Formula Renault Northern European Cup champions R-ace GP are looking for a repeat success in 2018 and underlined their belief in the potential of Formula Renault to develop the next generation of motorsport stars.
The French outfit also tasted success in the Formula Renault Eurocup as Teams’ champions alongside Michael Benyahia’s title-winning season in the NEC.
With 11 podium finishes and 3 race victories over the course of the season across their driving quartet of Gilles Magnus, Théo Coicaud, Charles Milesi and Benyahia, the team have marked themselves as the outfit to beat in 2018.
Indeed, the championship battle eventually boiled down to a straight fight between the two R-ace GP-run cars of Benyahia and Magnus, with the former edging out his rival in the final round to claim the honours.
The championship stands as a recognised step on the ladder for aspiring Formula 1 and professional drivers, with past successes including Renault Sport Formula One Team driver Carlos Sainz Jr, Mercedes race-winner Valtteri Bottas and the Season Two Formula E champion, Sebastien Buemi.
“It was good to win the championship, we were happy to be able to bring drivers from F4, even from karting in the case of Charles Milesi,” commented Team Principal, Thibaut de Merindol.
“We joined the NEC because we believe it’s the best platform to prepare drivers for the Eurocup.
“I’m strongly convinced that the Formula Renault is a good car for drivers to learn in, even those coming from karting, it’s a good first step especially with the possibility to test as much as you want, because there’s no private testing ban which we have in the Eurocup – that’s why we encourage the young drivers who need the maximum mileage in testing instead of racing to enter the NEC championship.”
The team are set to continue their four-car assault on both championships next season, and de Merindol paid tribute to the staff and driving talent at R-ace GP for delivering a successful season for the team.
“The plan for next season is the same as this year, to enter four cars into the NEC and the same amount in the Eurocup, so we’re going to stick with that.
“I have to say that it’s been a very good season for R-ace GP this year, we have to hope to continue or better this in 2018. It’s been a great season for all the guys – engineers, mechanics, everyone but also it’s due to the drivers, I think we were happy and lucky this year to have very good driver line-ups in both championships.”
Drivers interested in making contact with R-ace GP about opportunities to further their career in 2018 can do so through the dedicated section on the official championship website, www.necup.com.