The 2017 season of the Formula Renault Northern European Cup proved to be a transitional phase for the series under a new Renault Sport strategy, but a strong entry list for the finale at Hockenheim is set to build momentum organisers expect to continue in 2018.
The championship – commonly regarded as a key step on the ladder for aspiring Formula 1 and professional racing drivers – has enjoyed a hugely successful 12-year lifespan thus far and is also set to offer a package even further tailored to supporting this learning curve.
Races will continue to be contested on world-famous circuits including Hockenheim, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Nürburgring and a return to the UK at Silverstone after a year hiatus. Organisers remain in talks to fill the rest of the six-event calendar with exciting Formula 1 and Formula 3 level circuits.
The series features 2.0 litre Renault-engined cars with a single-make chassis manufactured by Tatuus, runs to the same specifications and regulations as the Formula Renault Eurocup – a strategy designed to prepare drivers to achieve the best results in a Formula Renault car.
Progression between the two series has been strengthened further for 2018 with an amendment to the weekend format for the FR NEC to mimic that of the Eurocup. Weekends will now consist of two 30 minute practice sessions, before a 15 minute qualifying session in the morning and a 30 minute plus 1 lap race – one on each day of the weekend.
Competitors are also permitted to contest rounds of the Formula Renault Eurocup as a ‘wildcard entry’, and vice versa Eurocup competitors are entitled to compete in a maximum of three NEC meetings, making an extended campaign within both championships simple and hassle-free.
In-season testing will remain free for all NEC entries to encourage the development of both drivers and their machinery, as well as giving them the best possible chance to prepare for each race weekend.
Interested parties can make contact with any of our experienced and technically well-equipped teams through the official championship website, www.necup.com.
Alternatively, please contact Series Manager Jurgen Evers on firstname.lastname@example.org, or +32 495 25 20 59.
Tarik Ait Said – Renault Sport Racing – Sporting Manager:
“After a season repositioning the North European Championship in line with Renault Sport Racing’s strategy, we are confident that 2018 will be a strong year for the series. With Renault Sport Racing’s support and no doubt benefiting from the success of the Eurocup this year, the NEC will confirm its place in 2018 as the first step a driver should take in his or her career.”
Mick de Haas – NEC series promoter:
“I am very pleased that we can announce the 2018 season so much earlier than last year and we hope to finalize the calendar in due course. At the same time I am grateful to all the teams that remained committed to the NEC in this transition year. Early interest indicates that next year can be a good year for the NEC.”