The pace is accelerating in Spain, France and Italy for the Clio Rally5 trophies while Clio Rally4 made an all-mighty impression with its first success in competition.

Clio Rally4

Fast, reliable, victorious: Renault Clio Rally4 ticked all the boxes with its first victory on the Rallye Vosges Grand Est.

Entrusted for the first time to Anthony Fotia and Europe Location thanks to their 2020 Clio Trophy France Junior and Teams titles, the new car designed by the Viry-Châtillon and Dieppe teams dominated the RC4 class. The team also won the two-wheel-drive category and was in the battle for the overall top ten.

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Clio Trophy France Asphalte

Romain Di Fante scored his first win of the season in round two of the Clio Trophy France Asphalte at the Rallye Vosges Grand Est. Victorious ahead of Benjamin Stirling and Styve Juif, the Junior driver took the lead of the general classification from Thomas Chauffray.

Richard Paget won in the Gentleman category as did Sarah Filipe in the Female class after several twists and turns on the roads of the Vosges. Thomas Anacleto drove his Clio S1600 to victory in the Philippe Bugalski Challenge.

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Next round: Rallye Aveyron Rouergue Occitanie (8-10 July)

Clio Trophy Spain

While the Rali Castelo Branco in Portugal only permitted the Clio Trophy Spain crews to compete on four of the eight stages initially scheduled, Diogo Gago remained the man to beat on his home soil during the second event of the season. Despite a 15-second penalty, the Portuguese driver won the rally with a 6.5s margin of victory from Germán Leal, who still leads the general classification ahead of his rival and Miguel García, who finished third this weekend.

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Next round: Rally de Ourense (16-17 July)

Clio Trophy Italia

The nine special stages of the Rally di Alba put the Clio Trophy Italia crews to the test. Davide Nicelli drove a clean and steady rally to win by just 0.7s from Mattia Zanin, who led until a mistake on SS5. Despite suffering a puncture, Pier Francesco Verbilli completed the podium. Thanks to this second consecutive success, Davide Nicelli takes the lead in the general classification after the first three rounds of the season.

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Next round: Rally della Marca Trevigiana (9-11 July)

And elsewhere...

Alfred Kramer and Jeannette Kvick took their Clio Rally5 to category victory on the INA Delta Rally. The Austrian-Danish crew also finished second among the competitors entered in the Croatian Junior Rally Championship.

Clio Rally5 also starred in round one of the German Rally Championship with Tim Wacker and Chioma Monix, winning the RC5 class and finishing fifth in the two-wheel-drive category.

Sylvain Fouteret, who competed in the Clio Trophy France Asphalte at Le Touquet, also made a name for himself with impressive times on the Rallye des Centurions, finishing just outside the top ten of this event which counts towards the French Rally Cup.

Coming up

This week, the Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT will kick off at Rally Poland (18-20 June). The only mixed-surface trophy dedicated to Clio Rally5 will welcome five crews ready to compete in the European Rally Championship. Jean-Baptiste Franceschi, Ola Jr Nore and Florian Bernardi will join them as they launch their European campaigns and aim to win the FIA ERC3 and FIA ERC3 Junior titles with Clio Rally4.

The Clio Trophy Swiss will resume at the Rallye National des Bornes (18-19 June), where David Erard will try to repeat after his season-opening victory over Sacha Althaus and Jérémie Toedtli.

Clio RX will also be in action in round two of the French Junior FFSA Rallycross Championship at Essay-les-Ducs (18-20 June). After dominating the proceedings at Châteauroux, David Bouet will look to build on his success against competition led by Florian Meureau and Kévin Portal.

And last but far from least, the Clio Cup Europe, with more than forty drivers looking to star during the prestigious Emirates Formula One French Grand Prix at Circuit Paul Ricard (18-20 June), will be the event of the weekend. The two qualifying sessions and the two races from round six of the calendar will be broadcast live on Facebook and Youtube.