It’s official: evo loves us!
Renault Sport has been named ‘Company of the past 20 years’ by high profile monthly performance car magazine evo at a ceremony to celebrate its own 20th birthday.
Many of evo’s favourite hot hatches have been Renault Sports, including: Clio V6, Clio 172 Cup, Clio 182 Trophy, Clio 200 Cup, Mégane R26.R (coming fifth in the magazine’s Best Car Ever test) and the Mégane 275 Trophy-R.
The past 20 years have been extremely successful for Renault Sport, too, becoming a three-time holder of the Nürburgring Nordschleife front-wheel-drive lap record with Mégane R26.R, Mégane 265 Trophy and Mégane 275 Trophy-R respectively.
evo Editor Stuart Gallagher said: “What makes Renault Sport a standout company is how it responds to new rivals and feedback from evo and its readers. Where others would consider throwing in the towel, Renault Sport accepts every challenge.”
Briton Max Fewtrell remains in the hunt for the Formula Renault Eurocup 2.0 with eight rounds of the 20 in total still to go.
Max, aged 19 from Birmingham, has had three wins so far in 2018 – at Paul Ricard in France, Silverstone in the UK and the Red Bull Ring in Austria. He also picked up a fifth and a seventh in the two most recent rounds at Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps circuit to lie third overall, 31.5 points off the top.
Podium result for FE farewell
Renault’s four-year involvement with the e.dams team in FIA Formula E – the world’s premier electric race car category – has ended with a podium result in the 2017/18 season finale in New York City.
Its 2016/17 drivers’ Champion Sebastien Buemi took a third place finish in round 11 in ‘The Big Apple’ and then a fourth in the closing round 12 to wind up fourth in the final standings. Renault e.dams has finished fifth in the teams’ table.
Breakthrough rallycross podium
The privateer GC-Kompetition team’s Prodrive-developed Mêgane R.S.s continue to impress in their debut season in the World Rallycross Championship.
Driver Jêrome Grosset-Janin achieved the car’s first podium result outright with a third place finish at the famous Holjes circuit in Sweden in early June.
The cars are 600bhp versions of the third generation Mêgane R.S. but bespoke built for WRX competition.
Both cars will next be in action this weekend (1-2 Sept) at Loheac, France with Grosset-Janin’s place being taken over by Briton Liam Doran alongside the team’s other driver Guerlain Chicherit