Hathersage-based Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship team Hillspeed has welcomed the announcement of the creation of the Renault GP Cup, which enables Formula Renault BARC competitors to race in the final three events of this year’s Certina Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship.
Established by Protyre Formula Renault BARC organisers and the British Automobile Racing Club, the new Renault GP Cup goes some way to replacing the proposed ‘Junior’ class in Formula Renault UK which was aimed at bolstering grids in the national-level category.
Forming a stand-alone series away from the main Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship, the Renault GP Cup will enable drivers registered for the BARC campaign to take advantage of the added option of also competing in the last three Formula Renault UK race meetings of the year.
As a separate class featuring the BARC specification Tatuus FR 2.0 cars, it is hoped the introduction of the Renault GP Cup could boost the Certina Formula Renault UK 2.0 Championship grid by as many as 12 extra drivers.
The events in question will be the British Formula 3 International Series meeting at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit on September 8-9 and the British Touring Car Championship support races on September 22-23 at Rockingham and October 20-21 at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit.
“The planned introduction of the Junior class was an ideal opportunity to provide drivers with a halfway point between BARC Renault and the full UK championship”, said Hillspeed principal Richard Ollerenshaw, “Unfortunately, the current climate means the desire just isn’t there to do that – the economics don’t support it.
“What has been put forward now with the Renault GP Cup has the benefits of the Junior class but in a programme the BARC drivers can be offered at an acceptable budget level. We definitely welcome this as a good step forward.”
He added: “The BARC championship has gone from strength to strength in recent years, it’s a fantastic place to make the transition from karts to cars and can also be an ideal place to race for drivers who already have some car experience. I’m sure the organisers and teams will look at how strong the Renault GP Cup proves to be this year with a view to developing it further in 2013.”
Ahead of the start of the main Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship season at Snetterton in Norfolk on 7th/8th April, the Derbyshire-based team is keen to hear from drivers interested in racing in both the main season this year and also, potentially, the newly announced Renault GP Cup.
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