Renault Sport Technologies is proud to announce the launch of the Eurocup Clio in 2011. A total of 48 Clio Cups will take part in four World Series by Renault meetings with two races per weekend. The overall champion will be offered a test in Mégane Trophy, as well as Ä60,000 towards participating in Eurocup Mégane Trophy or Formula Renault championship in 2012. Furthermore, in addition to Formula Renault 2.0 UK and Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup, a new championship, ALPS Formula Renault 2.0, a result of the fusion of the Italian and Swiss championships and open to New Renault 2.0, will also be launched in 2011.
The Clio Cup Interseries event at Septemberís Hockenheim meeting proved a great success, with 34 Clio Cups lining up for two spectacular races. This trial run will now become a regular fixture in 2011 with the launch of Eurocup Clio as part of the World Series by Renault.
Open only to drivers competing in national Clio Cup championships, the Eurocup Clio 2011 will bring together a maximum of 48 competitors selected by the promoters of each Clio Cup national championship. In addition to the championship, there will be a title for the best Junior Driver (under-25s) and the best Gentleman Driver (over-40s). The best country will also receive recognition based on the championship standings of the three best drivers from each country.
The overall winner and the best junior driver will be invited by Renault Sport Technologies to take part in a tests in Mégane Trophy as part of a day of testing at the end of the 2011 season. The winner of the Eurocup Clio 2011 will receive a grant of Ä60,000 towards competing in Eurocup Mégane Trophy or a Formula Renault 2.0 championship in 2012, while the best Junior will be rewarded with the payment of their race fees for the 2012 season.
Four meetings are scheduled to take part in 2011 under World Series by Renault banner. Eurocup Clio 2011 is due for launch in Belgium at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit on April 30-May 1. Next stop will be Germany and the Nürburgring circuit on June 18-19, followed by Franceís Paul Ricard HTTT on September 17-18. The last meeting will be part of the programme for final round of the World Series by Renault held at Spainís Catalunya circuit on October 8-9.
The format for the meetings will consist of two 30-minute collective testing sessions on each Friday. The qualifying sessions, lasting 30 minutes each, will be held on the Saturday. The line-up for race one and race two will be decided by each driverís best and second-best time respectively. Each race will last 25 minutes.
In addition to the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, Formula Renault 2.0 UK and Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup, a new championship using the new version of Formula Renault 2.0 gets underway in 2011. A result of the fusion of the Italian and Swiss Formula Renault 2.0 championships, the ALPS Formula Renault 2.0 takes to the track in 2011. Run by Swiss and Italian Formula Renault 2.0 promoters, André Hefti and Domenico Porfiri, this series completes the already impressive list of national championships flying the Renault Sport Technologies flag.
At the end of the year, depending on the make-up of the field, up to three drivers will be invited for testing in a Formula Renault 3.5. To mark the official launch of ALPS Formula Renault 2.0, a presentation day for Formula Renault 2.0 2010 has been organized for November 4 at Italyís Franciacorta circuit.