The Renault Clio Cup is a one-make racing series created and managed by Renault Sport. As the name suggests, Renault Clio cars are used, and are grouped in 15 national championships and an International Cup.

Renault Clio Cup
Clio cup.jpg
CategoryOne-make racing by Renault
Country19 different countries
(Europe, Latin America, China)
Inaugural season1966
ConstructorsRenault
Official websiterenault-sport.com

ChampionshipsEdit

 
Copa Clio Brasil, W Racing 2006 car

There are currently 15 national championships: Belgium, Brazil, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

French CupEdit

The French Clio Cup has been held since 2004.

The French Cup started in 1966 and used in succession Renault 8 Gordini (1966–1970), Renault 12 Gordini (1971–1974), Renault 5 LS kitée (1975–1976), Renault 5 Alpine (1977–1981), Renault 5 Alpine Turbo (1982–1984), Renault 5 GT Turbo (1985–1990), Renault Clio 16S (1991–1996) and Renault Mégane Coupé 16V (1997–2000).[1] The French Cup wasn't held between 2001 and 2003.

Belgian CupEdit

This series started in 2001 as the Renault Sport Clio Cup Elf, but in 2005 the championship was cancelled due to the lack of participants.[2] It returned in 2008 as the Renault Clio Cup Belux 2008 with 6 meetings.[3]

The Renault Cup started in 1987 with the Renault 5 GT Turbo Cup organised jointly with the Netherlands.[4] The Benelux championship switch into Belgian Cup with Renault Clio 16S between 1991 and 1996. Then it was Renault Mégane Coupé 16V (1997–2000) and finally the actual Clio cup (2001–2004, and since 2008).

United Kingdom CupEdit

The series' first winner of the inaugural race for Renault 5 TLs held in Brands Hatch was Maggie Loynd in 1974. The series, now known as the Courier Connections Renault UK Clio Cup, are now held as a support race to the British Touring Car Championship. The series previously supported the British leg of the World Series by Renault event.

The series saw subsequently these cars:

  • Renault 5 TL (1974–1977)
  • Renault 5 TS (1977–1985)
  • Renault 5 GT Turbo (1985–1990)
  • Renault Clio 16V Mark I (1991–1995)
  • Renault Sport Spider (1996–1999)
  • Clio Renaultsport 172 (2000–2001)
  • Clio Renaultsport 182 (2002–2006)
  • Clio Renaultsport 197 (since 2007).[5]

The series' past champion winners includes Andy Priaulx, Jason Plato and Tom Onslow-Cole. Other than that, past drivers of the series that were notable outside of racing were Andrew Ridgeley of the pop group Wham! in 1985[6] and it introduced actor Rowan Atkinson to motorsport, which he raced seldom between 1984 and 1990. One of his races was documented for his one-off show, Driven Man.

The car has since re-emerged for a reunion race in 2004, which he aimed to compete in, but had to be substituted by Perry McCarthy, due to illness. Atkinson bought the car following the race and was auctioned off in a Bonhams auction in 2005.

This years championship winner will be presented with a freshly restored Renault 5 GT Turbo, a winner's prize put forward by title sponsor Courier Connections to mark their 20th anniversary in business and the 40th anniversary of the Clio Cup

Other championshipsEdit

 
2009 Renault Clio Cup in Motorland Aragón
  •   Copa Renault Clio España
  •   Renault Sport Clio International Cup
  •   Clio Cup China
  •   Renault Sport Clio Cup Belgium
  •   Renault DTC Light Cup Denmark (since 2004 as Renault Clio Cup Denmark, since 2010 as Renault DTC Light Cup)
  •   LO Renault New Clio Cup Suisse
  •   Clio Cup Sweden[7]
  •   Clio Cup Italia
  •   Dunlop Sportmaxx / ID&T Clio cup Netherlands
  •   Renault Sport Clio Cup Slovenia
  •   Michelin Clio Cup Series with Protyre (since 2013)[8]
  •   Clio Cup Italia

Other one-make racing with Renault carsEdit

Defunct championships:

The current carEdit

 
2009 cars parked in Motorland Aragón paddock

Since 2008, the championship uses Renault Clio 197 with an F4R RS 2.0 litre engine.

  • Engine: Renault F4R RS, 4 cylinder, 16 valve, 1998 cc.
  • Transmission: Sequentially controlled, dog-clutch box with 6 forward gears and controlled differential.
  • Suspension: Front: McPherson; Rear: Transverse trailing link, rigid bearings.
  • Brakes: Discs, Front: ventilated ø280; Rear: solid ø238
  • Wheels: Single piece 8 x 17 alloy
  • Tyres: Michelin S9A (dry) or P2B (rain) 19x57x15
  • Dimensions: Wheelbase: 2475 mm; Length/Width: 3772 mm/1675 mm
  • Capacities: 50 litres
  • Weight: 930 kg

Current regulationsEdit

The points scoring system changes according to national series. 'Bonus' points are generally awarded for fastest laps and pole positions in each round.

ChampionsEdit

Renault Clio Cup Champions
Year   Argentina[9]   Belgium Benelux Bohemia   Brazil[10][11]   Denmark[12] Central Europe   France[1]   Germany   Italy[13][14]   Mexico[15]   Netherlands   Portugal[16] Scandinavia[17]   Spain[18]   Slovenia   Sweden    Switzerland[19]   Turkey   United Kingdom[20]   United States   China
2018 Not held Not held Not held Not held Not held Not held  Sebastiaan Bleekemolen   Nicolas Milan Not held   Simone Di Luca Not held Not held Not held Not held   Nicolas Milan Not held Not held Not held Not held   Paul Rivett Not held   Chun Lei Yang
2017   Sven van Laere   Tomáš Pekař   Marc Guillot   Gustavo Sandrucci   Alex Royo   Joel Jern   Mike Bushell   David Lau
2016   Sebastiaan Bleekemolen   Dino Calcum   Éric Trémoulet   Cristian Ricciarini   Éric Trémoulet   Marcus Annervi   Ant Whorton-Eales   Kenneth Lim
2015   Niels Langeveld   Pascal Eberle   Marc Guillot   Simone Iacone   Rafael Villanueva Ruiz   Henric Skoog   Ashley Sutton   Senna Iriawan
2014   Sebastiaan Bleekemolen   Dino Calcum   Nicolas Milan   Oscar Nogués   Marc Guillot   Robert Helling   Mike Bushell   Naomi Schiff
2013 Not held   Dino Calcum Not held   Éric Trémoulet   Ronnie Marchetti   Marcel Dekker   Nicolas Milan   Andreas Wernersson   Josh Files   Tommy Chan
2012   Marc-Uwe von Niesewand   Kim Lund Johansen   Marc Guillot   Stefano Comini   Niels Langeveld   Marc Guillot   Andreas Wernersson   Jack Goff   Eric Lo
2011   Reto Wüst   Michael Christensen   Nicolas Milan   Oscar Nogués   Sebastiaan Bleekemolen   Jose Manuel De Los Milagros Not held   Paul Rivett   Steve Elmes
2010 Not held   Michael Christensen   Nicolas Milan   Giancarlo Lenzotti   Addi van de Ven   Jose Manuel De Los Milagros   Frédéric Yerly   Dave Newsham   David Louie
2009   Nicolás Ursprung   François Verbist[21]   José C. Vitte   Claus Christensen   Nicolas Milan[22]   Cristian Ricciarini   Sandra van der Sloot[23]   Gonzalo Martín de Andres[24]   Daniel Hadorn   Phil Glew [25]   Aaron Kwok
2008   Facundo Della Motta[26]   François Verbist[27]   José Cordova   Per Poulsen   Maxime Martin   Andreas Kast   Simone Di Luca   Francisco Orozco[28]   Pim van Riet[29]   Antonio de la Reina[30]   Daniel Hadorn   Ben Winrow Not held
2007   Agustín Canapino[31] Not held   José Cordova   Petter Granlund   Johan-Boris Scheier   Kristian Nägele   Massimiliano Pedalà   Tim Buijs[32]   Fernando Navarrete[33]   Daniel Hadorn   Martin Byford
  Niki Lanik †
2006   Jorge Loyarte   Claúdio Gontijo
  Wagner Ebrahim †3[34]
  Kasper Jensen   Johan-Boris Scheier   Wilko Becker   Massimiliano Pedalà   Mike Verschuur[35]   Luis Calleja[36]   Lukas Ryf   Tom Onslow-Cole
  Niki Lanik †
2005   Gabriel Satorra[37]   José Cordova   Henrik Larsen   Nicolas Pierre   Massimiliano Pedalà   José González   Allard Kalff[38]   Juan Miguel Larios   Fred Yerly   Jonathan Adam
  Matt Allison
2004   Humberto Krujoski[39]   Pierre-Yves Corthals   Renê Bauer   Jesper Davidsen   Ludovic Simon   Giuseppe Cirò   Ricardo Pérez de Lara   Sebastiaan Bleekemolen[40]   Hugo Godinho   Álvaro Rodríguez   Daniel Hadorn   Selim Özgörkey[41]   Paul Rivett
  Jonathan Adam
2003   Pablo Varela[42]   Michel Heydens   Elias Nascimento Jr. Not held Not held   Pierre-Yves Corthals
  Dirk Werner †2
  Giuseppe Cirò   Eugenio Martín del Campo   Robert van den Berg[43]   João Pina Cardoso   Oscar Nogués   Daniel Hadorn   Ahmet Atay[44]   Jonathan Fildes
  Paul Rivett †
2002   Nicolás Kern[45]   Stéphane Lémeret[46]   Luiz Carreira Jr.   Sebastian Grunert
  Michael Bellmann †2
Not held   Sebastiaan Bleekemolen[47]
  Patrick de Jong †6
  Patrick Cunha   Iván Portoles   Mathias Schläppi   Hakan Güven[48]   Paul Rivett
  Tom Ferrier
2001   Juan Pablo Satorra Not held   Stefan Neuberger †2   Jeroen Bleekemolen   Luís Veloso   Luis Miguel Reyes   Daniel Hadorn   Daniel Buxton
2000   Rubén Valsagna[49]   Pierre-Yves Corthals   Gilles Vannelet   Patrick Cunha   Alfredo Mostajo   Mathias Schläppi   Jim Edwards Jr
1999   Stéphane Lémeret[46]   Frédéric Gabillon   Francisco Carvalho   Alberto Hevia   Lorent Luyet   Andy Priaulx
1998   Jean-Claude Kamber   José João Magalhães   Javier Mora   Edy Kamm   Dan Eaves[50]
1997   Pierre-Yves Corthals   Guillaume Greuet   Luís Veloso   Victor Sáez   Daniel Hadorn   Bryce Wilson
1996   Pierre-Yves Corthals   Eric Archambaud   Hubert Jahn
  Frans Verschuur   Vasco Campos   Leonardo Sabán   Alberto Zenic   Jo Lima   Jason Plato
1995   Pierre-Yves Corthals   Jean-François Poughon   Frans Verschuur   Vasco Campos   Nicolás Arribas   Balz Kamm   Lee Brookes
1994   Christophe Sarhy   Vasco Campos   Thomas Nielsen   Iván Rodríguez   Edy Kobelt   John Bintcliffe
1993   Frédéric Fezard   Maurizio Campani   Phil Bastiaans   José João Magalhães   Jan Nilsson   Ignacio Hervás   Daniel Hadorn   Alastair Lyall
1992   Jean-Marc Morizet   Luca Drudi   Frans Verschuur   Vítor Lopes   Kenny Bräck   Pablo Irizar   Stefan Bertschart   Matt Johnson
1991   Patrick Bourdais   Salvatore Pirro   Frans Verschuur   Albuquerque de Carvalho Not held   Enrique de la Puente   Marcel Klay   Steve Waudby
1990   Henri Lebeau   Mauro Gagliardini   Eduardo de Aysa   Philipp Steinauer   Jim Edwards Jr
1989   Jean-Louis Carponcin   Salvatore Pirro   Frans Verschuur   Enrique Codony   Hanspeter Bigler
1988   Bernard Castagné   Massimo Di Risio   Frans Verschuur   Tomás Saldaña   Charlie Grütter   Mike Davies †5[51]
1987   Michel Bourgault   Roberto Russo   Manuel Vidal   Urs Eberle   Barrie Williams   Mike Davies †5[51]
1986 Not held   Michel Duverney   "Pibo"   Antonio Castro   Michel Walpen   Scott Lagasse †5[52]
1985   Marc Ranucci   Marco Brand   Javier Moreno   Hermman Roth   Mark Fish   Parker Johnstone †4[53]
  David Murry †5[54]
1984   Jean-Claude Dutrey   Marco Brand   Jesús Diez Villarroel   Herbert Furrer
1983   Jean-Michel Bernes   Ferruccio Zambaiti   Carlos Sainz   Armin Conrad
1982   Manuel Carvalho   Annino Conti   Rafael Ochoa   Rene Traversa
1981   Francis Canal   Massimo Ercolani   Luis Villamil   Stephan Lüscher Not held
1980   Denis Derepas   Luigi Giannini   Luis Pérez-Sala   Silvio Berger
1979   Eric Houdelekt   Titto Salvatori   César Hernández   Rolf Führer   Jim Edwards Sr
1978   Jean-Pierre Lajournade   Massimo Sigala   Fermín Sánchez   Hans Peter Uellinger   Neil McGrath[55]
1977   André Bourdon   Mauro Baldi   Arturo de Onís Not held
1976   Yves Fremont   Massimo Nardelli   José Sasiambarrena   Neil McGrath[55]
1975   Jean-Luc Rancon   "Baronio"   Ricardo García Galiano   Neil McGrath[55]
1974   Gérard Delplanque   Kuru Villacieros   Neil McGrath[55]
1973   Jean-Pierre Gabreau   Juan Escavias Not held
1972   René Metge   Kuru Villacieros
1971   Marc Sourd   Juan García Rasilla
1970   Bernard Mangé   Gerardo van Dulken
1969   Bernard Lagier   Salvador Cañellas
1968   Roland Trollé Not held
1967   François Lacarrau
1966   Jimmy Mieusset
Renault 8 Gordini Renault 8 TS Renault 12 Gordini Renault 5 LS kitée or TL Renault 5 TS Renault 5 Alpine Renault 5 Alpine Turbo Renault LeCar
Renault Encore Renault 5 GT Turbo Renault Clio 16S Renault Sport Spider Renault Mégane Coupé 16V Renault Clio 172 Renault Clio 182 Renault Clio 197 Renault Clio 200

  • † = Winter Series Champion
  • †2 = Renault Clio V6 Champion
  • †3 = Renault Super Clio Cup
  • †4 = IMSA Renault Cup
  • †5 = SCCA Sports Renault
  • †5 = Junior championship winner
  • White square indicate years without championships

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Renault French Cup Palmarès Archived 2007-10-16 at the Wayback Machine renault-sport.com
  2. ^ Le rideau tombe... renault-sport.be (January 15, 2005)
  3. ^ Feu Vert pour la Renault Sport Clio Cup 2008 renault-sport.be (May 21, 2007)
  4. ^ Pour perpétuer la tradition sportive renault-sport.be (June 13, 2005)
  5. ^ Clio Cup curtain-raiser thrills Brands Hatch crowds automotoportal.com (April 3, 2007)
  6. ^ The Drivers : Andrew Ridgeley historicracing.com
  7. ^ "Kategoriarkiv: Renault Clio Cup". Clio Cup Sweden (in Swedish). Renault Motorsport Sverige. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  8. ^ "New entry-level Clio Cup Series launched by Renault & BARC". Renault Sport UK. Renault Sport. 17 December 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  9. ^ Positiones Megane formulas-argentinas.com.ar
  10. ^ Classificação da Copa Clio superspeedway.com.br
  11. ^ Formulas Renault resultados cronomap.com.br
  12. ^ Clio Cup Renault: Stillinger dtc-net.dk
  13. ^ Classifica Clio Cup Italia nuvolari3000.com
  14. ^ Auto-Annuario 1993-94, Fernando Morandi & Fabio Ravaioli
  15. ^ Anos anteriores Archived 2008-03-10 at the Wayback Machine sporcar.com
  16. ^ Pistas - Guia de Competição 2003, António Botto
  17. ^ [1] samsteffansson.se
  18. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-02-25. Retrieved 2009-02-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ LO Renault New Clio Cup Hall of Fame worldseriesbyrenault.ch
  20. ^ ELF Renault Clio Cup, Archives cliocup.com
  21. ^ Verbist et Duval se distinguent à Spa vroom.be (October 4, 2009)
  22. ^ Renault Clio Cup France 2009 driverdb.com
  23. ^ Dunlop Sportmaxx Clio Cup 2009 driverdb.com
  24. ^ Clasificacion, lista de inscritos sport.renault.es
  25. ^ ELF Renault Clio Cup 2009 Review thecheckeredflag.co.uk
  26. ^ Della Motta Campeon de la Copa Megan formulas-argentinas.com.ar
  27. ^ Classement 2008: ClioCup Belgique renault-sport.be
  28. ^ Renault Clio Cup Mexico 2008 driverdb.com
  29. ^ Dunlop Sportmaxx Clio Cup 2008 driverdb.com
  30. ^ Clio Cup de circuitos 2008 sport.renault.es
  31. ^ Gano Canapino y es campeon autonoticias.com.ar (December 2, 2007)
  32. ^ Dunlop Sportmaxx Clio Cup 2007 driverdb.com
  33. ^ 2007 Copa Renault Clio - Jerez rfeda.es (October 27, 2007)
  34. ^ 2006 Super Clio Brasil superspeedway.com.br
  35. ^ Renault Clio Cup Netherlands 2006 driverdb.com
  36. ^ 2006 Clio Cup final - Jerez noticias.info
  37. ^ SATORRA, El campeon de la copa Megane 2005 formulas-argentinas.com.ar
  38. ^ Renault Clio Cup Netherlands 2005 driverdb.com
  39. ^ Gano Alcaine en Mar de Plata autonoticias.com.ar (December 5, 2004)
  40. ^ Renault Clio Cup Netherlands 2004 driverdb.com
  41. ^ Renault Clio Cup’ta zafer Çıpa’nın motorspor.com (June 14, 2004)
  42. ^ "Tengo opciones de correr en TC 2000" Lo dice Pablo Varela, el reciente campeón de la Copa Mégane. El Litoral - 09-01-2004
  43. ^ Renault Clio Cup Netherlands 2003 driverdb.com
  44. ^ 2003 Clio Cup Puan Durumu performansteam.com
  45. ^ Nicolás Kern Campeón de la copa Megane. Edición Uno - 16-12-2002
  46. ^ a b Driver Biography: Stéphane Lemeret fiagt.com
  47. ^ Renault Clio Cup Netherlands 2002 driverdb.com
  48. ^ 2002 Clio Cup Puan Durumu performansteam.com
  49. ^ Valsagna es el campeón de la Copa. El Litoral - 20-11-2000
  50. ^ BTCC Driver Profiles - Dan Eaves Archived 2006-02-20 at the Wayback Machine btccinfo.co.uk
  51. ^ a b Mike Davies dp7racing.com
  52. ^ The Bridgestone Era: 1990 mummbrothers.com
  53. ^ Parker Johnstone Teams With Dorricott Racing theautochannel.com (April 19, 1998)
  54. ^ David Murry - A Driver for All Classes davidmurry.com
  55. ^ a b c d BRDC Archive Biography: Neil McGrath brdc.co.uk

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