Kieran Vernon has confirmed his return to the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship with front-running outfit Hillspeed.
The former Formula Palmer Audi race-winner competed in the first four meetings of the championship last year before his switch to the Porsche Carrera Cup GB series. Despite missing the final four races of the year, Vernon still finished seventh in the championship standings with one win and two other podium finishes.
The West Sussex-based driver was forced to sit out the start of the season with budget problems, but has now signed a deal to complete the remainder of the season with Hillspeed, starting with Rounds Four and Five at Rockingham this weekend.
Vernon told TheCheckeredFlag.co.uk: “The deal came about from a good friend Sebastien King who informed me that Hillspeed were looking for drivers so we got in contact. From that we organised the test at Silverstone, as they needed to get an engine run in after Snetterton. The test went well and we looked at putting a deal together.
“I looked at coming back to BARC is purely because it is one of the most affordable and competitive championships in the UK now, everything else has spiralled in price, and this is probably our only realistic option to get back out on the scene.
“I hope to follow up from last year, bringing Hillspeed up to the front of the grid where they belong, and to achieve podiums and race wins. It will not be easy though; this season looks even more competitive than last season, so it will be tough!”