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Rising single-seater talent Anton Spires (Buckingham) will make his Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship debut at Silverstone National Circuit next month, 15th/16th October, having agreed a deal with KG Motorsport to graduate to the ultra-competitive category.

The 19-year-old, who studies at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham, competed in the Autosport Young Guns series in 2010 before taking part in two rounds of the rebranded ‘Intersteps Championship’ earlier this season.

Seeking an alternative path up the racing ladder, Spires called time on his involvement in Intersteps and instead went on to test an FR 2.0 in readiness for a potential move into Formula Renault BARC which is now being made possible thanks to backing from AA Drivetech.

His plan is to get a foothold in the championship during the season finale before then contesting a full campaign in 2012, if the required financial backing can be secured. For now, Spires is aiming to get up to speed as quickly as he can and to enjoy a strong debut in the hugely popular championship.

“We looked at various routes for my career and saw Formula Renault BARC as the best option, both for the racing and for the budget”, said the teenager, “I did Intersteps earlier in the year but didn’t like the championship so we’re looking to do the final round of BARC and then put together a full season next year.

“AA Drivetech is backing me for my debut but, with it being at my local track, we’re hopeful we can try and attract some more local sponsors to get involved. We are limited on funds, I’ve only had two tests in the car at Donington and Brands Hatch, but I will have two more days before the races. I’m feeling pretty confident and definitely looking forward to it.”

Spires’ career started in Mini Max and Junior Max Karting before he made the move into saloon car racing in the 2008 SaxMax Championship. Finishing his first season a highly creditable sixth overall to become Rookie of the Year, he continued in the 750 Motor Club organised series in 2009 where he ended the campaign third in the championship with two wins and six podiums.

From there the Buckinghamshire racer switched disciplines into single-seaters with a move into the Autosport Young Guns series. Concluding the year fourth in the standings, he took three podiums and a win at Thruxton.

While Spires’ debut in Formula Renault BARC will undoubtedly be challenging, it will also come during possibly the biggest event in the history of the series – a prime slot on the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship package, affording the Formula Renault BARC competitors and their sponsors tremendous television exposure on Freeview, digital satellite and cable channel ITV4.

Along with headline sponsor Protyre, the championship is additionally supported by ELF, Michelin and NGK Spark Plugs.