The Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup is already gathering strong entries ahead of the season start in mid-April. Once more the Renault Sport-backed series will present one of the best junior fields in Europe.
R-Ace GP has confirmed four entries, with a fifth under consideration for the French squad. Two French dri-vers join them: Charles Milesi steps in straight from karting, while Théo Coicaud has been a podium finisher in the French F4 Championship. Third driver is Michael Benyahia, also a podium finisher in the French F4 – he also demonstrated the FIA Formula E car ahead of the all-electric races in his home country, Morocco. Finally, the vice-champion of France’s F4 series, Gilles Magnus, will represent Belgium.
Polish racer Bartek Mirecki will return with his small family-run BM Motorsport team. The youngster showed good pace last year and will search for his first podiums – and victories – in the 2017 season. Also returning for a second season is German driver Laurents Hörr with Dutt Motorsport. Hörr will not be alone for the whole season, as Dutt Motorsport will enter a second car at selected events with a young German karting star slated to join the squad.
Crack Formula Renault team Fortec Motorsport are once again looking to enter multiple cars, and several teams present in the Formula Renault Eurocup have requested entries for some of the major NEC events: Mon-za, Assen and the back-to-back trips to Nürburgring and Hockenheim. It is also expected that entrants from the VdeV Formula Renault series will join the NEC field in Spa, and their ‘home event’ at Paul Ricard.
With several months to go, the signs are that Formula Renault 2.0 NEC will once again be the place to be for junior drivers in Europe with aspirations to race in the F1 one day.
Jurgen Evers, Formula Renault 2.0 NEC Series Co-ordinator:
“I’m extremely pleased to see so many entries already, and we expect more in the coming weeks. Drivers and teams know that the level here is always high, and that the calendar is as good as it gets at this level of racing. I look forward to welcoming our regular teams, as well as newcomers, to our paddock. It’s really looking like an excellent season.”