Renault adds former F1 junior to esports roster

Esports | April 21st, 2019

A former Renault Formula 1 junior driver has joined the team’s roster for the third F1 Esports season, it has been announced.

Dutch racer Jarno Opmeer originally joined the Renault Sport Academy in 2017, on the heels of finishing runner-up to compatriot Richard Verschoor in the SMP Formula 4 series.

Opmeer won seven races in the 21-race SMP F4 campaign, and picked up five podiums in six outings in the Spanish F4 series.

Moving up to two-litre Formula Renault as a Renault junior, Opmeer finished 15th in the Eurocup series’ standings and scored a podium finish in a guest outing in the NEC series at Assen. He was not retained by the French manufacturer at the end of year.

Alongside a pair of outings in the Eurocup last year, the 19-year-old Dutchman has been a regular on the competitive scene for Codemasters’ official F1 video game, competing in the Apex Online Racing league on the Sony PlayStation 4.

Re-joining Renault, which is partnered with established French esports organisation Team Vitality, Opmeer will line up alongside Cedric Thome, who had been a finalist in the inaugural F1 Esports Series in 2017.

James Doherty, who has part of Renault’s 2018 driver line-up, has been named as the team’s coach for season three.

Renault will add a third driver to its F1 Esports roster in the Pro Draft, which is scheduled for July, while the campaign itself is set to take place between September and December across four events.

The series’ reigning champion Brendon Leigh is making his single-seater racing debut this weekend at Snetterton in Formula Ford 1600.

Jarno Opmeer, MP Motorsport

Jarno Opmeer, MP Motorsport

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