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Neil Cogan

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I have been given the opportunity to enter the Renault UK Clio Grid  for 2018 with Matrix Motorsport.  I am extremely proud to be given this opportunity.  My  eventual ambition is to progress through the Renault UK Clio Cup and compete in the British Touring Car Championship  (BTCC). I am currently seeking funding to compete in the Donington Park meeting on 28th-29th April.

I have been go-karting since I was six years old in  various karts and at various venues. At my local go-karting venue I have  consistently finished no lower than third position, producing equal lap  times every lap and I was therefore invited to compete for a NKA  karting championship. My recent racing history includes testing in an MG  ZR and competing in a Renault Clio scholarship where there were two  timed sessions and my quickest lap time improved by 2.5 seconds from the  first session to the second. I have also competed in successful MINI  Cooper Challenges at Oulton Park and Donington Park. Most recently I competed in a karting race at my local venue where I  claimed pole position and won with lapping everyone in the process. I am  eager to take the next step in my racing career and compete in a professional championship.

The Renault UK Clio Cup heads into 2018 aiming to build further on  the rise in popularity that it has enjoyed in the past three seasons.

All 18 of the UK Clio Cup’s races will take place at the British  Touring Car Championship’s high-profile events which in 2017 attracted a  total of 385,100 people and a record 144.5 hours of live free-to-air  coverage on ITV4.

Races were also streamed live on the ITV.com website – thereby adding to the potential audience reach via handheld devices.

2017′s UK Clio Cup was the fastest in history, as witnessed by an  astonishing 14 new qualifying and race lap records. A return to Michelin  tyres certainly played a hand as did one of the most competitive grids  in memory.

To cap it all, new Champion Mike Bushell has been  confirmed as a BTCC driver for 2018 and, just two years after winning  the UK Clio Cup crown in 2015, Ashley Sutton will go into 2018 as the  reigning British Touring Car Champion…

In fact most of the BTCC grid comprises drivers with UK Clio Cup/Renault Sport backgrounds – think Mat Jackson, Colin Turkington,  Andrew Jordan, Jason Plato, Jack Goff, Senna Proctor and Ant  Whorton-Eales for starters.

Meanwhile, overseas, UK Clio Cup  champions Jonny Adam and Josh Files in 2017 won the Le Mans 24 Hours GTE  class and German TCR touring car crown respectively. 2002 racer Robert  Huff made it a record nine touring car wins at the Macau GP.

Each car on the UK Clio Cup grid – a race-spec version of the potent  Clio Renault Sport 220 Trophy – is identical and prepared by highly  professional teams, some with very obvious links to the BTCC. In  addition the trademark bumper-to-bumper racing on track makes the UK  Clio Cup the most exciting supporting category alongside the BTCC.

The £25,000 target fund is per meeting in the Renault UK Clio Cup  and covers the cost of the following items:

  • Renault UK Clio Cup car
  • Team fees
  • Driver entry fees
  • Tyres
  • Insurance
  • Spare parts
The season consists of 18 races, 9 meetings at 8 circuits throughout the UK
The 2018 Renault UK Clio Cup calendar:
 
Round         Date                                             Circuit, County

*1&2              Sat 7/Sun 8 April                         Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent*
3&4              Sat 28/Sun 29 April                      Donington Park, Leics
5&6              Sat 19/Sun 20 May                      Thruxton, Hampshire
7&8              Sat 9/Sun 10 June                       Oulton Park, Cheshire
9&10            Sat 23/Sun 24 June                     Croft, North Yorkshire
11&12          Sat 28/Sun 29 July                       Snetterton, Norfolk
13&14          Sat 11/Sun 12 August                   Rockingham, Northants
15&16          Sat 15/Sun 16 September            Silverstone, Northants

17&18,         Sat 29/Sun 30 September            Brands Hatch (Grand Prix), Kent
* = I will be unable to attend due to other commitments.

Benefits of sponsoring in the Renault Clio Cup include:

•             Guaranteed TV coverage on every race day
•             The Renault UK Clio Cup supports the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC)
•             The Renault UK Clio Cup is the perfect feeder series to the BTCC with more than 50% of the current BTCC drivers, are former Renault UK Clio Cup drivers.
•             The Clio Cup Sunday races are live on ITV4 and have shown an increase in viewing figures over the past few years. With over 17 million viewings a season.
•             Viewing figures for the BTCC race meetings on ITV4 for the 2017 season rose by 43% compared to the viewing figures from the 2016 season and is expected to continue rising over the coming years.
•             A minimum of 40,000 spectators are in attendance at each BTCC race day, this would equal over 380,000 a season.
•             In the 2017 race season, the advanced ticket sales from the official BTCC website (www.btcc.net) shown an increase from those purchased in the 2016 season and is expected to keep rising over the coming years.
•             The average number of spectators per race meeting in the 2016 season was in the region of 40,000, this would equal 360,000 per year, and have increased in 2017 and expected to rise in 2018 and 2019.
•             An average of 40,000 viewings a month on www.renaultsport.co.uk website, therefore reaching nearly 500,000 per year.
•             The Renault UK Clio Cup has over 13,000 followers on Facebook and over 8,000 on Twitter.
•             Possibility of free Neil Cogan Racing clothing to your employees (which I am in the process of obtaining)
•             The Clio Cup will return to the popular Motorsport UK highlights show on ITV4 with a 32-week run of 30-minute broadcasts. Each episode can also be replayed via the ITV Player on the ITV website for up to 30 days after the show has been aired.
•             In addition to the live Clio Cup races, this popular saloon-car championship will also benefit from live streaming via the www.itv.com website.
Please support my ambition to become a professional racing  driver and to achieve the first step in my motor racing career by competing in a professional championship.

Everyone who donates will:

  • Have their name on my race car making the cars livery for the meeting.
  • Have their name on my race car throughout my racing career (subject to team/championship).
  • Have their name on my website throughout my racing career.
  • Recieve a thank you message/video via my Facebook and Twitter accounts
  • Recieve a signed photo/poster from a session I compete in.

For  every one who donates I will donate £1 to Cancer Research UK, i.e. If I  obtain 100 donators I will donate £100 to Cancer Research UK.

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