Will Palmer back with R-ace GP for 2017 Eurocup title charge

Will Palmer (centre) remains with R-ace GP into 2017 - Credit: Gregory Lenormand / DPPI

Will Palmer will remain in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championship for a second season after agreeing to remain with the R-ace GP squad that he took his maiden victory in the category in 2016.

The 2015 BRDC Formula 4 champion stepped up into 2.0-litre Renault machinery in 2016 and took a maiden podium finish as part of a British-driver 1-2-3 at the Paul Ricard in France before capitalising on a collision between Lando Norris and Max Defourny to take the victory at Estoril.

Palmer, who was the 2015 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner and took part in a test in a McLaren Grand Prix car at Silverstone at the end of the season, is now eyeing up a title challenge in 2017 in an expanded championship that takes in a number of Formula 1 tracks.

“I’m delighted to be staying with R-Ace GP for a second season in Formula Renault Eurocup for 2017,” said Palmer. “I’ve learnt a huge amount in my first year racing in Europe, and after a strong end to the year as well as a very promising post season testing program, I’m very confident of fighting for the title next year.

“I worked well with R-Ace GP this year and I have absolute confidence in everyone in the team to give me the best opportunity possible to deliver next year.

“It is also exciting to see the Formula Renault Eurocup being expanded for next year. There will be ten rounds, which will include all European Formula 1 tracks, including Monaco once again which I am massively looking forward to already. There are also some new teams joining the series so I am sure it will be a very competitive year for the championship.”