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Drivers contesting the 2011 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship have been gifted a rare opportunity to race on an international platform after organisers secured the chance for them to compete in the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC meeting at Zandvoort.

Held over the weekend of the 12th to 14th August, the event would see BARC drivers compete as part of the highly prestigious Masters of Formula 3 meeting which attracts crowds of more than 20,000.

Although an optional non-championship round, the move has been negotiated to allow Protyre BARC drivers the chance to gain vital international race experience and a taste of a circuit they could well find themselves on in later years.

Drivers will be able to join both the 25-minute Formula Renault 2.0 NEC races taking part over the weekend as well as the preceded practice and qualifying sessions giving them maximum track time.

Richard Ollerenshaw, Team Manager of Championship winning team Hillspeed, 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.”

SWB Motorsport’s Team Manager Simon Baldry said: “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 added: “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.”