The return of customer racing activities continued across Europe this past weekend with the Clio Cup Europe and Clio Trophy Spain, and many trophies collected by Clio Rally4 and Clio Rally5!
Clio Cup Europe
After the summer break, the Clio Cup Europe was back on track at the Red Bull Ring for the tenth meeting on the calendar.
2019 Clio Cup Italia winner Felice Jelmini made a triumphant return in the category with the pole and the win in Race 1. Penalised due to a collision, Anthony Jurado bounced back the following day to score his fourth success of the season in the Clio Cup Europe. Both race winners were joined on the podium by David Pouget and Marc Guillot.
With two second places, David Pouget extended his lead in the general classification and put some daylight between himself and Nicolas Milan and Marc Guillot. Meanwhile, Poland’s Jerzy Spinkiewicz and France’s Lionel Viguier became the first two drivers to be crowned in the 2021 Clio Cup season, clinching the Group C Challengers Cup and Gentlemen Drivers Cup titles!
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Next round: Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia (17-19 September)
Clio Trophy Spain
The Clio Trophy Spain also returned to the special stages on the Rally Princesa de Asturias - Ciudad de Oviedo.
Trophy leader Germán Leal claimed the lead on the opening stage before Jorge Cagiao took over. Despite the attacks from his rival and Diogo Gago, Jorge Cagiao widened the gap to seal his second win of the season with a 55.9s margin of victory over Portuguese driver Diogo Gago whilst Germán Leal retired on the penultimate timed sector. The podium was completed by José Álvarez ahead of Miguel García and Carlos Rodríguez.
In addition to taking the lead of the Clio Trophy Spain, Jorge Cagiao put in an excellent performance in the general classification with two top ten times and finished ninth overall in the rally held in the home region of two-time F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso.
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Next round: Rallye La Nucía-Mediterráneo (5-7 November)
French Rally Cup
Clio Rally4 caused a sensation in the hands of Jean-Sébastien Vigion as it competed with the best Rally2s on the Rallye du Pays de Saint-Yrieix. With two top-three and 12 top-five finishes from 13 stages, Jean-Sébastien Vigion scored a superb fourth-place result in the general classification to score the points needed to secure his qualification for the French Rally Cup finale. Arthur Beylard also ran strong, placing his Clio Rally5 in the top ten to complete the Renault two-wheel-drive double.
Clio Rally4 also excelled on the Rallye de Lorraine, which also counts towards the Luxembourg Championship. Current Philippe Bugalski Challenge leader Thomas Anacleto put in a solid performance, finishing sixth overall, only being beaten by a GT in the two-wheel-drive category. Jérôme Janny and Nicolas Claire gave Clio Rally5 a one-two result in RC5.
Meanwhile, Hugo Yellas drove Clio Rally5 to class victory on the Rallye Le Béthunois, as did Tom Vauclare on the Rallye du Picodon and Romain Harnois on the Rallye des Jardins de Sologne.
Clio Rally4’s international rollout continued with an outing in Poland at the Rajd Mikołowsko-Żorski. Adam Wrocławski & Jacek Spentany were second overall in the event and led their class before the rally was halted due to a fatal accident. Meanwhile, Jiří Rybák & Jiří Hlávka took Clio Rally4 to the third place in their class on Rally Vyškov (Czech Republic).
Finally, Clio Rally5 continued its victorious weekend with Jiří Hladík & Karel Voltner and Filip Ocelka & Jaroslav Blažek taking a one-two finish in their class on Rally Vyškov (Czech Republic) as well as the success of the duo of Luka Brus & Tadej Zaljuberšek on Rally Nova Gorica (Slovenia).
The Clio Cup Europe now goes to Spain for round 11 of the 2021 season at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia (17-19 September). Meanwhile, the Clio Rally4s of Jean-Baptiste Franceschi and Ola Jr Nore will race in the Azores Rally (Portugal) as part of the FIA European Rally Championship. The French driver, who leads the FIA ERC3 Junior, will look to score more points in the FIA ERC3, while his Toksport WRT team-mate will be looking to gain momentum.
Photo 1 & 2: DPPI / Alpine Racing
Photo 3: Clio Trophy Spain
Photo 4: ArtofDoume