British Formula Renault Championship

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The British Formula Renault Championship can refer to one of two championships, that has been held in the United Kingdom. The main series was Renault Sport UK's Formula Renault 2.0 UK championship which was held from 1989 up until 2011 and was generally recognized as the British Formula Renault championship. However, in March 2012 it was announced that the Formula Renault UK series would not take place in 2012,[1] with the series being ended definitively in September 2012.[2] A secondary championship organised by the British Automobile Racing Club and known as the Protyre Formula Renault Championship[3] has been held continuously since 1995. Up until 2012, the championship was known as the Formula Renault BARC Championship and is the only Formula Renault 2.0 championship currently operating in the United Kingdom.

History[edit]

The "British Formula Renault Championship", was founded by the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) in 1989. Renault Sport UK took over the organization of the championship from the following year. This championship was recognized as "British Formula Renault", although the official name of the championship was changed to the "Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship" in 2005. The BARC organized a second championship in 1995. From then, until 2011, two championships existed in the United Kingdom. However, the BARC championship differed from the UK championship in that it is a mainly amateur series. The BARC championship's Club Class uses old chassis previously used in the UK series. Renault Sport UK also supports the BARC series. In 2000, Tatuus replaced the chassis and it pioneered the modern one make racing series that is common today in GP2 Series, GP3 Series and Formula Renault 3.5 Series.

Several notable Formula One Drivers have raced in the series including Lewis Hamilton, Paul di Resta and Heikki Kovalainen but probably the biggest star from Formula Renault UK was Kimi Räikkönen, the champion in 2000, who made a successful debut in Formula One the next year. This brought keen attention to the different Formula Renault 2.0 Championships and became a chance to found new championships in Italy, Brazil and Asia. Both Räikkönen and then Hamilton went on to become Formula One World Champions in 2007 an 2008 respectively. It then became the reference championship for any aspiring single seater driver to compete in, especially in Western Europe.

Formula Renault 2.0 UK[edit]

Formula Renault 2.0 UK
FormulaRenaultLogo.jpg
Category Formula Renault 2.0
Open Wheel Racing
Country United Kingdom
Inaugural season 1989
Folded 2011
Constructors Barazi-Epsilon
Engine suppliers Renault
Last Drivers' champion United Kingdom Alex Lynn
Last Teams' champion United Kingdom Fortec Motorsports
Official website Formula Renault UK

The Renault Sport championship organised an annual regular series, supporting the British Touring Car Championship and UK round of the World Series by Renault, as well as a winter series. The regular series was the main championship and at its peak, held 20 races over 10 meetings. Originally known as Formula Renault UK the championship used engines of 1,721cc. Between 1995 and 1999 the championship was called Formula Renault Sport UK and used a 2,000cc 8V engine was used. Another name change in 2000 say the series known as Formula Renault 2000 UK before adopting Formula Renault 2.0 UK in 2005. Since 2000 the championship has used 2,000cc 16V engines. The French tyre manufacturer Michelin was the tyre supplier and the title sponsor of the series since 1992.

Several notable Formula One Drivers have raced in the series including Kimi Räikkönen, Lewis Hamilton, Paul di Resta and Heikki Kovalainen.

Graduate Cup[edit]

The UK Championship had a secondary class, known as the Graduate Cup. The scheme aimed to help young drivers enter the championship. The highest placed Graduate Cup driver for each round received a trophy on podium and the overall Graduate Cup winner received a discount on the entry fee for the Formula Renault 2.0 UK or Clio Cup UK championships. To be eligible to race in the Graduate Cup Class drivers had to have competed in no more than two Formula Renault 2.0 race meetings before the current season (except drivers who have previously taken part in the Formula Renault UK Winter Cup or have raced in the Formula Renault BARC Championship) and must be under 19 years of age.

Weekend Format[edit]

The weekend started with a Friday testing session at each venue. This was made up of two 25 minute sessions. Saturday consisted of Two 20 minute qualifying sessions which decided the grid for the two 30 minute races, with both held either on the Sunday or the first race on Saturday afternoon and the second race on Sunday. Drivers scored points down to 20th place with two points for fastest lap. Only the best 18 results counted towards the championship with points shared out using the following system:

Position Fastest Lap
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th
32 28 25 22 20 18 16 14 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 2

Champions[edit]

2008 Formula Renault 2.0 UK Champion Adam Christodoulou.
2009 Formula Renault 2.0 UK Champion Dean Smith.
Season Champion Team Champion Winter/Finals Champion
1989 United Kingdom Neil Riddiford United Kingdom Tarry Racing Not held
1990 Brazil Thomas Erdos United Kingdom Fortec Motorsport
1991 United Kingdom Bobby Verdon-Roe United Kingdom Fortec Motorsport
1992 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Spain Racing for Spain-Minister
1993 Spain Ivan Arias Spain Racing for Spain-Minister
1994 United Kingdom James Matthews United Kingdom Manor Motorsport
1995 United Kingdom Guy Smith United Kingdom Manor Motorsport
1996 United Kingdom David Cook United Kingdom DCCook Racing
1997 United Kingdom Marc Hynes United Kingdom Manor Motorsport
1998 Brazil Aluizio Coelho United Kingdom Manor Motorsport Brazil Antônio Pizzonia
1999 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Manor Motorsport Finland Kimi Räikkönen
2000 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom Manor Motorsport United Kingdom Mark McLoughlin
2001 United Kingdom Carl Breeze United Kingdom Motaworld Racing United Kingdom Robert Bell
2002 United Kingdom Danny Watts United Kingdom Fortec Motorsport United Kingdom Robert Bell
2003 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Manor Motorsport United Kingdom Jay Howard
2004 United Kingdom Mike Conway United Kingdom Fortec Motorsport United Kingdom Stuart Hall
2005 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis United Kingdom Manor Motorsport Netherlands Junior Strous
2006 Sweden Sebastian Hohenthal United Kingdom Fortec Motorsport France Franck Mailleux
2007 United Kingdom Duncan Tappy United Kingdom Fortec Motorsport United Kingdom Richard Singleton[note 1]
2008 United Kingdom Adam Christodoulou United Kingdom CRS Racing United Kingdom James Calado
2009 United Kingdom Dean Smith United Kingdom Manor Competition United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
2010 United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist United Kingdom Fortec Motorsport United Kingdom Alex Lynn
2011 United Kingdom Alex Lynn United Kingdom Fortec Motorsports United Kingdom Oliver Rowland
Notes
  1. ^ Valtteri Bottas won three of the four races and placed second on the final race, but did not gain any championship points, as he did not have a license for the series.

Cancellation and demise[edit]

In March 2012, it was announced that the Formula Renault UK series would not take place in 2012. This was due to a low number of entries to the championship after only receiving six confirmed competitors.[1] Originally, it was planned by series promoter Stéphane Ratel Organisation that the championship would take a one year hiatus, leading to a re-launch in 2013. However, it was reported in the media that the series was ended definitively in September 2012.[2]

Protyre Formula Renault Championship[edit]

Protyre Formula Renault
Formula-renault-BARC-logo.jpg
Category Formula Renault 2.0
Open Wheel Racing
Country United Kingdom
Inaugural season 1995
Drivers 39 (2012)
Teams 15 (2012)
Constructors Tatuus
Engine suppliers Renault
Tyre suppliers Michelin by Protyre
Drivers' champion United Kingdom Chris Middlehurst
Official website Formula Renault BARC
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

The current championship, organized by the British Automobile Racing Club, began in 1995 as a rival to the Renault Sport UK championship. The series was named Formula Renault BARC Championship to distinguish itself from the Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship. Most of the regulations relating to the cars are the same as the UK series, but the cars have fixed gear ratios, an intake restrictor to limit engine wear, and are limited to one new set of tyres per outing. The championship currently uses the older Formula Renault Tatuus chassis first introduced to Formula Renault racing in 2000 and updated in 2007, which makes the championship a viable prospect to drivers with lower levels of budget and funding. With the collapse of the Renault Sport championship in early 2012,[1] the BARC Championship became the prominent Formula Renault Championship in the United Kingdom and from 2013, took the name Protyre Formula Renault Championship, dropping the BARC tag after its growth into one of the leading national single seater championships in Great Britain.[3]

Weekend Format[edit]

The weekend starts with a general testing session on the Friday. This was made up of two 25 minute sessions. Qualifying is held on Saturday and consists of two 20 minute sessions which decide the grid for the two 30 mile races, with both races held on the Sunday. During the 2012 season, triple header events were introduced. Qualifying for race one and two remains the same, however the race three grid is decided by the second fastest time set during the second qualifying session. During triple header weekends, the first race is held on Saturday with the remaining two races held on the Sunday. Drivers score points down to 20th place with two points for fastest lap. All rounds, less one, count towards the championship with points shared out using the following system:

Position Fastest Lap
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th
32 28 25 22 20 18 16 14 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 2

Latest season[edit]

The 2013 Protyre Formula Renault Championship will be the 19th Championship organized by the British Automobile Racing Club and the second year as the UK's only premier Formula Renault 2.0 championship. The season will begin at Donington Park on 14 April and end on 29 September at Silverstone Circuit. The series will form part of the BARC club racing meetings and will expand from fourteen to sixteen rounds at six events all held in England, with four triple header events.

Champions[edit]

Season Champion Winter/Finals Champion
Formula Renault BARC
1995 United Kingdom David Henderson Not held
1996 United Kingdom Ian Astley
1997 United Kingdom Peter Clarke
1998 United Kingdom Nick Dudfield
1999 United Kingdom Elliot Lewis
2000 United Kingdom Jamie Beales
2001 United Kingdom Martin Wallbank
2002 United Kingdom Jeremy Smith
2003 United Kingdom James Gornall
2004 United Kingdom Nicky Wilson
2005 United Kingdom Nick Wilcox
2006 United Kingdom Richard Singleton
2007 United Kingdom Hywel Lloyd United Kingdom Hywel Lloyd
2008 United Kingdom Ollie Hancock United Kingdom James Theodore
2009 United Kingdom Kieren Clark Not held
2010 United Kingdom Alice Powell United Kingdom Josh Webster
2011 United Kingdom Dino Zamparelli Spain Victor Jiminez
2012 United Kingdom Scott Malvern United Kingdom Seb Morris
Protyre Formula Renault Championship
2013 United Kingdom Chris Middlehurst United Kingdom Ben Barnicoat

Teams Participating[edit]

The Scorpio Motorsport team at Donington Park in 2008.

The following teams have competed in either the Renault Sport Championship or the BARC Championship.

  • Antel Motorsport
  • Apotec Scorpio
  • Cliff Dempsey Racing
  • Core Motorsport
  • Cullen Motorsport
  • CRS Racing
  • Falcon Motorsport
  • Fortec Motorsport
  • Hillspeed
  • Jamun Racing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Paice, Simon (2012-03-19). "Formula Renault UK Axed for 2012". The Checkered Flag. Black Eagle Media Network. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  2. ^ a b Bradley, Charles, ed. (27 September 2012). "No TOCA return for Renault". Autosport (Teddington, Middlesex: Haymarket Publications) 209 (13): p. 79. "The decision to end Formula Renault UK brings down the final curtain on a series that ran continuously in Britain from 1989 until the end of 2011 – with a number of Formula 1 drivers, including world champions Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Räikkönen, racing in the championship early in their careers." 
  3. ^ a b "Protyre Formula Renault expands to 16 rounds for 2013". Renaultsport UK (Renault Sport). 14 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 

External links[edit]

Formula Renault 2.0 UK

Formula Renault BARC