THE FORMULA RENAULT UK championship for 2012 has been “suspended” due to low entry numbers.
In a shock decision the championship organisers have cancelled the BTCC support series because, with just two weeks until the opening round at Brands Hatch, only six cars had registered to participate.
“This is the most sensible decision for all concerned”, said Renault UK Managing Director Thierry Sybord. “Initially there is a feeling of shock that this prestigious series will not take place this year but, upon reflection, trying to run the Formula Renault UK Championship in its current state is unacceptable for the drivers, teams, sponsors, suppliers and, of course, the spectators.”
The championship, which began in 1989 and has served as a proving ground for many young F1 hopefuls including Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton, will attempt to return in 2013 with a full grid of cars.
The six drivers signed up for 2012 will be likely be able to race their cars in the Northern European championship instead. The Renault Clio Cup will continue with a 24-car strong grid.
Related: Britain’s F1 Future