Renault UK and Renault Sport Technologies have taken the difficult decision to postpone running the CERTINA Formula Renault UK Championship this season due to the low number of entries.
With six cars registered and just two weeks to go to the opening round supporting the British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch, organisers have decided to suspend this year’s championship and divert all efforts towards returning the championship to full health in 2013.
“This is the most sensible decision for all concerned”, said Renault UK Managing Director Thierry Sybord upon hearing the news. “Initially there is a feeling of shock that this prestigious series will not take place this year but, upon reflection, trying to run the Formula Renault UK Championship in its current state is unacceptable for the drivers, teams, sponsors, suppliers and, of course, the spectators.”
It is anticipated that the six drivers registered for the UK championship will have the opportunity to race their Formula Renault 2.0 cars across the English Channel in the Northern European Cup series.
Formula Renault UK has run continuously since 1989 when it was introduced by the British Automobile Racing Club. Renault UK came on board in 1990 and the championship flourished producing a number of front-running Formula One drivers among them world champions Kimi Räikkönen and Lewis Hamilton. Multiple World Touring Car Champion, Andy Priaulx, and BTCC’s own Jason Plato are also Formula Renault “old boys”.
Whilst Formula Renault UK will have a year’s sabbatical, the Air Asia Renault UK Clio Cup will continue to run according to its published calendar. The Clio Cup is looking strong this year with 24 registered drivers.
It's not yet certain what will replace Formula Renault on the BTCC support bill, More news as we get it.