James Theodore (Telford, Shropshire) will make a welcome return to single-seater action in the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship at Croft this weekend, 21st/22nd July, after agreeing a one-off deal with Cliff Dempsey Racing.
The 20-year-old, who last raced full-time in 2010 when he was third overall in Protyre Formula Renault BARC with three victories and six podiums, will have a brief shakedown in the CDR car at Mallory Park in Leicestershire today, Wednesday, 18th July. From there, Theodore will be straight back in at the deep end with no testing at
Croft other than a short 15-minute practice on Saturday.
“It’s a bit of a whirlwind appearance”, said the 2008 Winter Series Champion, “It’s a great chance to get back in a BARC car, Cliff’s a really nice guy and he runs a great team so I’m really looking forward to being back out there. We’ve only got half a day at Mallory to get back into the swing of things but it shouldn’t take long to get the cobwebs off.
“I’m not going into the weekend all gung-ho, I’m not in the championship fight and so I’m not there to mess anyone around. I’m still out to do as well as I can though and I’ll be racing hard to try and get the best result possible for me and the team.”
Budget restrictions have meant Theodore has been on the sidelines for the majority of the past year and a half although he did make two appearances in Protyre Formula Renault BARC in 2011 – with MTECH Lite at Oulton Park and Fortec Motorsports at Silverstone.
“I’ve not done much at all with racing this year, a bit of driver coaching with Hillspeed and I did a one off in the Smart series”, he added, “One of my mates from Uni was offered the chance but didn’t have his ARDS licence so I did it – I’d never touched a tin-top before. I want to get back into things more seriously though, I’m determined to do well at Croft but anything further is down to budget.”
While Theodore will run with CDR at Croft in the car previously driven by Trent Hindman, current championship leader Scott Malvern (Barkingside, Ilford) has parted ways with the Corby-based team and is expected to contest the remainder of the season under the Cullen Motorsport banner.
For rounds eight and nine at Croft this weekend, well over 20 cars are expected to be in action as Protyre Formula Renault BARC continues to prove its place as the most popular contemporary junior single-seater category in the UK.
Following a 15-minute practice session at 09.30 on Saturday, 21st July, qualifying for rounds eight and nine will take place at 12.10 and 14.40. On Sunday, 22nd July, the opening encounter will begin at 13.10 with the second race scheduled to commence at 16.30.
Along with headline sponsor Protyre, Formula Renault BARC is additionally supported by Michelin, The Lubricant Consultancy, Petronas Syntium and NGK Spark Plugs.