Having seen drivers like AmD Essex’s Dave Newsham and Chrome Restart Racing’s Jack Goff come through its ranks over the years, the Courier Connections Renault UK Clio Cup continues its journey as one of the support categories of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
The finale this coming October sees the conclusion of the series’ first year with the new Renault Clio Renaultsport Cup Cars, and will also be the first weekend in charge for new Championship Manager Will Fewkes, who was announced on Monday.
A seasoned marketing and PR consultant in his own right, Fewkes’ relationship with the French brand started from when his father Roy was working as an MSA Technical Commisioner for Renault-run series for over a decade.
He has worked in the motorsport world over the years, and has worked with several high-profile drivers. This includes WTCC’s Rob Huff, BTCC’s Arón Smith and Adam Morgan, as well as Nicolas Hamilton, who competed in the Clio Cup back in 2012.
Fewkes said that he is aware of what the business is all about, when it comes to being involved with Renault UK’s motor sport scene: “It’s fair to say that I’m very much a product of the Renault UK motor sport scene through my father.”
He also said that it felt like “a natural next step for me,” considering his long-term association is a homecoming of sorts, as well as looking forward to the challenge ahead. “I’m looking forward immensely to continuing to work with both Renault and the BARC, and I am fully committed to ensuring we all move forward together. I can’t wait to get my teeth into the role!”
The BARC’s Business Development Manager, Ian Watson, has no qualms about Fewkes settling into his new role rather rapidly: “Will has been around motor sport since he was knee-high to a grasshopper, and we believe his knowledge of the Renault way of working, experience within the paddock and first-class credentials make him the ideal candidate to take on the management of the burgeoning Renault UK Clio Cup.”
Watson said that Fewkes has already started off on the right foot, as well as keeping in direct contact with the drivers and teams on what has quite literally been an exciting season thus far: “He will use Brands Hatch as a springboard towards what we all hope and expect to be an even more successful season for the series in 2015. We welcome him on-board.”
With the future clearly bright for a championship that showcases great young talent, being broadcasted on ITV Sport alongside the BTCC, Formula Ford and Ginettas, the Renault UK Clip Cup will surely be in good hands with the right man for the job.