In the context of the growing appeal of motorsport on the Arabian Peninsula, GPX Event is preparing the Clio Cup Middle East in partnership with Alpine Racing. Everything points to this new series becoming an ideal addition to the disciplines of motorsport already flourishing around the 25th North parallel like karting, single-seaters, grand touring cars and endurance. GP Extreme has already achieved great renown in particular through the sporting saga of its branches GPX Racing and GPX Historic in events ranging from the 24 Hours of Spa to the Historic Monaco Grand Prix, the Asian Le Mans Series and the GT World Challenge Europe. GPX Event is also part of the Dubai team founded by Frédéric Fatien and managed by Pierre-Brice Mena, which won its spurs in style in the field of promotion when it organized the Historic Dubai Grand Prix Revival last December. This event , whose as no great surprise that GPX Event is looking to diversify its activities on the Dubai Autodrome and beyond.
Pierre-Brice Mena (GP Extreme Managing Director)
“The creation of the Clio Cup Middle east, which will be run to the same format as its European counterparts, is somthing our heart has been set on for a long time. We really believe in this formula as it provide a wonderful opportunity for the greatest possible number of enthusiasts to access motorsport, which has always been engraved in the ADN of GP Extreme. Our mission is to develop a series that interests young drivers and enlightened amateurs, locals as well as Europeans who would like to race during the winter period to prepare for their forthcoming season. Moreover, we’re happy to affirm the solid links that unite us to the Renault Group, which go back to the time we entered RS01s for races. We were also partners of the Formula Renault Eurocup and have been importers of the Clio Cup since 2021. As such, we’ve already sold a good number of cars and our aim to have between 15 to 20 on the grids for the first season before targeting bigger numbers afterwards. After demonstrating the quality of our standards in the Historic Dubai Grand Prix Revival bu Gulf Historic it’s clear that we have the will to do things really well.”
“We’re really delighted to launch this new offshot of the Clio Cup in collaboration with our privileged partners at GP Extreme. For several months now the GPX Event team has been working nonstop to bring this project to fruition while continuing to show the quality and seriousness of their efforts in the organization of sporting events. We have complete confidence in their talents to make the Clio Cup Middle East an essential step on the automotive landscape in this region; we’re convinced that the package we’re putting in place together will attract many competitors whether they are local or European, novices or experienced drivers.”
The calendar of the six meetings still has to be confirmed. Rendez-vous in May to find out more and this coming autumn for the first bumper-to-bumper battles which the Renault coupes – since the mythic R8 Gordini – have accustomed us to wherever they’ve raced!
About the Clio Cup
Since the launch of the R8 Gordini Cup in 1966, Renault has maintained a continuous presence on circuits around the world. Several thousand Clio Cups have been sold since 1991, and all five generations have been recognised for their performance, reliability and affordability. With its experience in promotional formulas and one-make series, Renault provides its savoir-faire and expertise to professionals and amateurs by offering a modern product adapted to their needs. In 2022, the Clio Cup will be in action in the Clio Cup Series but also in Clio Cup France, Clio Cup Spain, Clio Cup Italia and Clio Cup Eastern Europe, thanks to an innovative calendar opening up numerous opportunities for competitors from all backgrounds: experienced drivers, Challengers and Gentlemen Drivers!
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