21/03/2018

News in Brief… (2)

R.S. models dazzle in Silverstone rallycross
Silverstone’s first event on its new rallycross (RX) circuit gave fans a glimpse of several spectacular Renault Sport models being raced in the category in 2018 – including a Clio 220 Trophy built to the top ‘Supercar’ class for flame-spitting 600bhp machinery.
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The sinister-looking car (pictured all in black) was raced in British RX’s opening round by France’s Guerlain Chicherit as he got in some valuable practice for May’s World RX round at the Northants venue which, running under the title of Speed Machine, will also double up as a street food/music festival.

 

By then, however, Chicherit will have his hands on an all-new 600bhp third generation Mégane which has been specially designed and developed for his GC Competition team by Prodrive. And the latest news is that there will in fact be two GC-entered Méganes – for Chicherit and former French Champion Jerome Grosset-Janin – when World RX gets under way in Barcelona next month.

 

Elsewhere at Silverstone there was victory in the ‘Super National’/Super 1600 class final for Jack Thorne’s Twingo R.S. (also pictured) as well as third and sixth places in the same race for Tristan Ovenden’s Clio V6 and Kirk Twyman’s Clio 182 which can all be seen in action in British RX’s next round at Lydden Hill, Kent (Sun 2 Apr).

 

That’s some going…
Members of the Renaultsportclub.co.uk forum travelled from far and wide to attend the Renault UK Clio Cup’s annual Media Day launch, this year held at Silverstone (Thurs 15 March). Cars included a trio of Clio 220 Trophies and four Méganes (225, 275 Cup S, 275 Trophy and fourth generation GT).

 

The most impressive journey however was that of forum administrator Stevie Cunningham and his 70-something mother and father Joyce and Robert whose trip from Glasgow and back totalled some 700 miles!

 

A (not so) Nice day…

Past and present Renault F1 drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Alain Prost braved pouring rain to warm up race fans ahead of the new season by demonstrating two of the team’s cars in front of thousands of public along Nice’s famous Premonade des Anglais.

 

Hülkenberg was behind the wheel of a 2012 V8-powered E20 and Prost the RE40 in which he won four GPs in 1983 before going on to win four world titles.

 

The spectacle was part of Renault Sport’s support for the French GP which, after a ten year hiatus, returns in June at the Circuit Paul Ricard near Marseille…

 

Down but not out

Sara Williams’s second season in the Renault Clio RT3 Trophy rally championship in France ended, sadly, with a retirement. The Brecon Beacons driver was forced to withdraw from Rallye du Touquet with mechanical issues.

 

Her next event in the predominantly asphalt-based championship – for drivers in identical rally-spec Clio R.S. 200s – is Rallye Lyon-Charbonnieres (19-21 April).

 

Rallycross pics: © Hal Ridge