News in brief

A quick glimpse at other Renault Sport news, both home and abroad, from owners club meets to F1…
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NC500 & Clio Sport Festival dates released

Renaultsportclub.co.uk and ClioSport.net have both announced details of two big dates for members and car owners.

The former’s brilliant annual North Coast 500 road trip around the north coast of Scotland will this year take place from 28 June to 23 July.

The latter’s highly popular and well established Clio Sport Festival meanwhile will be held on the weekend of 5-7 July at Blyton Park, Lincolnshire.


Mégane R.S. gets Top Gear air time

The BBC’s Top Gear motoring programme has become the latest high profile media title to feature a review of the new Renault Sport Mégane.

The car was put through its pace by presenter Rory Reid during a feature that also looked back at Renault Sort’s hot hatch heritage from the 5 Turbo, Clio Williams to the Clio V6 and Mégane R26R.

During his nine minute feature, Rory had numerous questions to ask and observations to make of the new car.

CLICK HERE to play the film (see 21-30 minutes).


Sirotkin & Aitken given key Renault F1 roles

After making his Formula One debut in 2018 with the Williams team, Sergey Sirotkin has been confirmed as the Renault F1 Team’s third and reserve driver for 2019.

It’s a role the Russian filled in 2017 and it means he would step in for Nico Hulkenberg or Daniel Ricciardo if either is ever unable to compete at a grand prix.

Briton Jack Aitken will also be part of the team’s make-up in 2019 – his fourth season allied to the squad after becoming a Renault Sport Academy driver in 2016.

He and Sirotkin will jointly conduct simulator and development work at the team’s technical centre at Enstone, UK while racing themselves – Sirotkin in the World Endurance Championship and Aitkin in the GP2 single-seater category which appears at F1 events.


Testing of new Formula Renault continues

France’s Formula 1 circuit of Paul Ricard is this week expected to see a large number of teams and drivers putting the new Formula Renault car through its paces ahead of its race debut next month.

The Tatuus-built car which uses a race-spec version of the 1.8 engine found in the new Mégane R.S. represents the next chapter in the single-seater category’s long and established history as a maker of future racing superstars.

Last week those signing up to the new-look formula were in action at Magny-Cours, France before the trip south to be at Paul Ricard this week. Further official pre-season testing is scheduled to take place in a fortnight at Barcelona, Spain.

The 2019 Formula Renault Eurocup – which will use a grid full of the new cars – begins at Monza, Italy in mid-April. Nine more events – including Silverstone, UK and the Monaco Grand Prix weekend in May – will follow.