Formula Renault Northern European series (NECUP) to end after 13 years amid single-seater shake up

The series organisers of the Formula Renault Northern European Cup have decided not to continue the series in 2019.

Main factor in this decision is the seriously declining interest from young drivers. Teams are struggling to fill seats and as a result over the past three years we have seen a serious decline in new talent coming to the various formula series. The NEC – which had planned to continue into 2019 under the new name FormulaNEC, with the well proven Formula Renault 2.0, Tatuus-build car – will now close down after an illustrious 13-year history.

The series was formed in 2005 as an amalgamation of the German and Dutch Formula Renault national series. It gradually developed as a perfect and affordable step on the formula ladder. In that time it garnered a reputation for offering an instructive, cost effective and race proven package.

Many top formula teams and many young talented drivers have competed in the NEC.

To name a few: Valtery Bottas, Stoffel van Doorne, Lando Norris, Carlos Sainz Jr. Daniil Kvyat, Sebastian Buemi and Antonio Felix da Costa.

Mick de Haas – series organizer and promotor:

“We are very sorry to have to stop the series at this point.

The ill-conceived FIA plans for the future of Formula racing has meant that over the past three years we have seen a serious decline in the young drivers market. The costs are far too high for individual drivers and the market place is too fragmented. There is now no more room for a very effective and competitive single seater concept like formula Renault 2.0. Yet it has helped many young drivers over the past two decades to the top.”

“I would like to thank Renault and their suppliers, the teams that have competed in the NEC, the circuits and all the people that have worked with and for the NEC over the past 13 years.”