05/12/2019

News in brief...

A glimpse at other Renault Sport news from both the UK and elsewhere around the world…
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Polley feeling jolly!

Cambridgeshire’s Ryan Polley has been crowned the 750 Motor Club’s Clio 182 Champion for 2019.

Ryan (pictured) took the title in the first of the two final rounds at Snetterton, Norfolk.

Nearest rival James Bark from Lincolnshire won the very last round there and was just four points short of Ryan in the final standings.

Indeed they were closely matched all season with Ryan achieving seven race wins to James’ six.

The club-level championship, for 182 Cup versions of the Clio, was contested by over 30 drivers during the 2019 season.

Collet stars at Senna tribute

Renault Sport Racing Academy driver Ciao Collet enjoyed possibly the biggest day for his career so far when he demonstrated a Formula 1 car in front of thousands of fans ahead of his nation Brazil’s Grand Prix event.

Ciao, fifth in this year’s Formula Renault Eurocup single-seater championship, drove Renault’s 2012 F1 car in his home city of Sao Paulo.

The demonstration was part of a special held event in tribute to Brazil’s three-time world champion Ayton Senna (CLICK HERE for footage).

Senna’s earlier years in F1 from 1985-86, at the wheel of black and gold, 1000bhp-plus Renault-engined Lotus, make for some of the sport’s most evocative images.

Arden on 2020 Eurocup grid

British team Arden Motorsport is among the nine squads confirmed for 2020’s Formula Renault Eurocup season.

Renault Sport Racing unveiled its ‘pre-selected’ teams at the recent 2019 season finale in Abu Dhabi at which Banbury based Arden took third in this year’s teams’ standings.

Arden was originally formed by ex-FRenault racer and now Red Bull F1 team boss Christian Horner and his father Garry – the latter is now in sole charge of the operation.

Next season will mark 50 years since the Formula Renault category was first launched (in France in 1969) with the Eurocup having been its premier championship in the past two decades or more.

On 2020’s entry list as well is double Renault F1 world champion Fernando Alonso’s FA Racing team from Spain, plus newcomer ART Grand Prix which has won numerous other international titles in Formula 3 and Formula 2 competition.

Strong showing in WRX finale

The GC Kompetition team’s FIA World Rallycross season with its specially developed privateer 600bhp Mégane and Clio R.S. models came to an end at the Killarney circuit in South Africa earlier this month.

Sweden’s Anton Marklund and team principal, France’s Guerlain Chicherit, both came close to reaching the grand final with fourth place results in their semi-finals (a top three is required to progress).

Marklund has finished a strong seventh in the drivers’ championship with Chicherit in 12th.

That’s one place ahead of team-mate and fellow Frenchman Cyril Raymond in team’s Clio, although he was out of luck in South Africa.

By contrast, the team’s Belgian driver Guillaume de Ridder, 18th in the final table, enjoyed arguably his strongest performance so far with fifth in his semi-final in his Clio.