Swiss outfit Scorace Team will make their Formula Renault Northern European Cup debut in 2018 after announcing they will enter the series with Lotus Cup Europe racer Sharon Scolari.
The 23-year old impressed in the premier category of Lotus racing on the continent last season, taking nine victories in the Open category and narrowly missing out on the title at the Le Mans finale.
Nevertheless, a hat-trick of victories at Paul Ricard and further clean sweeps at Brands Hatch and the Nurburgring – at which she set a new lap record for the category – have marked her out as one of Switzerland’s brightest emerging talents.
She will look to emulate compatriot Sebastien Buemi in using the NEC’s established platform to further her ambition of forging a career in professional motorsport.
Scolari also has three years of experience in the highly-competitive Legends category for 5/8 scale racing machines based on pre-war Dodge, Ford and Chevrolet models, taking the Rookie title in 2013 in the Italian series.
A stint in the Lotus Cup Italia preceeded her move to European competition, giving her a broad range of experience to draw upon in her debut campaign of single-seater competition.
The NEC – which this year will take in a number of Europe’s most iconic, FIA Grade I venues in Autodrome Nazionale Monza, Spa-Francorchamps, the Hungaroring and a support slot at the iconic Pau Grand Prix – recently confirmed pre-season testing will get underway at the Hockenheimring on March 14-15.
Sharon Scolari said, “After nine seasons spent participating in a wide range of championships around Europe, I feel ready to make the jump into the Formula Renault category.
“We looked at several championships but the NEC was the one we decided was the perfect fit for us. I’m keen to race in a championship where everyone uses the same machinery, on equal terms.
“I’m aware this season is largely going to be a learning curve for both myself and the team. However, I’m hopeful we’ll be able to get up to speed with the car quickly enough to be fighting for silverware by the second half of the season, at least!
“These cars have always fascinated me a lot and in this phase of my career, I’m keen to race something with equal performance, placing the emphasis on driver ability. I like that with these cars, the drivers are the ones who make the difference.
“Renault Sport is undoubtedly where my passion for motorsport started. I used to follow my father who raced a Renault Sport Spider at various circuits – I even drive the new Clio RS Trophy on the roads away from racing!
“This passion for the Renault Sport brand has done nothing but grow within me for years, particularly because of its presence on the motorsport ladder from Formula Renault right through to Formula 1.
“I like the opportunity for development the NEC affords and the continuity of that once a driver graduates to the Formula Renault Eurocup, underneath the same brand. We’re very fortunate as drivers to have this opportunity, and it’s very important.”