While the 2019 Clio R3T Trophy France season is in full-chat at Rallye Mont-Blanc Morzine, Renault Sport Racing unveils its future plans for its rally customer racing programme.
Launched in 2014, the Renault Clio R3T soon demonstrated the full extent of its performance, particularly in the Clio R3T Trophy France, which has gradually become a benchmark category with the largest field in the FFSA French Asphalt Rally Championship.
Starting in 2015, Benoit Vaillant, then Charles Martin, Cédric Robert and Florian Bernardi have all added their names to the Clio R3T Trophy France hall of fame. This year, the battle to be the next is more intense than ever with three different crews having won in as many rallies to date and the fight promises to go on just until the final round, the Rallye du Var from 22-24 November.
The dawn of a new era
After cementing its status year after year in the French rally landscape in launching the careers of up and coming hopefuls or relaunching those of drivers eager for a second chance, the current concept will be maintained in a new trophy welcoming New Clio Rally developed by Renault Sport Racing.
Derived from the Clio R.S. Line, from which it takes its design and 4-cylinder, 16-valve 1.3 litre TCe engine, it also inherits its versatile chassis that will come in three versions: Cup, Rally and RX. Despite their shared components, each will, however, be a true race car specifically designed for its specialty.
Built to meet the new Rally-5 regulations, the New Clio R.S. Rally will offer its future owners several opportunities both in this specific trophy and open competition
A proven formula
Considering the popularity of the Clio R3T Trophy France, the future trophy will retain all its advantages with an exceptionally reliable car and controlled operating costs, but also the level of sporting and technical support and fair play that has built its reputation.
Working to make motorsport accessible for everyone since its inception in 1976, Renault Sport Racing will continue to offer competitors an extremely attractive prize scheme system in several categories: General, Juniors and Gentlemen.
The calendar will still boast six rounds of the FFSA French Asphalt Rally Championship to offer an amazing setting to the crews willing to compete on the finest roads France has to offer. In parallel, Renault Sport Racing will propose innovative incentives rewarding the involvement of the dealership network and the various teams entered.
France will not be the only country to welcome New Clio Rally as Italy and the Iberian Peninsula will also have their own trophies. More information will be announced in the weeks to come about the future of the French and other trophies. The 2020 calendar will be disclosed during the Rally Coeur de France (28-30 September), where New Clio Rally will make its first public appearance.
Final season for the Clio R3T
For all its customers who would like to extend their adventure in Clio R3T, Renault Sport Racing will put in place a transition season in coordination with the promoter of the Clio R3T Alps Trophy, BZ Consult.
This trophy exclusively focused on Clio R3T will continue in 2020 through Swiss and French events. This season will allow the different owners to use their car one more year while preparing for their switch to New Clio Rally through an attractive prize scheme.