WRC: 2010 season preview

Acte III : A new era The Formula Renault 2.0 West European Cup will begin its third season in 2010 with the headline-making launch of the new Formula Renault 2.0, the latest weapon to carry on a racing success story in which the...

Acte III : A new era

The Formula Renault 2.0 West European Cup will begin its third season in 2010 with the headline-making launch of the new Formula Renault 2.0, the latest weapon to carry on a racing success story in which the greatest drivers have made their debut. The current cars will continue competing in the Challenger Formula 2.0. The 2010 season will kick off at Easter on the Nogaro circuit as part of the FFSA Super Series.

In just two years the Formula Renault West European Cup has become THE learning school for the F1 drivers of tomorrow. Daniel Ricciardo, the first winner, proved it a few weeks ago by setting the fastest time in the F1 test session reserved for young drivers. Next season, he will cross swords with the 2009 champion Albert Costa in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series.

The third season of this single-seater championship will be marked by the arrival of the new Formula Renault 2.0, which is quicker and closer to the cars in the series above, both in terms of handling and driving skillq. This brand-new single-seater, whose costs have been pared down to the minimum, remains faithful to the Formula Renault philosophy of the past 40 years - training the stars of tomorrow!

In 2010, the Formula Renault West European Cup will run 6 times in the FFSA Super Series. It will be the only single-seater formula in these big meetings attended by over 160 000 spectators this year. The decision to concentrate on the major series on French circuits means better media coverage. The Formula Renault 2.0 WEC will also be held at Magny-Cours in May at the only French round of the Super League Formula Championship. To enable teams to race in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 in parallel with the same chassis, 10 out of the 14 possible results will be taken into consideration.

The format of the meetings remains more or less the same as in previous years with a 1-hour free practice session, a qualifying session and then 2 races of around 30 minutes each. The driver's best time will be used to decide the grid for the first race. For race 2, the second-quickest times will be taken into account for the line-up.

The Formula Renault 2.0 West European Cup will be completed by the Challenge Formula Renault 2.0 reserved for the current version of the Formula Renault 2.0. This lower-cost formula is ideal for drivers taking their first steps in single-seaters or for gentlemen drivers who like thrills! All results will be taken into account for the Challenge Formula Renault 2.0. There will also be a special classification for gentlemen drivers of over thirty years of age.

The 2010 F.R 2.0 WEC champion will be given a test in the Formula Renault 3.5. The winner of the Challenge Formula 2.0 will receive an entry for the 2011 FR 2.0 WEC.

The first official shakedown will be held during the Collective Test on the Magny-Cours circuit on 18th March, then at Nogaro on 30th -- 31st March followed almost immediately by the first meeting of the season, the "Coupes de Pâques" on the Nogaro circuit from 2nd to 5th April 2010.

2010 Calendar: <pre> 02-05 Apr Nogaro (FFSA Super Series) 23-25 Apr Ledenon (FFSA Super Series) 07-09 May Dijon (FFSA Super Series) 20-23 May Magny-Cours (Super League Formula) 25-27 Jun Val de Vienne (FFSA Super Series) 10-12 Sep Albi (FFSA Super Series) 15-17 Oct Magny-Cours (FFSA Super Series)

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