Renault Sport Technologies has announced that the Stephane Ratel Organisation [SRO] will take over from Grovewood Sport Ltd as promoter of the Michelin Formula Renault and Clio Cup with Michelin series in the UK from 1 January 2011, .
The two national championships will be run from SRO's London office and managed by experienced organiser Lisa Crampton, alongside her responsibilities for the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series and Avon Tyres British GT Championship. Both one-make series will continue to run as prominent support races to the British Touring Car Championship, while Formula Renault will also feature at next year's World Series by Renault meeting at Silverstone in August. Clio Cup UK will retain a 16-round calendar as previously announced. Championship co-ordinator Pauline Platts will continue in her role having been appointed by SRO to ensure a smooth transition.
“SRO is delighted to have been appointed to take over the running of two of Britain's most prestigious and successful national championships,” commented chairman Stephane Ratel, “We are well aware of Renault's heritage in British motorsport, stretching back to the 1970s, and SRO will continue working hard to enhance the standing of its championships.
"I believe our appointment will be very good news for aspiring young drivers. We will be able to open doors for progression as already seen with the Formula Renault 3.5 Series tests for F3 leaders, and F3 tests the Formula Renault 2.0 UK drivers recently enjoyed.”
Grovewood MD Simon North, meanwhile, explained that a change of focus for his business had prompted the switch to SRO.
“Although we have enjoyed three hugely successful years as promoter and have had a great working relationship with Renault, I have decided to fully concentrate in future on our public relations and media work for our clients," he noted, "Over the past three years, I have had wonderful support from TOCA, BARC, our close-knit organising team plus the teams and drivers of all the Renault championships and I want to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you.”