31/01/2018

News in brief…

Carlos Sainz’s experience of the new Mégane R.S. on last weekend’s Monte Carlo Rally (see separate article) could not have been much further removed from that of UK motoring journalists who also drove the car for the first time last week.
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A dozen of them flew to the Jerez circuit in southern Spain to sample the car – pictured in Liquid Yellow as opposed the much seen Volcanic Orange – which goes on sale in the UK in the spring.

 

Expect to read their reviews in the coming weeks and months – we’ll bring you a round-up of what they said soon.

 

Renault Sports everywhere!

Thriving Renault Sport owners’ community Renaultsportclub.co.uk got its 2018 off to a high speed start with its first appearance at January’s Autosport International show.

 

The four-day event, held at NEC Birmingham, is one of the world’s biggest motor sport shows and attracted some 95,000 people.

Seven Renault Sports belonging to members were on display: five Méganes (a 275 Trophy-R; 250, 275 Cup-S, 225 and 225 F1) and two Clios (220 Trophy, 182 track car). A 2018-spec Renault UK Clio Cup race car loaned by new team Matrix Motorsport added to the line-up.

Renaultsportclub.co.uk co-founder Nigel Jones: “This was a massively busy event for us and a great way for us to get our 2018 events calendar under way – details of all our other events this year will be out soon. A big thanks to Renault UK for supporting us at the show.”

Young Brits among Renault Sport’s picks for 2018

British drivers Jack Aitken and Max Fewtrell will continue as Renault Sport Academy backed drivers in 2018.

 

Only seven drivers are selected to be part of the Academy each year. Jack and Max have been retained from 2017.

 

In addition to their racing, both will benefit from an extensive programme that includes physical and mental training, media and marketing support, engineering skills and learning about Renault’s proud history in motor sport. Many elements will be taught at Renault Sport Formula One Team’s Enstone base.

In 2018, 22-year-old Jack will graduate from the FIA GP3 series (he was a title contender in 2017) to the FIA Formula 2 Championship with the ART Grand Prix team.

Notably, Jack won the Formula Renault Eurocup crown in 2015 and it will be this title that Max hopes to win in 2018. Max, aged 18, finished sixth in 2017’s championship and was the highest placed rookie driver.

 

 

Gold Star award

Rally driver Sara Williams’s exploits in the Renault Clio RT3 Trophy rally championship have earned her a high-profile award.

Sara, from Brecon, received the British Women Racing Drivers’ Club’s GoldStar Elite award during a ceremony at the Autosport International show – the second time she has been presented with the accolade.

 

Sara took ninth overall in 2017’s RT3 Trophy standings. Each driver in the championship, promoted by Renault Sport Racing, competes with an identical rally-spec version of the turbocharged 1.6-litre Clio R.S. 200 EDC.