2014 Protyre Formula Renault Championship

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2014 Protyre Formula Renault Championship season
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The 2014 Protyre Formula Renault Championship was a multi-event motor racing championship for open wheel, formula racing cars held across England. The championship featured a mix of professional motor racing teams and privately funded drivers competing in 2 litre Formula Renault single seat race cars that conformed to the technical regulations for the championship. The 2014 season was the 20th British Formula Renault Championship organised by the British Automobile Racing Club and the third season as the premier Formula Renault 2.0 championship in the United Kingdom. The season began at Rockingham Motor Speedway on 4 May and ended on 28 September at Silverstone Circuit. The series formed part of the BARC club racing meetings at six events all held in England, with three triple header events.

The championship was won by Pietro Fittipaldi, the grandson of two-time Formula One world champion Emerson Fittipaldi, for the MGR Motorsport team. Fittipaldi won 10 of the season's 15 races, including a streak of 8 successive wins over a trio of meetings between May and August. Fittipaldi won the championship by 65 points (on dropped scores) from Scorpio Motorsport's Piers Hickin, who won a pair of races, and like Fittipaldi, recorded 12 podium finishes. Fittipaldi's team-mate Matteo Ferrer finished third in the championship, edging out Fortec Motorsport driver Alex Gill, by five points; both drivers recorded a single win during the season. The only other winner during the season was a third MGR Motorsport driver, as Colin Noble won one of the two races in support of the British Touring Car Championship, at Silverstone.

Teams and drivers[edit]

All teams were British-registered.

2014 Entry List[1]
Team No. Driver Rounds
Fortec Motorsports 7 United Kingdom Alex Gill All
14 United Kingdom Ben Barnicoat 1
88 Belgium Wolfgang Reip 1
Circulation Motorsport 8 Finland Niklas Tiihonen 1
Scorpio Motorsport 9 United Kingdom Piers Hickin All
SWB Motorsport 18 United Kingdom Samuel Oram-Jones[2] 2
27 Finland Atte Lehtonen 1–3
44 United Kingdom Michael Epps 6
96 United Kingdom Jack Butel All
MGR Motorsport 20 Italy Matteo Ferrer All
21 Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi All
22 India Tarun Reddy 1–5
45 United Kingdom Colin Noble All
Cliff Dempsey Racing 23 Canada Patrick Dussault All
28 United States Travis Jordan Fischer All
Hillspeed 33 Greece Dimitris Papanastasiou 1–3
Gold Wolf Racing[3] 37 Japan Yudai Jinkawa[3] 2
MTECH Lite[3] 89 United Kingdom Hayden Edmonds[3] 2–4

Race calendar and results[edit]

The series formed part of the BARC club racing meetings and at six events, with three triple header events. A championship calendar was released on 20 November 2013, with the final round once again in support of the 2014 British Touring Car Championship. All rounds were held in the United Kingdom.[4]

Round Circuit Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team
1 R1 Rockingham Motor Speedway
(International Super Sports Car Circuit, Northamptonshire)
5 April Italy Matteo Ferrer Italy Matteo Ferrer Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi MGR Motorsport
R2 6 April Italy Matteo Ferrer United Kingdom Alex Gill Italy Matteo Ferrer MGR Motorsport
R3 Italy Matteo Ferrer Italy Matteo Ferrer United Kingdom Alex Gill Fortec Motorsports
2 R4 Donington Park
(National Circuit, Leicestershire)
31 May United Kingdom Alex Gill Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi MGR Motorsport
R5 United Kingdom Alex Gill United Kingdom Piers Hickin Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi MGR Motorsport
R6 1 June United Kingdom Piers Hickin Italy Matteo Ferrer Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi MGR Motorsport
3 R7 Brands Hatch
(Kent)
27 July Italy Matteo Ferrer Italy Matteo Ferrer Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi MGR Motorsport
R8 Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi United Kingdom Piers Hickin Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi MGR Motorsport
4 R9 Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit
(300 Circuit, Norfolk)
30 August United Kingdom Alex Gill Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi MGR Motorsport
R10 31 August United Kingdom Alex Gill Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi MGR Motorsport
R11 Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi United Kingdom Alex Gill Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi MGR Motorsport
5 R12 Croft Circuit
(North Yorkshire)
21 September Italy Matteo Ferrer Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi United Kingdom Piers Hickin Scorpio Motorsport
R13 United Kingdom Alex Gill Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi MGR Motorsport
6 R14 Silverstone Circuit
(National Circuit, Northamptonshire)
27 September United Kingdom Colin Noble Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi United Kingdom Colin Noble MGR Motorsport
R15 28 September Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi United Kingdom Piers Hickin Scorpio Motorsport

Championship standings[edit]

A driver's best 14 scores counted towards the championship, with any other points being discarded.

Pos Driver ROC DON BRH SNE CRO SIL Points
1 Brazil Pietro Fittipaldi 1 4 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 4 3 431
2 United Kingdom Piers Hickin 2 3 3 2 6 3 Ret 3 6 2 3 1 3 2 1 366
3 Italy Matteo Ferrer 3 1 2 5 10 4 2 2 3 6 7 3 5 3 5 347
4 United Kingdom Alex Gill Ret 2 1 3 2 5 3 4 4 4 2 4 2 6 9 342
5 United Kingdom Colin Noble 4 9 7 4 5 2 Ret 8 10 7 6 6 4 1 2 286
6 United States Travis Jordan Fischer Ret 7 13 6 Ret 8 6 7 5 5 5 5 6 5 4 240
7 Canada Patrick Dussault 8 10 9 9 4 6 5 5 9 8 10 Ret Ret 7 8 203
8 United Kingdom Jack Butel 11 14 12 13 12 12 9 10 8 10 8 7 8 9 7 175
9 United Kingdom Hayden Edmonds 11 8 10 8 9 7 9 9 111
10 India Tarun Reddy[N 1] 6 8 6 7 3 9 4 6 2 3 4 Ret 7 103
11 Greece Dimitris Papanastasiou 12 13 8 8 6 7 7 Ret 97
12 Finland Atte Lehtonen 9 11 10 10 11 11 DNS 11 75
13 United Kingdom Ben Barnicoat 5 5 5 60
14 Belgium Wolfgang Reip 7 6 14 41
15 United Kingdom Michael Epps 8 6 32
16 Finland Niklas Tiihonen 10 12 11 30
17 United Kingdom Samuel Oram-Jones 12 9 Ret 21
Pos Driver ROC DON BRH SNE CRO SIL Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Notes
  1. ^ Tarun Reddy was ineligible for points from the Brands Hatch round onwards, due to him competing with an Indian international licence.

References[edit]

  1. ^ David, Gruz (5 April 2014). "2014 Protyre Formula Renault season preview". Paddock Scout. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Oram-Jones to make single-seater debut with SWB in Protyre FR". Renaultsport UK (Renault Sport). 22 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Edmonds & Jinkawa sign eleventh hour deals for Donington". Renaultsport UK (Renault Sport). 28 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "BTCC support date confirmed for 2014 Protyre Formula Renault calendar". Protyre Formula Renault (Renault Sport UK). 8 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 

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