Renault to end RS01 Sports Trophy series after 2016

Renault will end its one-make Sports Trophy series for the RS01 at the end of 2016 after just two seasons

Renault to end RS01 Sports Trophy series after 2016

The cars are expected to continue racing in GT series, having already won in Creventic 24 Hour Series and GT Open events, but will no longer have their own standalone championship.

"Always in total agreement about the intrinsic qualities of the Renault Sport RS01, the Renault Sport Trophy competitors were provided a prestigious showcase in an extremely competitive discipline," said a Renault Sport statement.

"After two seasons, the Renault Sport Trophy cedes its role as a starting point in order to allow the Renault Sport RS01 to take part in other championships, most notably with the help of a GT3 kit developed by Renault Sport Racing in partnership with the promoters.

"The Renault Sport RS01 could thus compete in the 24 Hour Series, VdeV, Blancpain Clubsport, GT Open, etc."

Autosport races in the Renault Sport Trophy

The RST joined what was then Formula Renault 3.5 and the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup as part of the World Series by Renault package in 2015, and took joint headline status alongside the Eurocup this year after Renault dropped its backing for FR3.5 (now Formula V8 3.5).

Andrea Pizzitola narrowly claimed the Elite class title - for professional drivers - ahead of fellow ex-single-seater racer Steijn Schothorst in the inaugural season in 2015.

Schothorst's elder brother, Pieter, leads the 2016 Pro class title chase heading into this weekend's Estoril finale by 30 points from sometime Lotus (Renault) F1 test driver Kevin Korjus.

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