Manor Competition have confirmed that racing for them in the 2011 Formula Renault UK Championship will be the same quartet who competed in last November's winter series for them. This means lining up for the reigning entrants champions will be the returning Ollie Millroy, Alice Powell, Josh Hill and Jordan King.
Leading their assault on the drivers' championship, which they last won with Dean Smith in 2009, will be race winner last season Millroy. After a solid debut season in the series last year, which saw him pick up one win on his way to sixth in the championship, the 20 year old will be hoping to step it up and have a real championship challenge this season.
Also hoping to challenge for the driver's crown will be the returning Powell, with competed in the series with Manor in 2009. She made history last season, becoming the first female to win a Formula Renault title with victory in the BARC series, and is hoping to continue her form into the new campaign.
Looking to join them at the sharp end of the grid will be 2010 Formula Ford frontrunner Hill, who won five races on his way to fifth in the UK championship. The 20 year old has been getting extra experience competing in the New Zealand-based Toyota Racing Series over the last couple of months as he looks to ensure he's competitive this season.
Completing the line up will be car racing debutant King, who hopes to make an impact on the series after impressing in the Winter Championship. The 17 year old has a successful karting career behind him and is looking to turn a few heads with his performances this year.
Manor co-owner Tony Shaw commented: “We're absolutely over the moon to retain Alice, Ollie, Josh and Jordan for the new season. It's always a fantastic benefit to keep hold of drivers you've worked with in the preceding Winter Championship – to retain all four is tremendous.
“Last year was great, we were delighted to take the team's championship by a big margin and to also see Lewis (Williamson) go on to win the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award. As ever, we'll be working as hard as possible to take podiums and win races. Come the end of the season, hopefully we'll be in a position to win both championships too.”