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News in brief… October 2020

A glimpse at other Renault Sport news from both the UK and elsewhere around the world…

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Winged Wonder

Renault Sport’s new Clio Cup race car has appeared with the hitherto missing final touch – a double rear wing – in its latest races in France and Spain.

The car, with the twin boot spoiler, had been set to race in a Clio Cup UK championship in 2020 – eventually postponed but which could take place in 2021.

 

This has left France, where the cars are built and neighbouring Spain to progress with their own championships with the car – effectively the fifth generation of Clio Cup racing model.

 

On its debut in France the wing had not yet materialised but in the most recent races at Paul Ricard as well at Clio Cup Spain’s opening rounds at Barcelona all cars had been fitted with the stylish aerofoil.

 

For enquiries about the new Clio Cup into the UK please contact importer R.Sport r_sport_uk@hotmail.com or tel 07733 330421.

Polley perfection at Mallory

The 750 Motor Club’s championship for Renault Sport’s older Clio 182 model (as raced in the UK Clio Cup from 2001-2006) will come down to a four-way title showdown at Silverstone on 14 November.

Defending Champion Ryan Polley bounced back from previous disappointments to win twice ahead of arch rival Scott Edgar at Mallory Park in the championship’s most recent rounds.

 

The pair are now effectively tied at the top of the table with other main protagonists Josh Lark and Simon Freeman, who also scored well at Mallory, still in with a realistic chance of the title.

 

View some fun clips here from the Mallory Park races.

 

Pic: © Jon Elsey / 750 Motor Club / NOT for reproduction

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Bonne Anniversaire, Monsieur Jabouille!

Happy Birthday to Renault Formula 1 legend Jean-Pierre Jabouille – 78 years young earlier this month (1 October).

Jabouille, nicknamed ‘Le Grand’, is the driver who led Renault into F1 in the late 1970s when it became the first manufacturer in the sport’s history to pioneer turbo-charging technology.

 

That was at Silverstone’s British GP in 1977 and two years later, in the summer of 1979, Jabouille gave Renault – and himself – a first victory, in, of all races, the French GP at Dijon.

 

Jabouille would win just once more for Renault, at the fabled Osterreichring in Austria in 1980 before departing the team at the end of that season.

 

He remains very much a part of Renault Sport’s DNA and was in fact reunited with his and Renault’s first F1 car, R.S.01, for a series of demonstration laps at 2017’s Monaco GP weekend.

Martins & Collet clear at the top

Martin won both the most recent races at Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya to open up a 16-point championship lead over Renault Sport Academy driver Collet who took two second places in the races.

These two are now comfortably clear of the rest, although mathematically a further 11 drivers could still be crowned Champion as we went to press, with 200 points still to be had from the remaining eight races at Spa-Francorchamps

(Belgium), Imola (Italy), Hockenheim (Germany) and Paul Ricard (France).

 

The ‘slicks and wings’ single-seater category, using a race-tuned version of the 1.8 engine in the New Mégane R.S., has a proud history of producing future F1 stars.

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