My name is Neil Cogan. I have been interested and involved in motor racing from an early age. I currently hold a racing license and have tested in many different varieties of racing which I feel has given me more experience and knowledge of the sport and what is required to be successful. 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 recently competed in successful MINI Cooper Challenges at Oulton Park and Donington Park. I am eager to take the next step in my racing career and compete in a professional championship.
I have therefore been invited by a number of different teams to compete in the race series run by ToCA and Renault Sport, the Renault Clio Cup, and at this moment in time I am seeking sponsorship funds to compete in the 2018 Renault UK Clio Cup. I would be competing against several other drivers in the championship and I would aim to follow in the footsteps of former Renault Clio Cup champions to take the next step up to compete in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). The Renault Clio Cup has seen such Touring Car legends as the 2009 and 2014 British Touring Car (BTCC) Champion Colin Turkington and 2013 BTCC Champion Andrew Jordan and BTCC race winners Mat Jackson, Tom Onslow-Cole, Dave Newsham, Sam Tordoff , Aron Smith, Alex MacDowell, Phil Glew and Jack Goff competing in the championship before moving on to the British Touring Car Championship.
2016's Renault UK Clio Cup built on an exceptional 2015 for the championship with its biggest grid sizes in more than two years, seven different winners and another pulsating title battle that went down to the final race of the season – all in the category's 25th anniversary year! Many congratulations to Ant Whorton-Eales and the JamSport team for their championship success...
Looking ahead to 2017 all 18 of the UK Clio Cup's races will again take place at the high-profile British Touring Car Championship’s events, meaning its drivers, teams and sponsors continue to enjoy unrivalled levels of exposure with huge trackside crowds and live free-to-air TV coverage on ITV4.
Indeed the UK Clio Cup’s reputation for producing the future stars of the BTCC as well as leading names in international GT and sports car competition has never been higher. Most of the BTCC’s own grid comprises drivers with Renault Sport backgrounds – Sam Tordoff, Mat Jackson, Colin Turkington, Andrew Jordan and Jason Plato all came close to the BTCC crown in 2016.
Among the latest names to join its grid is 2015 UK Clio Cup Champion Ashley Sutton whose debut seaon in touring cars in 2016 will go down as one of the most impressive in recent history. Away from touring cars Jonny Adam, 2005 UK Clio Cup title-winner, is celebrating a second successive British GT crown…
Each car on the UK Clio Cup grid – a race-spec version of the potent Clio Renault Sport 220 Trophy Renault Sport’s – is identical and prepared by teams high in quality and professionalism and with very obvious links to BTCC teams. In addition the trademark bumper-to-bumper racing on track makes the UK Clio Cup the most exciting supporting category alongside the BTCC. In 2017 the championship will return to using tyres developed by Michelin – a company synonymous with Renault Sport's past.
Renault UK Clio Cup circuits
Brands Hatch (Kent)
Donington Park (Derby)
Oulton Park (Cheshire)
Croft (North Yorkshire)
Benefits of sponsoring in the Renault Clio Cup include:
- Guaranteed TV coverage on every race day
- The Clio Cup Sunday races are live on ITV4 and have shown an increase in viewing figures over the past few years.
- Viewing figures for the BTCC race meetings on ITV4 for the 2016 season rose by 43% compared to the viewing figures from the 2015 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.
- The highest demographic in attendance at each race meeting is between the ages of 25 and 40 years old.
- Within the 2016 race season, the advanced ticket sales from the official BTCC website (btcc.net) have shown an increase from those purchased in the 2015 season and is expected to keep rising over the coming years.
- The average number of spectators per race meeting in the 2015 season was in the region of 40,000, this would equal 360,000 per year, and increased in 2016 and expected to rise in 2017 and 2018
- An average of 40,000 viewings a month on renaultsport.co.uk website, therefore reaching nearly 500,000 per year.
- The Renault UK Clio Cup has over 5,000 followers on Facebook and twitter.
- At each race meeting the BTCC support race paddock is open for the public to access at all events with professional stands for each race team and hospitality tents for the VIP guests attending that particular meeting.
- Everyone who donates would have their name and picture on my race car which will make up the cars livery. E.g. picture size dependant on number of donators.
- Every one who donates will also have their picture and name on my website.
- Everyone who donates £50 or more will be entered into a prize draw to win a pair of weekend general admission tickets to their local Renault UK Clio Cup meeting, with the winner announced via my website, Facebook and Twitter pages.
- Everyone who donates £100 or more will be entered into a prize draw to win a pair of weekend hospitality tickets to their local Renault UK Clio Cup meeting, with the winner announced via my website, Facebook and Twitter pages.
- Everyone who donates £500 or more will be entered into a prize draw to win a pair of weekend VIP tickets including grid walk and watch the races from the pit garage with the team, to their local Renault UK Clio Cup meeting, with the winner announced via my website, Facebook and Twitter pages.
- 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 itv.com website.
I am raising the target fund to cover the cost of the following items for the whole season.
- Renault UK Clio Cup race car. £42,000
- Renault UK Clio Cup entrance/registration fees. £21,000
- Team Fees. £30,000
- Tyres £20,000
- Damage/Insurance/Spare car parts. £20,000
- Testing. £3.000 per day (£27,000 for 9 test days at each Renault UK Clio Cup venue)
(all costs include VAT and are for full season)