UK: Success for former Renault UK racers

Former Formula Renault UK front-runners Dean Stoneman and James Calado have become the latest in a long line of past racers to move one-step closer to Formula One stardom. Dean, aged 20 from Southampton, clinched the FIA Formula Two ...

Former Formula Renault UK front-runners Dean Stoneman and James Calado have become the latest in a long line of past racers to move one-step closer to Formula One stardom.

Dean, aged 20 from Southampton, clinched the FIA Formula Two Championship title at Valencia recently with six wins earning him a super licence for his success and a prize test in a Williams Formula One car at Abu Dhabi in November.

Meanwhile James Calado from Worcester fought off stiff competition from Oli Webb (Chester), another former Renault racer, to finish as Vice Champion in the British F3 International Series. There was further success for former Renault stars Brazilian-born Adriano Buzaid who finished fourth in the series and Menasheh Idafar (London) who clinched the National class championship title.

Many other former Renault racers have also made their mark over the past 12 months with 2009 Champion Dean Smith (Wolverhampton) finishing seventh in his debut GP3 season while 2008 title-holder Adam Christodoulou (Lichfield) continues to impress in the USA. 2008 Vice Champion Alexander Sims (Wansford) remains another star from the Renault ranks currently lying in fourth spot in the Formula 3 Euro Series.

Formula Renault UK Championship Promoter Simon North commented: "It's great to see so many past Renault drivers progressing so rapidly up the motorsport ladder and our congratulations go out to all the racers who are on their way to following in the footsteps of former Formula Renault UK stars Heikki Kovalainen, Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton."

He added: "This year's championship is once again extremely competitive with many talented drivers and will no doubt produce yet more stars of the future."

-source: renault sport uk

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Heikki Kovalainen , Dean Smith , Adriano Buzaid , Adam Christodoulou , Dean Stoneman , James Calado , Menasheh Idafar
Teams Williams