Josh WebsterTwo of the country’s most exceptional young racing talents, Josh Webster (Stowmarket, Suffolk) and Scott Malvern (London), will both be on the grid for the opening three rounds of the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship at Snetterton this weekend, 7th/8th April – helping boost the grid to an outstanding 25 cars.

Along with the unexpected eleventh hour return of last year’s Vice-Champion Webster and the eagerly awaited series debut of reigning British Formula Ford Champion Malvern, leading squad Hillspeed has confirmed two new signings ahead of the weekend having completed deals with rising Danish star Jacob Nortoft and British racer Marcus Allen (Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire).

Webster, who had been set to compete in the Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship this year prior to the postponement of the series three weeks ago, will race for MGR Motorsport alongside David Wagner (Glasgow), Jake Dalton (Stoke-on-Trent) and James Fletcher (Windlesham, Surrey)

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Malvern will be reunited with the legendary Cliff Dempsey Racing team, which is returning to the ranks of Formula Renault this year, with backing from Cullen Motorsport. The two-time McLaren Autosport BRDC Award finalist will team-up with promising American 16-year-old Trent Hindman.

Hillspeed, which won the Protyre Formula Renault BARC title with Alice Powell in 2010, has the capacity to field four cars and will have two on the grid at Snetterton for Nortoft and Allen. The Dane embarks on only his second season of car racing this year while Allen, the 2010 Formula Ford 1600 Castle Combe Champion, returns to racing after a year away to complete his college studies.

In addition, MTECH Lite has confirmed Escuderia Telmex-backed Mexican teenager Jorge Cevallos will partner Sean Walkinshaw (Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire) and SWB Motorsport will be on the grid with Jack Dex (Daventry) who recently set the pace in the official pre-season test at Silverstone. Privateer runner Max Robinson (Northampton), meanwhile, will debut at Rockingham in May.

Bringing the already sensational grid up to 25 registered entries for the first three races of the new season, championship promoter Simon North says attracting drivers the calibre of Webster and Malvern is a clear indication of the health and growing stature of Protyre Formula Renault BARC.

“It’s absolutely fantastic for the championship to have Josh and Scott joining us”, said North, “It’s common knowledge they’re two of the UK’s very best single-seater drivers, we’re delighted to have them racing with us this year. Obviously we know Josh well from last year when he was very close to winning the championship and Scott’s record speaks for itself – it’ll be an intriguing season.

“We always want to see as many of our teams on the grid as possible so we’re also delighted to see Hillspeed back with two cars and SWB with Jack, who did such a good job in the Silverstone test. All in all, this looks set to be a truly memorable season for Protyre Formula Renault BARC.”

Qualifying for the first three rounds of the season at Snetterton 200 Circuit in Norfolk will get underway at 09.50 on Saturday, 7th April, with the first of the weekend’s races set to follow at 14.15. Rounds two and three will be held on Sunday, 8th April, at 11.35 and 15.55 respectively.

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

2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship entry list: Snetterton 200 – 7th/8th April

No. Driver Nationality Team
02 Chris Middlehurst GBR Middlehurst Motorsport GTR
03 Trent Hindman USA Cliff Dempsey Racing
04 Scott Malvern GBR Cliff Dempsey Racing w/Cullen Motorsport
05 Ivan Taranov RUS Antel Motorsport
06 Raoul Owens GBR Antel Motorsport
07 Tom Oliphant GBR Antel Motorsport
08 Henry Chart GBR Antel Motorsport
09 Josh Webster GBR MGR Motorsport
13 Oliver Sirrell GBR ACS Motorsport
16 Henrique Baptista BRA Scorpio Motorsport
20 Macaulay Walsh GBR Scorpio Motorsport
21 Laura Tillett GBR Fortec Motorsport
25 Jake Dalton GBR MGR Motorsport
26 Diego Menchaca MEX Fortec Motorsport
27 Jack Dex GBR SWB Motorsport
30 Michael Epps GBR JWA-Avila
31 Seb Morris GBR Fortec Motorsport
33 Sean Walkinshaw GBR MTECH Lite
36 Jorge Cevallos MEX MTECH Lite
43 David Wagner GBR MGR Motorsport
44 Jacob Nortoft DEN Hillspeed
49 Marcus Allen GBR Hillspeed
55 Matt Tiffin GBR JWA-Avila
66 James Fletcher GBR MGR Motorsport
88 Martin Cao CHN Fortec Motorsport