The country’s leading junior single-seater championship, the CERTINA Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship, that has launched the Formula 1 racing careers of Lewis Hamilton, Paul Di Resta, and Kimi Raikkonen to name a few is raising the curtain to the new Renault GP Cup.
The main stages will be set to host the three-round Renault GP Cup taking place as astand-alone class in the final three events of the CERTINA Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship.
The Renault GP Cup will be the new born ‘Junior’ class utilising the Tatuus (pre 2010 chassis) Formula Renault cars currently raced in the BARC series, albeit with an engine restrictor.
The exciting ‘mini’ championship, to be held on the UK’s premier circuits, has been born from the union of organisers SRO (Stephane Ratel Organisation) and theProtyre Formula Renault BARC Championship. Working together with the teams and the British Automobile Racing Club, the Renault GP Cup will give drivers an extra opportunity to race on a bigger stage featuring television coverage on the ITV network.
BARC and CERTINA Formula Renault 2.0 UK team principles are in full support of the new Renault GP Cup, wholeheartedly agreeing that its introduction is a good step forward allowing drivers to gain good experience at an acceptable budget.
The Renault GP Cup will only be available to competitors already registered for the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship who will be eligible to enter their ‘BARC’ specification Formula Renault 2.0 cars in the UK championship races.
As a stand alone entity the Renault GP Cup will not form part of the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship despite two rounds taking place while the season is still in progress.
An esteemed opportunity awaits entrants who will be able to compete on prestigious Grand Prix tracks including the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit, Brands Hatch Grand Prix and Rockingham ISSC.
Supporting two of the UK’s most popular and largest attended championships, British Formula 3 and the British Touring Car Championship, competitors can enjoy huge trackside crowds and high quality live free-to-air television coverage at Silverstone and Brands Hatch.
With such an achievable budget, a national audience and a chance to race alongside single-seater stars on historic circuits, the wings will be full of aspiring young guns wanting to jump at the opportunity and on to the grid.
The CERTINA Formula Renault 2.0 UK championship grid is growing everyday as the season rapidly approaches. Recently announced signings by reigning championship winning team Fortec, are British Formula Ford star Dan de Zille and InterSteps champion Jake Dennis.
After strong outings in the 2011 Final Series with the team, Dan de Zille, the British Formula Ford podium regular has opted to switch to a ‘winged’ car series in 2012. Dan has gained a wealth of experience in single seaters andtin-tops, winning four Aston Martin GT4 races. The 25-year-old also finishedfirst in class and second overall in the Britcar 24 Hour Race in 2011.
Racing Steps Foundation backed Jake Dennis graduates from a phenomenal maiden season in racing cars, taking victory in eight races en route to the Drivers’ Title, winning by nearly 70 points. 16-year-old Jake went on to compete in the Formula Renault UK Final Series recording some strong finishes and is now ready to make the move up with Team Champions Fortec.
Another breath-taking season is nearly upon us as the single seater championship gathers speed and the addition of the Renault GP Cup offers yet another springboard for young aspiring Formula 1 drivers to take to the grid.
The Renault GP Cup Championship will commence on 8th/9th September at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit (supporting British Formula 3), on 22nd/23rd September at Rockingham and 20th/21st October at Brands Hatch (both supporting the British Touring Car Championship).
Testing for the CERTINA Formula Renault 2.0 UK championship breaks cover at Donington Park on 1st March with the first race at Brands Hatch on the weekend of the 31st March – 1st April.
A full set of timing results and championship standings can be found here: www.tsl-timing.com
For further information: http://www.renaultsport.co.uk/championships/formularenaultuk/Default.aspx
Press images of the championship can be downloaded from: www.jakobebrey.com/renault