James Theodore will make a return to the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship this weekend as he makes a one-off appearance with Cliff Dempsey Racing at Croft.

20 year old Theodore will be replacing American Trent Hindman at the team, making his first appearance in the series this season. Last year, Theodore made two appearances, with MTECH Lite at Oulton Park and Fortec Motorsport at Silverstone, while his last full campaign was in 2010, when he finished third overall.

Theodore said: “It's a bit of a whirlwind appearance. It's a great chance to get back in a BARC car, Cliff's a really nice guy and he runs a great team so I'm really looking forward to being back out there. We've only got half a day at Mallory to get back into the swing of things but it shouldn't take long to get the cobwebs off.

“I'm not going into the weekend all gung-ho, I'm not in the championship fight and so I'm not there to mess anyone around. I'm still out to do as well as I can though and I'll be racing hard to try and get the best result possible for me and the team.

“I've not done much at all with racing this year, a bit of driver coaching with Hillspeed and I did a one off in the Smart series. One of my mates from Uni was offered the chance but didn't have his ARDS licence so I did it – I'd never touched a tin-top before. I want to get back into things more seriously though, I'm determined to do well at Croft but anything further is down to budget.”

Hindman leaves the championship as he continues to compete in the US F2000 Championship across the pond. The American took a best result of fourth, but was ineligible for points in the championship. Also leaving the team is Scott Malvern, the current championship leader being expected to contest the remainder of the season under the Cullen Motorsport banner.