Capacity Entry For `Best Ever' Formula Renault This year's Formula Renault UK Championship will boast the most competitive grid of drivers and teams in the series' history, with a capacity 36 entries having been received by organisers. Tim ...
Capacity Entry For `Best Ever' Formula Renault
This year's Formula Renault UK Championship will boast the most competitive grid of drivers and teams in the series' history, with a capacity 36 entries having been received by organisers.
Tim Jackson, Renault UK's Press & PR Director, commented: "We had capacity grids in 1990 and again in 1996, but in 2002 not only is there a surge of interest in our championship, the depth of driver ability is remarkable. I do not believe there is currently a better junior single-seater championship anywhere in the world."
Since new technical regulations were introduced in 2000 and the formula became a single-make, carbon fibre chassis category, numbers have always been high. Interest further increased when 2000 champion, Finland's Kimi Raikkonen, made the unprecedented leap to Formula One last season.
This year's grid is being acknowledged by many as the richest ever in depth of driver talent, with many of the young stars - each aiming one day to make it to F1 - either coming from world and European level karts or having chosen the Renault formula over Formula Ford or Formula 3. In total, nine nationalities are represented: Australia, Brazil, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan, Sweden, USA and Venezuela.
In addition, the championship's 13 teams - four of whom will each field four cars - are ranked among the highest in junior level single-seater racing. Three, Motaworld, Manor and Fortec, also have teams in British F3. Meanwhile, Mackie Motorsport, one of three new names in 2002, is the reigning junior Ford Zetec champion.
In total, 13 rounds will be held at 11 race meetings at the country's eight leading circuits: Brands Hatch, Thruxton, Oulton Park, Silverstone, Croft, Snetterton, Knockhill and Donington Park, where the season will climax with a double-race meeting on 21st/22nd September.
For the 10th consecutive year, the Formula Renault UK Championship is a permanent fixture on Britain's biggest motorsport package, the British Touring Car Championship's TOCA Tour, which also includes its sister series, the Elf Clio Renaultsport UK Cup.
For all the latest Formula Renault news visit the official Renault UK motorsport website www.renaultsport.co.uk