News in brief… September 2020

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

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Tight at the top in Eurocup

The 2020 Formula Renault Eurocup is turning into one of the closest on record with four different winners in the opening eight races…

Just two points separate France’s Victor Martins (pictured) and Brazil’s Ciao Collet (also a Renault Sport Academy driver) at the top of the table after they took a win a piece in the latest two rounds at Magny-Cours, France.


Martins’ win at Magny-Cours was his third in four races and these have helped elevate him to the top of the table after a relatively slow start to his campaign.


Spain’s David Vidales and Argentina’s Franco Colapinto, the season’s other two winners to date, are next up followed by Briton Alex Quinn in fifth.


Twelve rounds still remain at six different venues – the next being Zandvoort, Holland on 25-26 September.


The Eurocup is famed for producing future F1 stars; current McLaren-Renault driver Llando Norris is amongst its most recent title winners (2016).


The championship, this year celebrating its 30th anniversary, uses identical Formula Renault chassis powered by race-tuned versions of the 1.8 turbocharged engine found in the New Mégane R.S.

Watch footage of all the Formula Renault Eurocup action so far in 2020.

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Four for 182 title

It’s all change at the top of the 750 Motor Club’s Clio 182 race championship with four different drivers in the title hunt after the mid-way point of the 2020 season.

Reigning Champion Ryan Polley looked to be on course to make it back-to-back crowns after winning the first three rounds but then things suddenly changed.


Scott Edgar pipped Polley to victory in round four at Brands Hatch before he responded with win number four in the first of two races at Oulton Park.


In the second race there, though, he retired as Josh Larkin took the win ahead of Simon Freeman and Edgar who now leads the standings.


Just 33 points cover these four at the top of the table with a possible maximum of 144 still to be had in the final four races at Mallory Park (4 Oct) and Silverstone (14 Nov).


Clio 182 image © Jon Elsey/750MC

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Having a Riot

The Renault DP World F1 Team has launched its own version of the ‘Rotor Riot’ game controller that can be connected to Apple iOS mobile devices.

Rotor Riot, developed by T2M, LLC, is the only Apple certified Lightning™ connected controller with clickable thumb sticks.


The controller, compatible with all iOS devices with a Lightning™ connection and using iOS 7or later, also comes with a ‘zero-gravity arm’ to securely hold devices in place when users are playing games. 


The team’s F1 driver Esteban Ocon is a keen video gamer. He said: “The product is very nice and easy to use. I like all sorts of gaming when I’m not racing as it’s a great way to unwind and relax. This is a fantastic and quick alternative for gaming on the go and something I very much enjoyed using.”

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Academy’s Piastri crowned F3 Champion

Renault Sport Academy driver Oscar Piastri was crowned the 2020 FIA Formula 3 Champion during F1’s Tuscan GP weekend at Mugello, Italy.

Oscar, aged 19, becomes the first Australian to win the F3 title having also won last year’s Formula Renault Eurocup championship.


His achievements in 2020 have included two wins and four further podium results.


Renault Sport Academy Director Mia Sharizman said: “Oscar has been the most consistent driver in the field this year and a hugely level-headed driver. These qualities will stand him well for the senior championships.


“It’s been tough for him not having parents in Europe for the whole year and he has put his trust entirely in us and his management. For the RSA it shows that the programme is strong. Let’s enjoy this.”

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