UK: Leading teams reignite competition in 2008

Reigning champion Fortec Motorsport is set to defend its drivers and Entrants titles with a four-car line-up in the 2008 Formula Renault UK with Michelin Championship. The Daventry-based team, which has won both drivers and entrants titles in the...

Reigning champion Fortec Motorsport is set to defend its drivers and Entrants titles with a four-car line-up in the 2008 Formula Renault UK with Michelin Championship. The Daventry-based team, which has won both drivers and entrants titles in the last two seasons, has pre-registered four cars for next season.

The pre-registration process has been introduced for all three Renault Sport UK Championships in anticipation of huge interest. The 2007 Formula Renault UK with Michelin Winter Cup reached a capacity of 32 in record time, while the 2007 ELF Renault Clio Cup saw a record 44 entries.

Teams that pre-register their intention to take part in 2008 are guaranteed to be the first to receive registration forms when championship registration opens in January.

Alongside Fortec Motorsport with a four-car entry is AKA Cobra and Carlin Motorsport, each with four cars. Carlin, which will make its full debut in the Formula Renault UK Championship, plans to have Henry Surtees (Edenbridge) as part of its four-pronged attack after he raced in the recent Formula Renault UK with Michelin Winter Cup.

Falcon Motorsport has pre-registered Estonian pilot Sten Pentus (Faringdon) at the head of a proposed three-driver line-up. Pentus recently took BARC Class victory in round four of the Formula Renault UK Winter Cup having finished 11th in FR2000 Class despite missing four races.

Another team graduating from the Formula Renault BARC Championship is Alpine Motorsport with its ace driver Dean Stoneman (Southampton). The 2007 Formula Renault BARC vice-champion will be part of a two-car team. Eurotek Motorsport, which ran Jordan Oakes (Hopton) in the 2007 championship, is planning to enter a two-car team. AMR's Andy Meyrick (Delamere) is the sole privateer to enter so far.

Commenting on the success of the pre-registration process, Championship Manager Simon North said: "Formula Renault UK has enjoyed great strength in depth in recent seasons with the destination of the title going to the final race meeting. The Formula One success of our 2000 champion Kimi Raikkonen and 2003 champion Lewis Hamilton is raising the profile of the championship and we hope this will be reflected in the quality of driver attracted to the series in 2008.

-credit: renaultsport.co.uk

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Lewis Hamilton , Sten Pentus , Henry Surtees , Dean Stoneman
Teams Carlin