Renault Sport Technologies To Launch Two Single Make Rally Championships in 2012
The new Renault Twingo trophies will focus on on both close competiton as well as providing the opportunity for drivers to progree through categories in Renault rally cars.Published 6 July 2011
Starting next year, Renault Sport Technologies will launch two single make rally championships. The UK Twingo R1 and R2 Trophies will be running alongside the MSA British Rally Championship, follow the events across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.
Renault is unique in being the only manufacturer to have a car homologated in each of the three FIA two wheel drive classes.
The new Renault Twingo trophies will focus on on both close competition as well as providing the opportunity for drivers to progress through categories in Renault rally cars.
The Twingo Trophy cars will be based on the Renault Twingo Renaultsport 133hp, and will come in the form of motorsport kits, will all required parts.
Cars from the Twingo R1 Trophy can participate in all regional, national and international rallies, and are based on the production car, with essential safety equipment fitted, The Renault Twingo R1's 133h- 1.6 litre engine and gearbox are identical to the production model.
Spares and technical support for R1, R2 and R3 Renaults will be provided by the Trophy organisers on all rounds of the UK Trophies, with a Renault Village in the service areas.
The prize will most likely be parts vouchers on each event, plus overall prizes for each of the Twingo R1 Trophy, Twingo R2 Trophy and for the highest placed Clio R3 driver registered in the MSA British Rally Championship.
The overall prizes will support the progression from R1 to IRC, with each winner being helped to move forward in their rally careers. Prices for kits and parts are yet to be confirmed, but will keep in line with European price lists, as Italy, Spain and Switzerland all have Renault one make rally series.
Renault Sport Technologies' CEO, Patrice Ratti said: "Renault Sport Technologies intensifies its presence in UK rallying and the creation of a Trophy for Twingo in R1 and R2 categories makes me very happy. The remarkable road holding abilities of Twingo Renaultsport 133 will help young rally drivers to compete in a national championship, at an affordable price. This new trophy will reinforce the image of Renaultsport cars in the UK market which is extremely important for our brand and where Renault Sport Technologies has been enjoying a constant growth in the recent years."