Just weeks after announcing a new deal to stay on the BTCC support race package for at least another three years, Renault Sport are today announcing more good news, with its decision to increase the size of its Michelin Formula Renault UK Winter Series

Usually run over four rounds, the 2010 Winter Series is to be expanded to six rounds, as a way of helping prospective drivers in securing the licenses needed to step-up to the national UK championship.

The series will begin at Snetterton in Norfolk, with two races run on Saturday 6th November. The series will then move onto Pembrey circuit, with two double headers taking place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th November.

The format will see one combined qualifying session followed by two races on each day. In addition to this, the two circuits are providing semi exclusive test days on the Friday before the racing, allowing teams and drivers preparation time before the racing.

Commenting on the announcement, Championship Promoter Simon North said: “We're very excited about our plans for this year's Winter Series and to be able to announce the dates to teams and drivers. It's hoped that by increasing the number of rounds it will help new drivers to collect the six signatures they need in order to upgrade their licence from a National B to National A as required to make the step-up into the UK series and on to the TOCA package.”

He added: “Whilst Renault Sport UK is not holding a Winter Cup for Clio competitors, there will be open saloon-car challenge races at Pembrey circuit on the 13th and 14th November which prospective 2011 Clio Cup drivers can take part in to try the one-make car in preparation for next season.”

Former champions of the Winter Series include 2008 winner James Calado and 2009 winner Harry Tincknell, who is competing in the main series this year with CRS Racing. History was made in the 2009 series, when Fortec Motorsport's Tom Blomqvist became the youngest ever Formula Renault UK race winner at the age of just 15.