For­mula Re­nault NEC will con­tinue de­spite own­er­ship dis­agree­ment

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The fu­ture of the For­mula Re­nault North­ern Euro­pean Cup is not in jeop­ardy, de­spite a con­flict aris­ing over the own­er­ship of the cham­pi­onship.

The For­mula Re­nault NEC has been owned and or­gan­ised by Mick de Haas’s Mdh AG com­pany since it was formed in 2005 by a merger of the Ger­man and Dutch For­mula Re­nault cham­pi­onships.

How­ever, it is un­der­stood that Re­nault Sport Ger­many wants to have a con­trol­ling role in the way the cham­pi­onship is run. There will be a meet­ing in Ger­many this week to sort out the own­er­ship agree­ment, but both par­ties in­sist the cham­pi­onship will go ahead this year.

For­mula Re­nault NEC is ex­pected to have a grid into the mid-20s and en­try fees from many top teams have al­ready been taken.

De Haas said: “The tim­ing of th­ese talks is to­tally wrong, as our ini­tial en­try dead­line was the end of Jan­uary and we now find our­selves in this sit­u­a­tion. But re­gard­less of the out­come the cham­pi­onship will hap­pen this year and be­yond – I am 85 per cent cer­tain of that. The cir­cuits and dates are booked and the cal­en­dar is in place so we will race.”

Filippo Zanier, In­ter­na­tional sport­ing co­or­di­na­tor at Re­nault Sport Tech­nolo­gies said: “We share Mick de Haas’s view that the cham­pi­onship will go ahead. Ev­ery­thing is in place.”

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