Hockenheimring chosen to host pre-season testing and Media Day

Hockenheimring has been chosen as the official venue for the 2018 Formula Renault Northern European Cup pre-season testing and Media Day.

Two days of running are scheduled at the Baden-Württemberg venue on 14-15 March 2018 alongside the Formula Renault Eurocup, further strengthening the relationship between the two championships and cementing the strength of the Renault Sport Racing junior single-seater ladder.

Each day will feature over three hours of scheduled track time, with Wednesday 14th March designated as the championship’s official Media Day. Press releases and social media showcasing the series’ latest talents and striking liveries are set to build anticipation ahead of the season opener at Zandvoort in April.

Teams will have the perfect opportunity to prepare for the six-event calendar which takes in several iconic circuits, including the Autodrome Nazionale Monza, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and a support slot at the iconic Pau Grand Prix before returning to Hockenheim for the season finale in early October.

The 2.0 litre, Tatuus-manufactured Formula Renault car is often praised for its potential in terms of developing a driver’s knowledge of setup and aerodynamics and provides a perfect introduction to international motorsport.

The NEC has a strong background in producing the next generation of motorsport talent, with graduates including current Renault Sport Formula One Team driver Carlos Sainz Jr., Renault e.dams driver and Formula E champion Sebastien Buemi and a host of other top-line professionals including Valtteri Bottas, Daniil Kvyat, Antonio Felix da Costa and Stoffel Vandoorne.

The opening rounds of the new season are scheduled to take place at Circuit Zandvoort in the Netherlands over the weekend of April 26-28, 2018.

Jurgen Evers, Series Manager said, “We’re delighted to be able to confirm our 2018 season will get underway at the Hockenheimring with two days of official pre-season testing and our Media Day to kick off the new campaign.

“I’m equally pleased we’ll be sharing the venue with the Formula Renault Eurocup. This re-inforces the positive relationship between the two championships, as well as giving our drivers an opportunity to assess both the competition and a potential next step in their motorsport careers.

We have plenty more news to come in the following weeks, and everything is falling into place nicely ahead of the opening rounds at Zandvoort in April.”