Formula Renault Silverstone

The weekend for starters is free access to all.Just ask for tickets and they will be sent to you, then all you need to do is fill up your car, and your wallet, because by the time you return home, they’ll both be empty.

As a weekend of sport goes, with 6 series running on track there is little time to get away from your seat to wonder round the Renault Roadshow of new, classic, trucks, vans, rally and sport cars. However if you can peel yourself away from the constant barrage of noise, the Renault circus awaiting you does not disappoint. Driving Demo’s, driving experiences, full size simulators of F1-2011, Clio Cup simulators, Photo’s in an F1 car, free posters, merchandise stands, beer stands, ice-cream vans.

When the silence does eventually dull down for an hour each day, the pit lane gates crash open and throngs of people invade the hallowed ground. Pit wall are abandoned and barriers are erected to hold back the hordes of autograph and memento hunters. Several drivers are happy to sit and sign endless autographs for countless fans including young stars such as Ricciardo, Vergne, Hartley, Rossi, and Wickens.

As weekends go, this beats 3 hours of F1 and an hour of interviews on my 19” TV; from 9 am to gone 6pm on Sunday, the great Silverstone track was alive with noise, action and burning rubber.

Clio Cup/Cross Channel Challenge
Dutch Clio’s crossed the channel to race their British counterparts and where found wanting as the Brits held two of the top three podium positions as fierce wheel to wheel battles raged up and down the field.

Formula Renault 2.0 UK
Hosting a young dozen of Drivers, both male and female, majoritively British, a national series that allows young chargers the chance to hone skills; before graduating to the Euro series.

Formula Renault 2.0 Euro
With use of the same car and engine as the UK series this larger grid has a representative from most competitive nations across the globe, but was lost in amongst the running of a UK series and its big-brother 3.5 series running more established drivers. Given that, the racing; if you cared to watch, showed drivers of sublime skill and consistency with only 2 years of full size racing behind them.

Formula Renault 3.5
By far the Jewel in the crown of the weekend. The Dallara chassis and Renault engine equalises the entire grid allowing true skill and knowledge of set up to shine. It’s no surprise that Wickens’ and the Red Bull duo are consistently ahead of the field, the big surprise of 2011 is Alex Rossi, who as a rookie to the series is constantly hounding and mixing it with these leading three.

Megane Trophy
The surprise of the weekend. How such a lumbering crate of a car, built more for off road rallying can become sleeked down fitted with a 3.5 series engine and tune into a true blue hot hatch complete with rear wing and began to look like the most exciting car on track, and best looking car off track.