FR NEC OR­GAN­IS­ERS CON­FI­DENT FOR 2017

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For­mula Re­nault North­ern Euro­pean Cup or­gan­is­ers are con­fi­dent the se­ries can con­tinue to be suc­cess­ful next year, de­spite Re­nault Sport re­vamp­ing the Eurocup for 2017.

For next year the Eurocup will fea­ture more rounds and top driv­ers will re­ceive Re­nault Sport back­ing, but de­spite this Se­ries or­gan­iser Mick de Haas in­sists the NEC still can still prove pop­u­lar.

“We have more cars than the Eurocup at the mo­ment,” he said. “We had 25 cars at Assen ear­lier this month which can be a tricky track for us as they don’t know the cir­cuit as well.

“We have spo­ken to driv­ers and teams and they are very happy with our NEC pro­gramme and have com­mit­ted for next year. Our pro­gramme will be sim­i­lar to this year with seven events and two or three races per week­end.”

De Haas has, how­ever, ques­tioned plans to in­crease the num­ber of Eurocup rounds from seven to nine or 10, ar­gu­ing that driv­ers may be un­able to com­pete in both cham­pi­onships.

“We’ve had a con­ver­sa­tion with Re­nault Sport and think 10 rounds is too many,” he said. “The feed­back from teams is driv­ers have the bud­get for a dou­ble pro­gramme. But they wouldn’t have the bud­get for 17 events but would for 14.

“A lot of driv­ers want­ing to move up from For­mula 4 are find­ing Euro F3 is too ex­pen­sive [so For­mula Re­nault is a good op­tion].

“Seven­teen rounds would be too many so to me it would make sense to stick to the cur­rent pro­gramme [seven rounds for each se­ries] and the Eurocup can of­fer more to more ex­pe­ri­enced driv­ers [through the Re­nault Sport Academy]. It is too much of a step up for some driv­ers to do Eurocup in their first year.”

NEC can con­tinue along with re­vamped Eurocup

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