Dennis Back on Top

CERTINA Formula Renault UK official pre season testing

Fortec Motorsport’s Jake Dennis this week topped the timesheets at Oulton Park across two days of official testing prior to the start of the CERTINA Formula Renault UK Championship.

Six drivers, four driving for Fortec Motorsport and two from Mark Burdett Motorsport, completed the two-day test in dry, if cloudy conditions at the Cheshire circuit.

Dunlop InterSteps Champion Dennis (Nuneaton) and fellow Fortec drivers Josh Hill (Farnham) and Shahaan Engineer (IND) all posted times in the 1m17s on both days, with Dennis’s 1:17.623 (posted in the fourth session yesterday) the fastest overall.

Recently announced BRDC SuperStar Josh Hill’s fastest time of 1:17.663, making him second-fastest driver in the test was posted in the last of four sessions today (Wednesday). Shahaan Engineer’s fastest lap of 1:17.811sec was set in his last session yesterday and sees him third quickest.

Fortec’s Dan De Zille (Jersey) managed a 1:17.876 yesterday, but couldn’t quite get into the 17s today, posting a 1:18.060, enough to see the Fortec team leave the 2.26-mile Oulton circuit with the four quickest drivers.

Mark Burdett Motorsport’s Josh Webster (Stowmarket) and Gabriel Casagrande (BRA) rounded out the two-day test with best lap times of 1:18.187 and 1:19.642 respectively. The 2011 RSF MSA Young Driver of the Year Webster’s time was set yesterday and saw him 0.564sec off of the front-runner.

However, 16-year-old Brazilian Casagrande’s times tumbled massively as he adjusted to his new machinery, setting his fastest lap in the final session of Wednesday; still 1.979sec off the front but an improvement on Tuesday when he was 3.082sec from Dennis’s pace.

Officially timed pre-season testing continues on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th March at Brands Hatch, which is also the venue for the opening three rounds of the CERTINA Formula Renault UK Championship on 31st March/1st April.

Tuesday – Combined Classification – fastest in bold

1. Jake DENNIS 1:19.549 / 1:18.434 / 1:18.603 / 1:17.623s

2. Josh HILL 1:19.315 / 1:18.633 / 1:18.783 / 1:17.799s

3. Shahaan ENGINEER no time / 1:20.479 / 1:18.915 / 1:17.811s

4. Dan DE ZILLE 1:20.264 / 1:19.420 / 1:19.227 / 1:17.876s

5. Josh WEBSTER 1:19.278 / 1:18.825 / 1:18.512 / 1:18.187s

6. Gabriel CASAGRANDE 1:23.473 / 1:20.859 / 1:20.705s / no time

Wednesday – Combined Classification – fastest in bold

1. Josh HILL 1:18.285 / 1:18.840 / 1:18.318 / 1:17.663s

2. Jake DENNIS 1:18.023 / 1:17.918 / 1:18.300s / no time

3. Shahaan ENGINEER 1:18.564 / 1:18.395 / 1:18.417 / 1:17.947s

4. Dan DE ZILLE 1:19.208 / 1:18.687 / 1:18.562 / 1:18.060s

5. Josh WEBSTER 1:18.657 / 1:18.643 / no time / 1:18.148s

6. Gabriel CASAGRANDE 1:27.912 / 1:20.163 / 1:20.739 / 1:19.642

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Media Invitation: The annual pre-season Media Day launch will be held at Brands Hatch Circuit, Kent on Tuesday 20 March – an opportunity to meet the championship’s star drivers prior to the opening race event of 2012. Media wishing to attend please email gaenor@sro.co.uk

A full set of timing results and championship standings can be found here: www.tsl-timing.com

For further information: http://www.renaultsport.co.uk/championships/formularenaultuk/Default.aspx twitter.com/FRenaultUK | facebook.com/FRenault2.0UK | frenaultuk.wordpress.com Press images of the championship can be downloaded from: www.jakobebrey.com/renault Audio interviews: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/formula-renault-uk-audio-podcasts/id427665511

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Webster Tops the Times

CERTINA Formula Renault UK official pre season testing

Mark Burdett Motorsport’s Josh Webster was fastest today at Norfolk’s Snetterton circuit completing the final of two day’s official testing prior to the start of the CERTINA Formula Renault UK Championship. The eighteen-year-old Team UK driver laid down the marker late in the afternoon session driving the ‘300’ layout.

In a day of improving weather conditions, it was drivers Webster and Fortec Motorsport’s Jake Dennis regularly heading the timing sheets.

Racing Step Foundation Dennis had a strong day, finishing top of the table in the morning session and jostling for the top spot throughout the afternoon.

Stepping up to the main championship in 2012, Josh Hill proved to be the next challenger, maintaining a top three position for the duration of the day. Fellow Fortec stable-mates Dan de Zille and Shahaan Engineer improved steadily as the day went on continuing to break in their new machinery.

There was plenty of running on the 2.96 mile circuit making up for the washout conditions of yesterday and good progress was made by each driver putting some essential mileage under their belts. All achieved good times on long runs on used tyres.

With little over three weeks to go before the career launching single championship bursts back into action there is plenty of buzz and speculation building as to who will be the one to watch. Indeed there are still teams yet to announce their plans to strengthen the already highly competitive starting grid.

Further official testing travels to Oulton Park next week (13/14 Mar). The opening rounds of the CERTINA Formula Renault UK Championship take place at Brands Hatch (31 Mar/1 Apr).

Test times – am / pm – fastest in bold

1.  Josh Webster Mark Burdett Motorsport 1:46.268s / 1:45.329s

2.  Jake Dennis Fortec Motorsport 1:46.215s / 1:45.477s

3.  Josh Hill Fortec Motorsport 1:46.578s / 1:45.757s

4.  Dan De Zille Fortec Motorsport 1:47.853s / 1:46.369s

5.  Shahaan Engineer Fortec Motorsport 1:47.470s / 1:46.987s

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Correction: Please note Josh Webster’s time was seven-thousandths of a second off Jake Dennis in testing yesterday not seven-tenths.

Media Invitation: The annual pre-season Media Day launch will be held at Brands Hatch Circuit, Kent on Tuesday 20 March – an opportunity to meet the championship’s star drivers prior to the opening race event of 2012. Media wishing to attend please email gaenor@sro.co.uk

A full set of timing results and championship standings can be found here: www.tsl-timing.comFor further information: http://www.renaultsport.co.uk/championships/formularenaultuk/Default.aspxtwitter.com/FRenaultUK | facebook.com/FRenault2.0UK | frenaultuk.wordpress.comPress images of the championship can be downloaded from: www.jakobebrey.com/renaultAudio interviews: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/formula-renault-uk-audio-podcasts/id427665511

 

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Dennis Reigns in the Rain

Formula Renault UK official pre season heads to a wet Snetterton

The weather failed to deter events at Snetterton for the first day of testing for the competitors of the 2012 CERTINA Formula Renault UK Championship.

It was a waiting game for the morning session with only two drivers briefly venturing out on to the circuit for a handful of laps in virtual washout conditions.

As conditions slowly improved Fortec’s Jake Dennis topped the timesheets throughout session one and session two.

The Racing Steps Foundation youngster continued the trend at the top of the pack for the duration of the day with times tumbling on a drying track and setting his best time 1m 55.184s at the end of play.

Second overall today, Mark Burdett Motorsport’s Josh Webster was seven-tenths behind Dennis and just 0.129s ahead of Fortec Motorsport driver Shahaan Engineer (IND).

Fellow Fortec team-mates Josh Hill, returning to the Formula Renault UK Championship and Formula Ford star Dan de Zille, performed well in the difficult conditions, both setting second fastest times in the morning sessions. Finishing P4 and 5 respectively, they ran close for the final stint of the day, separated by just 0.295s.

The official test schedule resumes at Snetterton tomorrow Thursday (8 Mar). The opening rounds of the Formula Renault UK Championship take place at Brands Hatch (31 Mar/1 Apr).

Test times – session 1 / session 2 / session 3 – fastest in bold

1.  Jake Dennis Fortec Motorsport 2:13.479 / 1:57.919 / 1:55.184

2.  Josh Webster Mark Burdett Motorsport no time / 1:59.243 / 1:55.191

3.  Shahaan Engineer Fortec Motorsport no time / 1:59.876 / 1:55.320

4.  Josh Hill Fortec Motorsport no time / 1:59.112 / 1:56.708

5.  Dan de Zille Fortec Motorsport 2:40.843 / 1:59.633 / 1:57.003

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Media Invitation: The annual pre-season Media Day launch will be held at Brands Hatch Circuit, Kent on Tuesday 20 March – an opportunity to meet the championship’s star drivers prior to the opening race event of 2012 Media wishing to attend please email gaenor@sro.co.uk

A full set of timing results and championship standings can be found here: www.tsl-timing.comFor further information: http://www.renaultsport.co.uk/championships/formularenaultuk/Default.aspxtwitter.com/FRenaultUK | facebook.com/FRenault2.0UK | frenaultuk.wordpress.comPress images of the championship can be downloaded from: www.jakobebrey.com/renaultAudio interviews: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/formula-renault-uk-audio-podcasts/id427665511

 

 

 

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Dennis Leads the Way

Formula Renault UK official pre season testing gets underway

Racing Steps Foundation driver Jake Dennis fired the opening salvo on the first day of official pre-season testing for the Formula Renault UK Championship by laying down a 1:03.851secs marker at a bright and mild Donington Park near Derby today.

The Fortec Motorsports driver set his time midway through the afternoon session as temperatures hovered around the 14 degrees Celsius mark at the 1.9mile track. His times were constant throughout the day over his nearest rival.

“Today was really good for us,” said Dennis. “We’ve been fast on old and new tyres and really consistent which is good for the three races at each round this year and having that consistency is certainly going to help me”. “I was only two tenths off the pole time from last year on old tyres when everyone else was on new so everything is going to plan and looking good so far.”

Mark Burdett Motorsport’s Josh Webster was second quickest with a time of 1:04.041secs. The 3rd placed Finals Series driver steadily lapped near the top of the timesheets over both sessions. Josh Hill returns to the championship fresh from the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand, driving for Fortec.

Making their Formula Renault UK debuts this year and also out in action today were Fortec Motorsport’s Dan De Zille and Indian driver Shahaan Engineer. Dutchman Jeroen Slaghekke, a potential signing testing with Mark Burdett’s Motorsport, completed the line-up.

Testing continues next week at Snetterton.

Test times – am / pm – fastest in bold

1.  Jake Dennis Fortec Motorsport 1:04.402s / 1:03.851s

2.  Josh Webster Mark Burdett Motorsport 1:04.613s / 1:04.041s

3.  Jeroen Slaghekke Mark Burdett Motorsport 1.05.666s / 1:04.164s

4.  Shahaan Engineer Fortec Motorsport 1:05.319s / 1:04.343s

5.  Josh Hill Fortec Motorsport 1:04.917s / 1:04.354s

6.  Dan De Zille Fortec Motorsport 1:04.623s / 1:04.471s

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Media Invitation: The annual pre-season Media Day launch will be held at Brands Hatch Circuit, Kent on Tuesday 20 March – an opportunity to meet the championship’s star drivers prior to the opening race event of 2012 Media wishing to attend please email gaenor@sro.co.uk

A full set of timing results and championship standings can be found here: www.tsl-timing.com

For further information: http://www.renaultsport.co.uk/championships/formularenaultuk/Default.aspx

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Press images of the championship can be downloaded from: www.jakobebrey.com/renault

Audio interviews: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/formula-renault-uk-audio-podcasts/id427665511

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Fuelled For Success

SRO & WP Motorsport Group Announce Scholarship Scheme

Adding fuel to the fight in 2012, the CERTINA Formula Renault UK Championship announces the SRO and WP Motorsport Scholarship scheme. The Champion of the coveted 2012 CERTINA Formula Renault UK title will be rewarded with more power to their burgeoning careers. Should the winner take the natural step up to British Formula 3 in 2013, the victor will be able to fill their tanks and get off the line with £5,000 worth of WP Motorsport fuel.

Renaultsport UK engaged with WP Motorsports expert service almost 10 years ago to supply quality control fuel to Formula Renault UK and Renault Clio Cup. Together investing in the future of promising young drivers hoping to climb the ladder to success, the introduction of the SRO and WP Motorsport Scholarship aims to support the 2012 Champion advance to the next level.

Formula Renault UK continues to be a breeding ground for successful motorsport talent with many drivers having graduated from the junior formula to the highly competitive British Formula 3 International Series and onwards to the pinnacle of motorsport – Formula 1. Win in British F3 and you are marked as a driver to watch.

“The SRO and WP Motorsport Scholarship scheme is designed to support the next generation of champions join the Grand Prix greats and compete against the finest young racing drivers of our era,” remarks General Manager of SRO Motorsport Group, Lisa Crampton. “The prize of £5,000 in fuel makes that step just that bit more attainable.”

WP Motorsport, originally called Atol Fuel, has developed an established reputation for efficiency and accuracy supplying fuel for both Renaultsport UK championships for over ten years. Offering a dedicated and tailored service WP Group believes in driver evolution and the new WP Motorsport Scholarship encourages progression to the next platform.

Darren Borras, WP Group’s Commercial Director commented; We are thrilled to support young drivers by offering a scholarship to Formula Renault competitors as part of our Academy Programme with SRO, WP believe It’s critical to the future of the motorsport industry to support the stars of tomorrow as they progress through the championships. We are looking forward to an exciting Formula Renault season and to supporting the successful driver!

With the CERTINA Formula Renault UK season soon to commence at Brands Hatch on 31st March, the SRO and WP Motorsport Scholarship offers yet another exciting prize for the stars of tomorrow fuel their ambition to join the Champion honor roll.

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Media Invitation: The annual pre-season Media Day launch will be held at Brands Hatch Circuit, Kent on Tuesday 20 March – a golden opportunity for media to meet the championship’s star drivers and see them in action in their cars prior to the opening race event of 2012 (Brands Hatch, Kent Sunday 1 April). Media wishing to attend please email gaenor@sro.co.uk

A full set of timing results and championship standings can be found here: www.tsl-timing.com For further information: http://www.renaultsport.co.uk/championships/formularenaultuk/Default.aspx twitter.com/FRenaultUK | facebook.com/FRenault2.0UK | frenaultuk.wordpress.com Press images of the championship can be downloaded from: www.jakobebrey.com/renault Audio interviews: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/formula-renault-uk-audio-podcasts/id427665511

Note to editors:

WP Group has been supplying fuels and lubricants to businesses and homes for more than half a century. With multiple business divisions and close associations with leading brands such as Mobil, WP Group is working hard to keep business moving, processes operating and homes, offices and schools heated. Based at Esso’s Fawley Refinery, WP Group supplies the latest high-quality fuels that enhance life. The Diesel, Gas Oil and Kerosene supplied by WP Group is specially formulated to meet the exacting requirements of the UK market, with Advanced formulas available to improve fuel efficiency and prolong life. WP Group is ExxonMobil’s Strategic Lubricants Distributor for its world-leading product range throughout Central Southern England. Offering the full range of Mobil lubricants designed to exceed customers’ requirements, helping to improve performance and efficiency regardless of industry. www.thewp-group.co.uk

WP Motorsport has a long successful association with Motorsport, originally called Atol Fuel; the Company was founded as engine builder for karting. The business soon developed a reputation for efficiency and accuracy and it quickly picked up the supply of control fuel for a number of karting and bike racing championships. Atol was acquired by the WP Group in 2007 and are pleased to include Renault Motorsport amongst other high profile manufacturers and championship sponsors.
Since acquisition, the company has added Panta Race Fuel, Mobil 1 Lubricants and Maxima racing products to the already established Elf Racing product line giving a platform for a strong offering to the world of Motorsport.
As part of the WP Group evolution, Atol is now WP Motorsport – offering a dedicated and tailored service to the world of racing. Adding the British F3 and GT to the already impressive client base which includes the factory fill for the newest McLaren theMP4 12-C. www.atolfuel.com

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Enter Stage Right

Renault GP Cup Races into the Limelight

 

The country’s leading junior single-seater championship, the CERTINA Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship, that has launched the Formula 1 racing careers of Lewis Hamilton, Paul Di Resta, and Kimi Raikkonen to name a few is raising the curtain to the new Renault GP Cup.

The main stages will be set to host the three-round Renault GP Cup taking place as astand-alone class in the final three events of the CERTINA Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship.

The Renault GP Cup will be the new born ‘Junior’ class utilising the Tatuus (pre 2010 chassis) Formula Renault cars currently raced in the BARC series, albeit with an engine restrictor.

The exciting ‘mini’ championship, to be held on the UK’s premier circuits, has been born from the union of organisers SRO (Stephane Ratel Organisation) and theProtyre Formula Renault BARC Championship.  Working together with the teams and the British Automobile Racing Club, the Renault GP Cup will give drivers an extra opportunity to race on a bigger stage featuring television coverage on the ITV network.

BARC and CERTINA Formula Renault 2.0 UK team principles are in full support of the new Renault GP Cup, wholeheartedly agreeing that its introduction is a good step forward allowing drivers to gain good experience at an acceptable budget.

The Renault GP Cup will only be available to competitors already registered for the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship who will be eligible to enter their ‘BARC’ specification Formula Renault 2.0 cars in the UK championship races.

As a stand alone entity the Renault GP Cup will not form part of the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship despite two rounds taking place while the season is still in progress.

An esteemed opportunity awaits entrants who will be able to compete on prestigious Grand Prix tracks including the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit, Brands Hatch Grand Prix and Rockingham ISSC.

Supporting two of the UK’s most popular and largest attended championships, British Formula 3 and the British Touring Car Championship, competitors can enjoy huge trackside crowds and high quality live free-to-air television coverage at Silverstone and Brands Hatch.

With such an achievable budget, a national audience and a chance to race alongside single-seater stars on historic circuits, the wings will be full of aspiring young guns wanting to jump at the opportunity and on to the grid.

The CERTINA Formula Renault 2.0 UK championship grid is growing everyday as the season rapidly approaches. Recently announced signings by reigning championship winning team Fortec, are British Formula Ford star Dan de Zille and InterSteps champion Jake Dennis.

After strong outings in the 2011 Final Series with the team, Dan de Zille, the British Formula Ford podium regular has opted to switch to a ‘winged’ car series in 2012. Dan has gained a wealth of experience in single seaters andtin-tops, winning four Aston Martin GT4 races. The 25-year-old also finishedfirst in class and second overall in the Britcar 24 Hour Race in 2011.

Racing Steps Foundation backed Jake Dennis graduates from a phenomenal maiden season in racing cars, taking victory in eight races en route to the Drivers’ Title, winning by nearly 70 points. 16-year-old Jake went on to compete in the Formula Renault UK Final Series recording some strong finishes and is now ready to make the move up with Team Champions Fortec.

Another breath-taking season is nearly upon us as the single seater championship gathers speed and the addition of the Renault GP Cup offers yet another springboard for young aspiring Formula 1 drivers to take to the grid.

The Renault GP Cup Championship will commence on 8th/9th September at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit (supporting British Formula 3), on 22nd/23rd September at Rockingham and 20th/21st October at Brands Hatch (both supporting the British Touring Car Championship).

Testing for the CERTINA Formula Renault 2.0 UK championship breaks cover at Donington Park on 1st March with the first race at Brands Hatch on the weekend of the 31st March – 1st April.

A full set of timing results and championship standings can be found here: www.tsl-timing.com

For further information: http://www.renaultsport.co.uk/championships/formularenaultuk/Default.aspx

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Press images of the championship can be downloaded from: www.jakobebrey.com/renault

Audio interviews: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/formula-renault-uk-audio-podcasts/id427665511

 

 

 

 

 

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Brazilian Bullet joins Burdett

2012 Revs Up for Revamped Formula Renault UK

Mark Burdett Motorsport has today confirmed sixteen-year-old Brazilian driver Gabriel Casegrande in their multi-car line-up. The Brazilian driver has an exciting history to date, competing in more than 90 races over the past three years and conquering six championships and six vice championships on the way. Working alongside Ricardo Zonta and Enrique Bernoldi, Gabriel’s most recent accomplishment was grabbing 3rd place in the famous 500 miles kart race organised by Rubens Barrichello.

Formula Renault UK continues to be a breeding ground for successful motorsport talent, confirmed by 2011 Championship Runner-Up, Oliver Rowland, being the fourth successive Formula Renault UK driver to take out the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award in December last year. The award, previously won by Jenson Button, Paul di Resta, David Coulthard, and Dario Franchitti, secured Oliver a test with the McLaren Formula 1 team. At the same evening, 2011 Champion, Alex Lynn, took home the British Club Driver of the Year beating some illustrious rivals to the award. Admired Formula 1 stars such as Kimi Räikkönen, Paul di Resta and Lewis Hamilton all carved their trade as juniors through Formula Renault UK.

Once again the Championship supports the British Touring Car Championship, revelling in the continued live TV coverage on ITV 4, ITV 4 HD and ITV Player online, and with highlights shown on ITV1’s MotorsportUK programme. On top, this season sees two special guest events at Silverstone during the British Formula 3 & British GT weekend, and the Masters of F3 event at Zandvoort. Exciting changes to the Formula Renault UK event format mean each event will now include three races, where Race 1 will be a fast paced sprint over 15 minutes and Races 2 and 3 lasting a thrilling 30 minutes.

Qualifying will also throw in a few twists with the drivers fastest times setting the grid for Race 3, second fastest times setting the grid for Race 2. Race 1 will have it’s grid determined when a position between 6 – 10 will be drawn from the fastest qualifying times, from which these top places will be reversed. It is a race format system not too dissimilar to that of big brother, Formula 3, where many of these youngsters aim once graduating up from Formula Renault.

As an exceptional bonus and thanks to Title Sponsor and Official Time and Watch partner of Formula Renault UK, CERTINA Swiss Watches, every outright pole position will be rewarded with a CERTINA Watch.

The 2012 Championship is also set to feature the renamed Graduate Cup, which will now be known as the Rookie Trophy. It continues to be aimed at those drivers under 19 years of age who have yet to complete a season in the Formula Renault 2.0 (2010 spec) cars.

Also new to the Championship is the inclusion of a ‘B’ class, the Formula Renault Junior class, offering teams the chance to run the Formula Renault Tatuus (pre 2010 chassis) competitively and allows young drivers a cost-effective route into the popular single seater series. With a reduced entry fee, later test ban date and equal billing on track with the Formula Renault 2.0 cars in front of the tens of thousands of crowd at the BTCC events, and live on ITV4, it is an unrivalled opportunity for drivers’ first step into Formula Renault.

CERTINA watches will again be awarded to the next Formula Renault 2.0 UK Champion, as well as the ‘Qualifier of the Year’, and to the engineer of the Champion driver. On top of receiving a luxury watch, the outright Champion also receives £1000 prize money and an exclusive Formula Renault 3.5 test in Motorland, Spain in November.

Not to be outdone, the Formula Renault Junior Champion will also be awarded £1000 prize money along with a CERTINA watch and a race suit to give them that cutting edge as they progress in their burgeoning single seater career.

Championship Promoters SRO Motorsports Group is in negotiations with new partners to bring even more rewards to teams and drivers competing in both Classes of the Championship, which shall hopefully be announced throughout the pre-season. Lisa Crampton, General Manager, is enthusiastic about the season ahead, “After discussions with several teams and drivers during the Autosport International Show in Birmingham, we can expect larger grids for the season ahead.

Crampton continues, “With the inclusion of the Formula Renault Junior class we expect to see a strengthened field, especially with the likes of Fortec, MGR, RPD and Antel all looking to bring Junior cars to the BTCC package; our target of 5 cars in the class is looking very healthy. We’ve worked through a lot of feedback from the teams concerned to ensure that this class is successful and brings to the table what drivers want and need.

“The Formula Renault 2.0 class has a lot of buzz surrounding it. Mark Burdett Motorsport has numerous driver speaking with them, Scorpio are preparing their cars for a return, plus there’s new team GP1 Engineering (ex P1 Motorsport) based out of Hethel and with a wealth of ex-Formula 1 expertise are developing their team and car and looking to join for the season ahead. Series regulars Fortec Motorsport & Competition and Atech Reid GP will be running at least three cars each, and there will also be the regular additions of Eurocup cars throughout the season. The return of teams and the influx of new teams running in both classes will undoubtedly add to the grid, and we look set for an even better year of racing than 2011 provided, which in itself is a significant accomplishment.”

This electrifying, career-launching single seater championship soon begins yet another year of breathtakingly close open wheel competition with the first race at Brands Hatch on the weekend of the 31st March – 1st April.

Calendar   

Testing

Thurs 1 March                                                 Donington Park National

Weds 7 & Thurs 8 March (shared F3)         Snetterton 300

Tues 13 & Weds 14 March                             Oulton Park Island

Mon 19 & Tues 20 March^*                          Brands Hatch Indy

Thurs 22 March (shared F3)                         Silverstone GP

^ Test day includes Formula Renault Junior

* Media/Launch day with Clio

Season

31 March – 1 April                          Brands Hatch Indy

14 – 15 April                                     Donington Park National

28 – 29 April                                    Thruxton

9 – 10 June                                       Oulton Park Island

13 – 15 July                                       Zandvoort, Netherlands (F3 Masters)♯

11 – 12 August                                  Snetterton 300

8 – 9 September                              Silverstone GP (F3/GT event)

22 – 23 September                          Rockingham ISSC

20 – 21 October                               Brands Hatch GP

♯ Formula Renault 2.0 Class only

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