Organisers of the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship have unveiled an exciting 2012 calendar for the single-seater series, which will feature an expanded 14 round season, including, for the first time, a pair of triple-header events.
With 2011 being the series' most successful and high-profile campaign ever, the organisers were keen to build on that and continue the championship's momentum as one of the most prominent junior single-seater categories in the country.
The 2012 calendar sees Snetterton and Rockingham re-join the action, with Thruxton, Oulton Park and Silverstone currently lost from the tracks used in 2011, though the destination of the final weekend of the season is yet to be confirmed. The triple-header meetings will take place at the start of the season at Snetterton and Brands Hatch, while the series will once again join the support bill of the FIA British Truck Grand Prix at Donington Park.
Championship Promoter Simon North said: “We're delighted to be in a position to announce our provisional calendar well in advance of the New Year as it gives teams and potential driver's maximum time to prepare for the championship. With the addition of two triple-header events, an increase in races from 12 to 14 and an excellent selection of circuits we really feel this is potentially our best ever calendar.
“Protyre Formula Renault BARC enjoyed a fantastic season this year, the championship battle was one of the best we've witnessed and the standard of racing was particularly high. We're hopeful with this provisional calendar now in place, it will enable the teams to sign early deals and will give them the best opportunity possible to attract new drivers to the championship.”
Leading team bosses have expressed their happiness with the provisional 2012 calendar, in particular the increase to fourteen rounds with the introduction of triple-header events.
Fortec Motorsport's Steve Lynch said: “The idea of triple headers at the start of the season and the increase in track time is obviously good news and the rest of the calendar also looks good”, said Lynch, “I'd still like to see a BTCC supporting round on there, as we had this year, and if that can be secured it'll be great. We'll definitely continue in Formula Renault BARC next year, we're committed to it as it's a great series for young racers.”
MGR Motorsport's Mark Godwin added: “It's really good for the championship having triple headers at the beginning of the season, it's good to give young drivers coming in as much track time and experience as possible early on so I'm very pleased to see that.”
Scorpio Motorsport's Jon Pettit commented: “I like the calendar a lot, having Donington and Rockingham on there is great and Croft is a fantastic track for the drivers so I'm happy to see that on there. I am disappointed to lose Thruxton but if we can get on the TOCA (BTCC) package again at the end of the year that'll be great.
“It's good news the calendar has expanded to 14 races without the additional cost of going to another track. Although BARC is still a club championship, the driver level is above that in my opinion and for people to see that at a big event like the trucks is very important.”
Provisional 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship Calendar:
Rounds 1, 2 and 3 – Snetterton 200 Circuit – 7th/8th April
Rounds 4, 5, and 6 – Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent – 12th/13th May.
Rounds 7 and 8 – Donington Park National Circuit – 30th June/1st July
Rounds 9 and 10 – Croft – 21st/22nd July
Rounds 11 and 12 – Rockingham – 1st/2nd September.
Rounds 13 and 14 – TBC – TBC