Credit: Renault UK Clio Cup
Three drivers to represent UK in final
Max Coates (Scorton), Brett Lidsey (Northfleet) and Jack Young (Belfast) will represent the UK in the International Renault Clio Cup Final event at France’s Paul Ricard circuit (3-4 November).
The event brings together leading competitors from every Clio Cup championship to find who is the best – the winner of the grand final, a 25-minute plus one lap race around Paul Ricard’s full-length Grand Prix circuit, will be awarded a brand new 280hp Mégane Renault Sport.
Apart from the UK Clio Cup, other championships being represented include France, Italy, Spain, Germany, ‘Central Europe’ and China.
Coates won four races and very nearly the UK Clio Cup title in 2018 for the Team Pyro squad – leading the standings heading into the season’s final two rounds at Brands Hatch.
Lidsey and Young meanwhile both impressed for the MRM team. Lidsey achieved a best race result of fifth and set two fastest race laps. Young’s best result was also a fifth but, memorably, he became the youngest driver in history to qualify on pole position for a UK Clio Cup race while still aged just 16.
Coates commented: “I’m just very excited to be going to Paul Ricard – what an awesome event! This will be my second race overseas in 2018 which started in a Clio Cup car in the 24 Hours of Dubai endurance event.
“It’s going to be a challenge against other drivers from mainland Europe who will already know the circuit, but I’m going to give it my best shot and hopefully I can come away with a shiny new Mégane R.S!”
Lidsey said: “It’ll be nice to race on the continent again after getting some strong results in the Benelux and Central Europe Clio Cup championships in the last few years.
“There are going to be a lot of good drivers going to Paul Ricard but I want to use the event to show what we are capable of – we were strong in the UK this year but results didn’t always go our way. This is a chance to end 2018 on a high before we look to 2019.”
Young, recently turned 17, added: “It’s going to be a very hard event to win – we don’t know the track whereas the Italian, Spanish and French drivers certainly do!
“However the UK championship I believe is the hardest of all the Clio Cups out there so, after being on the pace in the four events I did do, I’d like to think that we have the pace to be right at the sharp end at Paul Ricard.”