Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship at Donington Park on 18th/19th August 2012

The weekend 18th and 19th August will see crowds converge at Donington Park as the one make single seater category Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championships will be held. There are just five races remaining and 170 points are to be won as the championships are still open even though there are two drivers who are likely to be main candidates.

Cullen Motorsport’s Scott Malvern -Barkingside, Ilford and MGR Motorsport’s Josh Webster – Stowmarket, Suffolk are the two top contenders but it still is anyone’s game. These two racers followed way behind by the other contenders with Seb Morris – Markford, Wrexham in third place. Seb has taken three wins so far in his first year of participation in single seater racing and someone the top two contenders have to keep an eagle eye out for.

There are two new contenders who have joined the grid for Donington races. These two youngsters are 17-year-old Struan Moore – Trinity, Jersey and 16-year-old Falco Wauer an American-Norwegian national who will be the youngest driver on the grid but with a fair amount of experience. Qualifying rounds 10, 11 and 12 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championships will get underway at 10.30 on Saturday August 18, 2012 and will continue on Sunday August 19th at 11.50 and 16.50 hours.

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Britain’s most popular and hotly contested one-make single-seater category, the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship, returns to action at Donington Park next weekend, 18th/19th August, for a bumper three-race outing – an event which could prove pivotal to the destiny of the 2012 title.

With five races remaining, and a possible 170 points up for grabs, the championship is still wide open but two drivers have started to emerge as the main contenders, Cullen Motorsport’s Scott Malvern (Barkingside, Ilford) and MGR Motorsport’s Josh Webster (Stowmarket, Suffolk).

Ahead of rounds 10, 11 and 12, two-time McLaren Autosport BRDC Award finalist Malvern holds a slender seven point advantage over his younger rival. Webster took a pair of faultless victories last time out to reignite his challenge but Donington Park’s National Circuit, unlike Croft and Thruxton the two previous venues on the calendar, is a track Malvern has prior experience of.

While both drivers are a long way clear of the tightly bunched chasing pack, third placed Seb Morris (Marford, Wrexham) has taken three wins so far in his maiden year of single-seater racing and will undoubtedly be a threat at Donington.

Some serious misfortune at both Thruxton and Croft, which resulted in two non-finishes, has dented the 16-year-old’s title aspirations and ahead of next weekend’s penultimate race meeting of the year the Fortec Motorsports driver is 73 points adrift of Malvern.

Next up is MGR’s David Wagner (Glasgow) who edged three points ahead of Scorpio Motorsport’s Macaulay Walsh (Northampton) at Croft last month. Walsh, in his first full season of car racing, endured a desperately unlucky event in which he retired from the first race with damage and only scored four points in the second encounter after a driveshaft failure prior to the start.

Wagner, meanwhile, had one of his strongest weekends of the year with a welcome return to the podium in round nine, his first visit to the rostrum since the opening race of 2012. The series top six is then rounded-out by MGR’s James Fletcher (Windlesham, Surrey) and Hillspeed’s Kieran Vernon (West Chiltington, West Sussex) who are tied on points after both enjoying podium success at Croft.

Two new faces join big grid for Donington races
Among the expected 26 car grid for the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship’s annual visit to Leicestershire will be two new faces, 17-year-old Struan Moore (Trinity, Jersey) and 16-year-old American-Norwegian national Falco Wauer.

Not only will next weekend’s races with Hillspeed mark Moore’s single-seater debut, the event will also see a long overdue return to competitive action for the teenager who last raced in the Ginetta Junior Championship in 2011 where he accrued several podium finishes.

Wauer, who will be the youngest driver on the grid, is to compete with Cliff Dempsey Racing and despite his age he already has a reasonable amount of single-seater experience – namely in Formula Ford, Formula 4 and the Norwegian Formula Basic series.

Qualifying for rounds 10, 11 and 12 of the 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship will get underway at 10.30 next Saturday, 18th August, with the first of the weekend’s races beginning at 15.50. Rounds 11 and 12 will follow on Sunday, 19th August, at 11.50 and 16.50 respectively.

Along with headline sponsor Protyre, Formula Renault BARC is additionally supported by Michelin, The Lubricant Consultancy, Petronas Syntium and NGK Spark Plugs.

Provisional 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship Driver Standings (after Rd9):
1st Scott Malvern, 234pts; 2nd Josh Webster, 227pts; 3rd Seb Morris, 161pts;
4th David Wagner, 147pts; 5th Macaulay Walsh, 144pts; =6th Kieran Vernon & James Fletcher, 143pts