Organisers are confident that registrations for the 2011 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship will be among their highest for several years following extensive interest at this weekend’s Autosport International Show.
As many as 20 cars could take to the start grid for the opening rounds of the one-make single-seater series when the season gets underway at Donington Park on 23rd/24th April – marking the first time a grid of 20 cars has been fielded since 2008.
The annual Autosport Show at the NEC Birmingham, which traditionally kick-starts the 2011 motorsport season, saw substantial interest from both new and established teams as well as privateer entries.
Championship winning outfit Hillspeed have already confirmed two of its signings as it hopes to retain the drivers’ title after running Alice Powell to victory in 2010. Seventeen-year-old Sean Walkinshaw, son of the late Tom Walkinshaw, and Indian racer Zaamin Jaffer have already been confirmed with the Derbyshire-based squad with at least one further registration in the coming weeks.
Richard Dutton’s Fortec Motorsport team are also expected to run between three and four cars with SWB Motorsport confirming two signings with Andrew Jarman also likely to add his name to Simon Baldry’s outfit.
Antel Motorsport and MTech Lite have also indicated their interest with each team anticipated to run two cars with James Thorp already signed for MTech. New interest has also been received from Scorpio Motorsport, who ran Ollie Hancock and Kieren Clark to victory in 2008 and 2009 respectively, as well as Mark Godwin’s MGR Motorsport.
RPD Motorsport’s Steven Durrant is also expected to return for his fourth consecutive season while privateer interest comes from car-racing newcomer 18-year-old Max Robinson and possibly James Birch.
Decisions are still being made by many other teams keen to enter the 2011 season which this year will make a one-off appearance with the British Touring Car Championship.
Commenting on the interest Championship Promoter Simon North said: “Following the Autosport Show we’ve had a fantastic response from teams and competitors and interest is really building ahead of the season. Registrations have just opened and we’ve already received the first entries and are confident we will have around 20 cars on the start line for the opening rounds.”