Renault signs Chinese karting protege Sun Yue Yang

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Renault has announced the signing of Chinese karting protege Sun Yue Yang to its young driver academy on a multi-year deal.

Yue Yang, 15, became the first Chinese driver to finish on the podium in the World Series Karting Cup and currently sits fifth in the championship standings.

Yue Yang becomes the fifth member of the Renault Sport Academy, formed following the French manufacturer’s return to Formula 1 as a constructor for the 2016 season. Existing members include Jack Aitken, Louis Deletraz, Kevin Joerg and Oliver Rowland.

The announcement from Renault confirmed that Yue Yang will continue to ply his trade in karts for the time being before making his single seater debut at the end of the year.

“The Renault Sport Academy is a highly beneficial tool for young drivers,” Renault Sport racing director Frederic Vasseur said.

“Firstly, we thoroughly evaluate them to give the right steer through the vast motorsport landscape. Then, they are exposed to the pinnacle of technology through the F1 team and what is required to get there.

“In short, we aim to turn each Academy driver into an elite athlete, capable of performing to his or her absolute best.

“The Academy is also a tool for the Renault markets to better engage with motorsport within their own regions. We are pleased and proud to give Renault China the opportunity through the Academy to bring Yue Yang through the ranks.

“Yue Yang has shown strong potential in WSK to, with the right preparation, work his way to Formula 1. The opportunities for both Yue Yang and Renault China to benefit from this partnership are huge.”

Renault also announced a new initiative driven to find the next generation of racing drivers in Asia, with the top Chinese driver in the final three rounds of the Asian Formula Renault season set to be offered a place on the Academy for 2017.

Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll

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Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with RacerXOnline.com before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.