BRANDS HATCH INDY, KENT
The legendary venue’s short ‘hurly-burly’ Indy circuit has a reputation for promoting tight racing around its short and undulating lap.
Access via M25 (J4), M20 & M26 (nr Dartford Crossing)
The calendar’s geography and profile of events strikes just the right balance for sponsors to put in place localised marketing campaigns… It also gives Junior drivers a taster of the circuits they will likely race on as their careers progress – possibly in the senior UK Clio Cup or even at British Touring Car or GT level.
Furthermore it is a calendar that will really test the abilities of the Junior grid for all five circuits vary considerably in their characteristics.
Race dates for the inaugural Renault UK Clio Cup Junior championship are expected to be released in November 2016.
The fastest track in British motor sport requires bravery, yes, but also excellent car control and a tactical brain.
The revamped Norfolk circuit presents the challenge of a tight, technical infield in addition to other high speed sections.
BRANDS HATCH INDY, KENT
After starting their season on the Brands Indy circuit, the UK Clio Cup Junior drivers return for their final title-deciding rounds.
DONINGTON PARK (NATIONAL), LEICS
On the Derbyshire-Leicestershire border, Donington offers a classic blend of high-speed corners through a rolling picturesque parkland setting.
SILVERSTONE (NATIONAL), NORTHANTS
The home of the British Formula 1 Grand Prix, Silverstone’s short National lap again calls on a driver to think – this time by using slipstreaming tactics.