26/02/2018

News in brief… (1)

Dates for the diary
Renaultsportclub.co.uk has announced several key dates for Renault Sport community together. These include:
• Thursday 15 March: Renault UK Clio Cup Media Day, Silverstone circuit, Northants
• Sunday 1 April: Yorkshire BIG Breakfast, Malton, North Yorkshire
• Sunday 6 May: The Speed & Rally Show, Oswestry, Shropshire
• Saturday 7 July: French Car Show, Donington Park, Leicestershire

The similarly popular ClioSport.net has also confirmed its annual ClioSport Festival will take place at Blyton Park, Lincolnshire on the weekend of Fri 24-Sun 26 August.
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Going on-line

Renault Sport will officially enter the world of eSports online racing this year when partners Team Vitality in the Rocket League Championship Series Europe.

 

The Rocket League features car-based sports action and has over 25 million followers.

 

Meanwhile the re-branded Renault Sport Team Vitality is also in discussions with Formula 1 to compete in its official eSports Series…

Home favourites…
As part of its 120th anniversary celebrations, Groupe Renault has confirmed an official partnership with the French Grand Prix at Circuit Paul Ricard which returns to the Formula 1 calendar this year (24 June).

 

This will include major visibility at the event with a trademark yellow grandstand for ticket holders to support the Renault Sport Formula 1 Team in its ‘second home race’ (the other being at Silverstone thanks to the team’s base at nearby Enstone) as well as vehicle displays and other ‘Fan Zone’ activities.

 

Renault won the French GP at Paul Ricard with Rene Arnoux in 1982 (pictured) and Alain Prost in 1983 and also later with Fernando Alonso in 2005 at Magny Cours where the race ran from 1991-2008.

 

How could we?!
In our January newsletter we ran an article highlighting why 2018 marks a number of Renault Sport anniversaries. One we missed was Renault’s 1978 victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar race with its voluptuous A442B, driven by Jean-Pierre Jassaud and the late Didier Pironi! The 40th anniversary of that famous win comes on 10-11 June…

 

Bonne anniversaire!

Happy birthday to Renault Sport legends Bernard Dudot (80 on 30 January) and Alain Prost who, believe it or not, turned 63 on 24 February (born 1955).

 

Prost won nine grands prix with Renault’s F1 team between 1981 and 1983 and, using the manufacturer’s engines in his Williams, later went on to achieve a fourth drivers’ title in 1993. He is now the Co-Owner of the title-winning Renault e.dams team in the FIA Formula E Championship.

 

Dudot was the brains behind Renault’s sensational F1 engines of the late Seventies, Eighties and Nineties. These included the sport’s first-ever turbocharged motor – the 1.5-litre EF1 – which debuted at Silverstone in 1977 (also Renault’s first GP), the innovative EF15B with pneumatic valve return technology (also turbocharged) which powered Ayrton Senna’s Lotus to two victories in 1986 and, later, the howling 3.5 V10 normally aspirated power plant that led to many of Williams’s successes in the Nineties.