BARC Renault Drivers Offered Unique European Experience

by Simon Paice

The organisers of the 2011 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship have agreed a deal to provide the stars of its series the opportunity to compete in the prestigious Masters of Formula 3 meeting at Zandvoort.

The BARC drivers will be offered the chance to gain international race experience in  front of over 20,000 spectators in the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC races at the event, over the weekend of the 12th to 14th August.

The optional event will not count for championship points and will see the drivers compete in two 25-minute races as well as all the practice and qualifying sessions before hand, giving them plenty of track time on the popular Dutch circuit.

Team boss of reigning championship winning outfit Hillspeed, Richard Ollerenshaw commented: “This is an exceptional opportunity for young drivers to compete at an event and circuit as prestigious as this. Giving drivers a taste of international racing will help them for what lays around the corner and we will certainly be talking to our drivers about participating.”

Simon Baldry, team manager of rival squad SWB Motorsport added: “This is a great opportunity for us as a relatively junior Formula to have an opportunity to run both in front of a large, European audience and with a championship of the quality of the Masters of Formula 3. The potential for sponsors is excellent and it also gives the drivers a chance to impress on a European circuit.”

Championship Promoter Simon North said: “Together with the Zandvort meeting and the two rounds at the BTCC finale, this season we're giving our drivers two fantastic opportunities to experience top-flight motorsport and a great platform for future success.”

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