Clio Cup: the 2021 season has started with a new European format

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The Clio Cup Italia 2021 got underway last weekend on the Monza circuit, which saw the winner David Pouget in race 1 and Gabriele Torelli in race 2. The format is different than in other years, because the Clio Cup Italia sees it inserted within the Clio Cup Europe. This formula makes it possible to maintain the specificities of each of the four national and regional series. The Clio Cup Central Europe, Clio Cup France, Clio Cup Italy and Clio Cup Spain calendars, in fact, consist of five or six rounds and have been planned to integrate into that of the Clio Cup Europe, ensuring more competitive starting grids. In other words, the European series is a championship made up of fifteen appointments, all with a double race, within which four groups coexist, each dedicated to a national series.


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Each match will have separate rankings based on the registrations of each national series, while the general ranking will be used to award points in the Clio Cup Europe. The latter will therefore offer the most ambitious competitors a total of 15 rounds with 30 races, but only the best 20 results (the equivalent of 10 race weekends) will be counted towards designating the first champion.


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The program for each weekend is held over three days, with two free practice sessions on Fridays at 9.40 and 13.55. Same time for Saturday and Sunday, with qualifying before the race at 8.30 am and both heats lasting 25 minutes plus a lap to be completed at 2.35 pm, offered live on the Renault Sport Series Facebook page and on the Renault Sport YouTube channel.


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Another big news of the 2021 season is the car, based on the fifth generation of the Renault Clio. Under the hood is the 1.3 TCe turbo petrol engine that delivers 200PS and 300Nm, coupled to a Sadev sequential 5-speed gearbox and a ZF mechanical self-locking differential. The empty weight is 1,030 kg. Speaking of the teams, there are nine involved in the Clio Cup Italia 2021: Faro Racing, PMA Motorsport, Oregon Team, Essecorse, Progetto E20 Motorsport, CAAL Racing, SI Racing Team, Scuderia Costa Ovest and Garofano FG Motorsport. The total prize money for the season is 150,000 euros and, as in previous seasons, there is also the Clio Cup Press League which sees two journalists engaged in each race weekend.


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