Drivers competing in next year’s Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship are to benefit from the capacity crowds and live television exposure of the British Touring Car Championship for the final two rounds of the season after organisers unveiled the 2011 calendar.

The one-make single-seater category will once again be contested over 12 rounds (six double-headers) with the final two races – often the championship decider due to the series’ closely fought nature – joining the TOCA package at Northamptonshire’s Silverstone circuit on 15th/16th October.

The move marks only the second time the Protyre BARC series has joined the popular BTCC package (previous 2006) with the championship filling the slot left by the ELF Renault Clio Cup with Michelin which in 2011 features a 16-round calendar. It will join BTCC regular the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship as Renault Sport UK’s second support race at the Silverstone meeting giving spectators four thrilling single-seater rounds to enjoy.

More than 40,000 spectators attended the BTCC finale earlier this year which enjoys comprehensive live television coverage on the ITV Sport network and website, and, from next year, the channel’s new HD channel.