News in brief May….

A round-up of other R.S. news both home and abroad, including some special dates for owners and followers of the brand to watch out for…
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Major meets for R.S. owners coming up

R.S. enthusiasts still have a last chance to book places for major events being held by Renaultsportclub.co.uk and Cliosport.net in the coming weeks.

This Sunday (26 May), the former is inviting owners to join it for coffee at Goodwood circuit in West Sussex.

Little more than a month later – 28 June-3 July – it’s time for the ‘big one’: a memorable road trip in convey along Scotland’s North Coast 500 route.

Cliosport.net meanwhile has its annual Clio Sport Festival at Blyton Park, Lincs (5-7 July).

The event is popular with owners of all R.S. models and allows for time on the Blyton track.

Click on the links above for more details.


F1 anniversaries approaching fast

The next month or so will mark two massive dates in Renault’s Formula 1 history – its first wins in the sport with turbocharged power and with a normally aspirated engine.

It was at Montreal, Canada in June 1989 that it won with its RS1 3.5 V10 powerplant – fitted to the Williams of Belgian driver Thierry Boutsen. This was the first year that F1 went fully normally-aspirated after turbo cars had dominated the previous six seasons…

 Almost a decade before, 1 July 1979, there had been another significant breakthrough when Jean-Pierre Jabouille drove Renault’s own R.S.10 to victory at Dijon – the first for the French make and the first in F1 for a car powered by a turbocharged engine (Renault’s EF1 1.5 V6t). And all on home ground, too!

Watch out for longer versions of both these remarkable tales in forthcoming R.S. newsletters…


Grand Prix date for Clio Cup racers

Renault Sport Racing has confirmed a special pair of races for drivers in its Clio Cup championships around the world will take place at June’s French Formula 1 Grand Prix event (22-23 June). 

An entry of over 55 cars is expected at the Paul Ricard circuit with a number of drivers from the UK Clio Cup expected to participate – in spite of a 2000 mile round trip!

But it will mean an exhausting three race weekends in a row for them… seven days prior they will be in action in rounds five and six of the UK championship at Croft in North Yorkshire (15-16 June). A swift departure from Ricard will then be required to return to British shores in time for the UK championship’s seventh and eighth rounds at Oulton Park, Cheshire (29-30 June).

Last November, British drivers Jack Young and Max Coates – currently fighting for the UK Clio Cup title – finished first and second in a similar one-off event also at Paul Ricard.


F1 roadshow reaches half a million people

The Renault Sport F1 Team has recently concluded an exhaustive tour of 15 cities in France in which it has helped to promote the forthcoming French Grand Prix event (22-23 June).

Team drivers Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hülkenberg, Sergey Sirotkin and Jack Aitken have all been part of the road show which started at Disneyland, Paris in April and ended at Saint Raphaël along the Mediterranean coastline.

As part of the events, Renault F1 machinery new and old including 2012’s E20 and 1977’s RS01 was demonstrated before an estimated half a million people.