News in brief 27.09.19

A glimpse at other Renault Sport news from both the UK and elsewhere around the world…
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Freeman close to Series title…

As we went to press, Simon Freeman could be crowned 2019’s BARC Michelin Clio Cup Series Champion at Croft in North Yorkshire.

Freeman was heading to Croft’s penultimate rounds (21-22 Sept) with a 12-point championship lead over nearest rival Ronan Pearson.

If he could extend that by a further 11 points he would be out of reach heading to the season finale at Oulton Park, Cheshire (26 Oct). Pearson, though, was on a roll having won three of the four rounds prior to Croft.

Clio Cup Series is the club level racing championship for older ‘Gen 3’ cars from the UK Clio Cup.

… As is Polley 182 crown

Meanwhile Ryan Polley has put himself in pole position to win the 750 Motor Club’s Clio 182 Championship at Snetterton next month…

Polley will go into the final two rounds at the Norfolk circuit (12-13 Oct) leading nearest rival Don de Graaff by 17 points.

Two third place finishes should suffice for Polley who has won six of the 14 rounds held so far. James Bark has an outside chance of the title – he is 40 points adrift of the top with more than 70 up for grabs in the season finale.

Pic courtesy Jon Elsey

British star Quinn stuns on FRenault debut

Young British driver Alex Quinn stunned the Formula Renault Eurocup grid on his debut in the championship at the Nurburgring.

The 18-year-old from Camelford, Cornwall took a strong fourth in the opening race at the German circuit at the end of August.

He then went even better in race two with a second place finish for the Arden Motorsport team.

Although out of luck in the following meeting at Hungary’s Hungaroring, he will be looking to regain his podium form next time out at Barcelona, Spain on 28-29 Sept.

Formal F1 role for Prost

Renault Formula 1 legend Alain Prost has reportedly taken on a more formal role with the manufacturer’s F1 squad.

Autosport magazine revealed that Prost had become a non-executive director of Renault Sport Racing Ltd – the company behind the team.

Prost raced for Renault’s F1 team from 1981-83, winning nine grands prix. He challenged for the title in 1982 and finished a close championship runner-up in 1983.

After then winning three drivers’ titles with McLaren, he took a fourth and final crown in 1993 with Williams (pictured above) and, quite fittingly, also Renault whose engines by then were powering the UK team’s cars.