Renault Sport launches F.Renault 1.6 series
Renault Sport has announced four Formula Renault 1.6 series across Europe for the 2014 season: Formula Renault 1.6 ALPS Junior, Formula Renault 1.6 North European Junior Cup and Formula Renault 1.6 Nordic, while a fourth series will soon be launched.
This new programme based on the 1.6 liters cars, starts with the purpose of facilitating the access to the next levels, using a low-cost Signatech carbon-fiber single seater. At the end of the season, a Formula Renault 2.0 will be offered to the winner of a selection process among the best two drivers from each national championship that will be held in November.
Renault Sport offers a racing ladder to progress in single seaters. – Renault Sport Technologies sporting coordinator Benoit Dupont said – Whether coming from karting or starting out directly in an automobile, young drivers will have a real tool to learn their craft with the Formula Renault 1.6. These series’ are also very attractive for amateurs who want to compete against up and coming drivers for a price unequalled in open-wheel racing. Depending on the championship, the cost of a season will range from 60 to 90,000 Euros. With this new programme, Renault Sport returns to its roots when Formula Renault 2.0 evolved in national championships.
Formula Renault 1.6 ALPS Junior will be run in conjunction with the Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS with a Mediterranean geographical base, including two rounds with the World Series by Renault at Motorland and Paul Ricard.
Launched in 2013, the Formula Renault 1.6 North European Junior Cup will be based on the programme that is been in place for several years in Formula Renault 2.0 NEC. The races will be held in Holland, Belgium and Germany, with two rounds held on the same weekend as the World Series by Renault at Spa-Franchorchamps and the Nürburgring.
Integrated into the prestigious STCC, the Formula Renault 1.6 Nordic Championship offers new possibilities for drivers from Sweden, a new country to single seater competition. On three occasions, the FIA North European Zone Championship will be incorporated with race meetings organized by Renault Sport.
Formula Renault 1.6 ALPS Junior: Motorland Aragon (27 April), Red Bull Ring (25 May), Monza (6 July), Mugello (7 September), Paul Ricard (28 September).
Formula Renault 1.6 Nordic : Karlskoga (4 May), Botniaring (18 May), Tierp Arena (25 May), Falkenberg (13 July), Parnu (10 August), Ring Knutstorp (24 August), Solvalla (7 September), Mantorp Park (24 September).
Formula Renault 1.6 NEC Junior : Zandvoort (20 April), Spa-Francorchamps (1 June), Nürburgring (13 July), Assen (3 August), Zolder (31 August), Spa-Francorchamps (5 October), Zandvoort (19 October).