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Series 2010 season preview

2010 is already there! On the occasion of the final meeting of the season, held on the new Motorland Aragon circuit, the World Series by Renault Organizing Committee has presented the sporting innovations for the coming season. 2010 race ...

2010 is already there!

On the occasion of the final meeting of the season, held on the new Motorland Aragon circuit, the World Series by Renault Organizing Committee has presented the sporting innovations for the coming season.

2010 race calendar: The 2010 World Series by Renault will take place at eight European circuits. Once again the majority will be Formula 1 circuits. The Formula Renault 3.5 Series will also be a part of the action at the legendary Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix, a meeting which has become the highlight of the year in the class.

1- Motorland Aragon (Spain): 17 -- 18 April, 2010
2- Spa-Francorchamp (Belgium): 1 -- 2 May, 2010
3- Brno (Czech Republic): 5 -- 6 June, 2010
4- Magny-Cours (France): 19 -- 20 June, 2010
5- Budapest (Hungary): 3 -- 4 July, 2010
6- Hockenheim (Germany) : 4 - 5 September, 2010
7- Silverstone (Great Britain) : 18 -- 19 September, 2010
8- Barcelone (Spain): 9 -- 10 October, 2010
+ Grand Prix de Monaco: 15 -- 16 May, 2010 (FR 3.5 Series only)

Formula Renault 3.5 Series: Technical reliability is the watchword for 2010, with an view to controlling costs. Formula Renault 3.5 will undergo no changes if "Push to Pass" is not cancelled. In compensation, the engine limiter will move from 8,200 to 8,500 rpm.The format of the meetings will change slightly, in order to increase the racing time to favour sheer performance and offer improved clarity for spectators and the media. On Fridays, the programme will feature two collective testing session of 1h15 each. This increased driving time will in particular allow the Rookies to gain the maximum experience before qualifying.The principle of the inverse grid and SuperPole will be dropped. Now, each meeting consist of two 30-minute qualifying sessions and two races of 44-minute plus one lap, with the exception of Monaco where one single race will be held, with a qualifying session and one race each day. The season now will consist of 17 qualifying sessions and races. During the Saturday, the cars will race in an "light-aerodynamic" configuration, which will be defined according to a development programme managed by Renault Sport Technologies.In addition, the F1 preparation programme, with in particular training at Enstone and the presence of the drivers at at least one F1 Grand Prix, will be repeated and improved in 2010. As in other years, the winner of Formula Renault 3.5 Series will also be given an F1 tryout.

Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 2010 will see the launch of New Formula Renault 2.0. In order to reduce costs, but also to give more impact to the National Championships, no driver will be able to participate in more than one Formula Renault 2.0 championship in 2010. In addition to this major series, a driver will be allowed to participate in two additional meetings in the Formula Renault 2.0 championships of his choice. The teams will however be able to enter a single car in several championships.A maximum of 32 single-seaters will be accepted in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, with a limit of four cars per team. During the selection of the teams, the Organizing committee will give priority ot teams which already have experience in Formula Renault 2.0, or in one of the other World Series by Renault classes. The format of the weekend will remain ostensibly the same, with two 40-minute collective testing session on the Friday, one qualifying session divided into two groups on the Saturday. Each driver's best time decides the line-up for race one, and second best gives their position on the grid in race two. The two races, one on Saturday and one on Sunday, will each last 25 minutes plus one lap.The winner of the Eurocup will receive a grant of ^a500,000 to finance participation in the 2011 World Series Formula Renault 3.5.

Eurocup Megane Trophy The format of the Eurocup Megane Trophy meetings will change, favouring the possibility of running two drivers in the same car. Also, two one-hour collective testing sessions will take place on Friday, then one 15-minute qualifying session and one race of 40-minutes plus 1 lap on the Saturday. The format will be the same, with another 15-minute qualifying session and one race of 40-minutes plus 1 lap on the Sunday. One driver may also participate in the Saturday and the other on Sunday. If more than five cars are lined up with two drivers, a specific class per pairing will be produced at the end of the meeting.The Eurocup Megane Trophy will only take part in seven of the eight World Series by Renault meetings.As a result of its success in the last two seasons, the Gentlemen Drivers class will be back in 2010.The winner of the Eurocup Megane Trophy will be offered a day of tryouts behind the wheel of Nissan GT-R GT1, through a partnership between Nissan Motorsport International end Renault Sport Technologies.

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