FR NEC can­celled as or­gan­iser slams FIA

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The For­mula Re­nault NEC se­ries has been can­celled for 2019 with se­ries or­gan­is­ers slam­ming FIA changes to the sin­gle-seater lad­der.

The cat­e­gory, for two-litre-re­nault pow­ered Tatuus cars, used to thrive along­side the Eurocup and ALPS se­ries. It had a suc­ces­sion of il­lus­tri­ous cham­pi­ons in­clud­ing For­mula 1 driv­ers Valt­teri Bot­tas, Car­los Sainz Jr and Lando Nor­ris.

But in re­cent years it has strug­gled with des­per­ately low grids af­ter Re­nault de­cided to put its full weight be­hind the Eurocup, in­creas­ing its num­ber of rounds and vis­it­ing more F1 tracks.

The cat­e­gory was set for a boost for 2019 with the Eurocup in­tro­duc­ing a new Re­gional F3-spec car leav­ing the NEC as the sole se­ries for the older For­mula Re­nault ma­chines.

How­ever, that has not proved enough to save the se­ries.

Its pro­moter, Mick de Haas, said: “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.”

Grid num­bers have dropped re­cently

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