Exciting prospect for Clio Cup 2016

Exciting Prospect for Clio Cup 2016

Sam Watkins has been announced as the first of the 20Ten Racing team driver signings for the 2016 Renault UK Clio Cup.

Exciting prospect

The 17-year-old joined the UK Clio Cup grid for the final two events of 2015, and 20Ten Team Principal Simon Hunt says the youngster is an exciting prospect. “Silverstone and Brands Hatch were all about Sam getting a taste for what the UK Clio Cup is about and he adapted well. As his experience of both the car and the touring car-type racing in the UK Clio Cup builds I can see him emerging as a real front-runner as the 2016 season progresses. Certainly I’m very happy to have been able to hang on to him as we look to build on our positive results.”

Watkins said: “This is all about racing on the big stage alongside the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) so now I know what to expect this year. The biggest thing is being confident in a racing situation – the UK Clio Cup is where drivers come to show what they are made of before the step up to international touring car, sportscar or GT competition so inevitably things get very competitive. But having now tested the water I feel ready for what lies ahead and am really looking forward to getting back on track with some pre-season testing.”

TV coverage

All of the Renault UK Clio Cup’s races will again take place at the BTCC’s high-profile events in 2016 meaning huge trackside crowds plus live free-to-air television coverage on the ITV4 channel for its teams, drivers and sponsors.

Race dates

Sat 2/Sun 3 April

Rounds 1 & 2

Brands Hatch Indy, Kent

Sat 16/Sun 17 April

Rounds 3 & 4

Donington Park, Leics

Sat 7/Sun 8 May

Rounds 5 & 6

Thruxton, Hants

Sat 4/Sun 5 June

Rounds 7 & 8

Oulton Park Island, Cheshire

Sat 18/Sun 19 June

Rounds 9 & 10

Croft, North Yorkshire

Sat 30/Sun 31 July

Rounds 11 & 12

Snetterton, Norfolk

Sat 27/Sun 28 August

Rounds 13 & 14

Rockingham, Northants

Sat 17/Sun 18 September

Rounds 15 & 16

Silverstone National, Northants

Sat 1/Sun 2 October

Rounds 17 & 18

Brands Hatch Grand Prix, Kent