2012 Formula Renault BARC season

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2012 Formula Renault BARC
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The Protyre 2012 Formula Renault BARC season 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 conform to the technical regulations for the championship. The 2012 season was the 18th Formula Renault BARC Championship; the season began at Snetterton 200 on 7 April and ended on 7 October at Silverstone, after fourteen races, all held in England.

Following a second-place finish in the final race at Silverstone, Scott Malvern secured the championship title after achieving three victories during the season and eleven podiums in total, driving for Cliff Dempsey Racing in the opening half of the season and Cullen Motorsport thereafter. MGR Motorsport driver Josh Webster finished the season as runner-up for the second consecutive year; although he won five races – tied for most wins in the season along with Fortec Motorsport's Seb Morris – during the campaign, a less consistent finishing record allowed Malvern to take the title by 33 points via dropped scores. Morris was third at the end of the season, having started half of the season's races from pole position in his first year in the series having graduated from Ginetta Juniors. The only other race winner was Webster's team-mate David Wagner, who finished fourth in the championship.

Teams and drivers[edit]

2012 Entry List[1]
Team No. Driver Rounds
Middlehurst Motorsport 2 United Kingdom Chris Middlehurst All
Cliff Dempsey Racing 3 United States Trent Hindman 1–3
4 United Kingdom Scott Malvern 1–3
22 United States Falco Wauer 5
23 United States Matthew Brabham 6
42 United Kingdom James Theodore 4
Cullen Motorsport 4 United Kingdom Scott Malvern 4–6
17 United Kingdom Ryan Cullen 6
Antel Motorsport 5 Russia Ivan Taranov 1–5
6 United Kingdom Raoul Owens All
7 United Kingdom Tom Oliphant All
8 United Kingdom Henry Chart All
18 United Kingdom Jake Hughes 6
Scorpio Motorsport 5 Russia Ivan Taranov 6
16 Brazil Henrique Baptista All
20 United Kingdom Macaulay Walsh All
MGR Motorsport 9 United Kingdom Josh Webster All
25 United Kingdom Jake Dalton All
43 United Kingdom David Wagner All
66 United Kingdom James Fletcher All
RPD Motorsport 10 Nigeria Ovie Iroro 2
Hillspeed United Kingdom Matt Rao 6
15 United Kingdom Struan Moore 5–6
28 United Kingdom Kieran Vernon 2–6
44 Denmark Jacob Nortoft 1–5
49 United Kingdom Marcus Allen 1–2
MTECH Lite 11 Lebanon Joe Ghanem 2–6
12 Lebanon Shahan Sarkissian 2–6
33 United Kingdom Sean Walkinshaw[2] All
36 Mexico Jorge Cevallos All
ACS Motorsport 13 United Kingdom Oliver Sirrell 1–5
Fortec Motorsports 21 United Kingdom Laura Tillett[3] All
26 Mexico Diego Menchaca All
31 United Kingdom Seb Morris All
88 China Martin Cao[4] All
SWB Motorsport 24 Norway Tommy Ostgaard 6
27 United Kingdom Jack Dex 1–2, 6
JWA-Avila 30 United Kingdom Michael Epps All
55 United Kingdom Matt Tiffin All
National College for Motorsport 32 United Kingdom Max Robinson 6
Core Motorsport 50 United Kingdom Anton Spires 6

Race calendar and results[edit]

The series will form part of the BARC club racing meetings and will expand to fourteen rounds at six events, with two triple header events. A provisional calendar was released on 10 November 2011, with the final round still to be confirmed. This first provisional calendar showed Snetterton and Brands Hatch as the season opening triple headers.[5] A revised provisional calendar was released on 2 December 2011, adding Silverstone as the final round, in support of the British Touring Car Championship. The round at Brands Hatch was replaced in favour of a round at Thruxton. The calendar also had major date changes, with the triple header events moved to Snetterton,[6] and Donington Park.

Round Circuit Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team
1 R1 Snetterton 200 7 April United Kingdom Seb Morris United Kingdom Scott Malvern United Kingdom Josh Webster MGR Motorsport
R2 8 April United Kingdom Seb Morris United Kingdom Seb Morris United Kingdom Seb Morris Fortec Motorsport
R3 United Kingdom Seb Morris United Kingdom Scott Malvern United Kingdom Scott Malvern Cliff Dempsey Racing
2 R4 Rockingham Motor Speedway 20 May United Kingdom Seb Morris United Kingdom Scott Malvern United Kingdom Seb Morris Fortec Motorsport
R5 United Kingdom Seb Morris United Kingdom Seb Morris United Kingdom Seb Morris Fortec Motorsport
3 R6 Thruxton Circuit 17 June United Kingdom Josh Webster United Kingdom Josh Webster United Kingdom Scott Malvern Cliff Dempsey Racing
R7 United Kingdom Josh Webster United Kingdom Scott Malvern United Kingdom Josh Webster MGR Motorsport
4 R8 Croft Circuit 22 July United Kingdom Josh Webster United Kingdom Josh Webster United Kingdom Josh Webster MGR Motorsport
R9 United Kingdom David Wagner United Kingdom Scott Malvern United Kingdom Josh Webster MGR Motorsport
5 R10 Donington Park (National) 18 August United Kingdom Josh Webster United Kingdom Josh Webster United Kingdom Josh Webster MGR Motorsport
R11 19 August United Kingdom Scott Malvern United Kingdom Scott Malvern United Kingdom Scott Malvern Cullen Motorsport
R12 United Kingdom David Wagner United Kingdom Seb Morris United Kingdom David Wagner MGR Motorsport
6 R13 Silverstone Circuit 6 October United Kingdom Seb Morris United Kingdom Seb Morris United Kingdom Seb Morris Fortec Motorsport
R14 7 October United Kingdom Seb Morris United Kingdom Scott Malvern United Kingdom Seb Morris Fortec Motorsport

Championship standings[edit]

A driver's best 13 scores counted towards the championship, with any other points being discarded.

Pos Driver SNE ROC THR CRO DON SIL Points
1 United Kingdom Scott Malvern 13 3 1 2 2 1 5 4 2 2 1 2 3 2 368
2 United Kingdom Josh Webster 1 2 2 13 20 2 1 1 1 1 4 6 2 13 335
3 United Kingdom Seb Morris 6 1 5 1 1 10 Ret Ret 11 Ret 5 3 1 1 274
4 United Kingdom David Wagner 2 4 6 6 Ret 6 Ret 6 3 7 2 1 Ret 5 243
5 United Kingdom Kieran Vernon 4 5 3 2 2 5 6 7 7 7 3 236
6 United Kingdom Macaulay Walsh 3 7 4 5 10 5 3 Ret 17 4 8 4 10 22 214
7 United Kingdom James Fletcher Ret 5 7 3 3 18 8 3 8 8 6 12 9 9 210
8 United Kingdom Jake Dalton 5 Ret 3 7 12 4 4 13 Ret 5 10 8 14 8 192
9 United Kingdom Chris Middlehurst 11 14 15 Ret Ret DNS 11 11 10 3 3 5 5 Ret 147
10 Russia Ivan Taranov 9 6 16 18 7 9 9 14 12 Ret 19 19 8 4 142
11 Mexico Diego Menchaca 8 8 9 10 13 19 Ret 7 6 11 18 15 12 Ret 130
12 Mexico Jorge Cevallos 14 Ret 11 16 14 7 6 9 7 Ret 12 13 Ret 10 123
13 United Kingdom Michael Epps 19 15 13 15 21 Ret DNS 10 Ret 9 9 9 4 7 112
14 China Martin Cao Ret 12 12 8 4 22 7 DNS 15 Ret 13 11 25 18 100
15 Denmark Jacob Nortoft Ret Ret DNS 9 8 14 15 Ret 9 10 11 10 87
16 United Kingdom Tom Oliphant 18 17 17 17 17 13 10 Ret 13 14 14 18 20 20 73
17 United Kingdom Jack Dex 7 9 10 Ret Ret 11 6 71
18 United Kingdom Sean Walkinshaw 17 13 20 19 16 15 17 8 18 13 21 Ret Ret 12 71
19 United Kingdom Raoul Owens 10 11 24 12 11 8 Ret Ret Ret 12 24 NC 23 19 70
20 Brazil Henrique Baptista 12 19 19 24 19 21 13 16 Ret 18 Ret 17 NC 11 51
21 United Kingdom James Theodore 5 4 42
22 United Kingdom Matt Tiffin 15 Ret 18 22 15 17 19 15 Ret 17 22 21 21 21 38
23 Lebanon Joe Ghanem Ret Ret 16 18 12 Ret 20 16 14 18 Ret 36
24 United Kingdom Oliver Sirrell 16 16 21 21 22 11 14 18 Ret 21 Ret 23 35
25 United Kingdom Marcus Allen 21 Ret 14 14 9 31
26 United Kingdom Laura Tillett 20 18 22 20 18 DNS DNS 19 16 Ret 17 20 22 25 24
27 United Kingdom Struan Moore 19 23 16 13 17 21
28 United Kingdom Henry Chart 22 Ret 23 23 24 Ret 16 20 14 15 20 24 27 24 21
29 Lebanon Shahan Sarkissian Ret 23 20 Ret 17 Ret 16 15 22 26 Ret 17
30 United Kingdom Jake Hughes 24 15 7
31 Norway Tommy Ostgaard 15 Ret 7
32 United Kingdom Matt Rao 16 Ret 6
33 United Kingdom Anton Spires Ret 16 6
34 United Kingdom Ryan Cullen 17 23 5
35 United Kingdom Max Robinson 19 Ret 3
United States Falco Wauer Ret Ret Ret 0
Nigeria Ovie Iroro DNS DNS 0
Ineligible drivers
United States Trent Hindman 4 10 8 11 6 12 12 0
United States Matthew Brabham 6 14 0
Pos Driver SNE ROC THR CRO DON SIL Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (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)

Formula Renault BARC Winter Series[edit]

The 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Winter Series with Michelin will be the 15th British Formula Renault Winter Series and the first season without the Formula Renault 2.0 UK championship, making this the first BARC championship only winter series. The series will commence at Brands Hatch on 20–21 October and end at Rockingham on 10 November, after four races at two rounds held in England.[7]

Teams and drivers[edit]

The series organisers announced a 19 car grid on 18 October 2012, for the opening round of the winter series, with more cars expected for the Rockingham round.[8]

Team No. Driver Rounds
Middlehurst Motorsport GTR 2 United Kingdom Chris Middlehurst All
MGR Motorsport 4 Sweden Gustav Malja 1
8 United Kingdom Jake Hughes 2
14 United Kingdom Matt Mason All
15 United Kingdom Tom Oliphant 2
Cliff Dempsey Racing
(Team USA)[N 1]
5 Australia Olly Rae All
23 United States Matthew Brabham All
Cullen Motorsport 7 United Kingdom Ryan Cullen 1
MTech Lite 9 Lebanon Joe Ghanem All
13 Lebanon Shahan Sarkissian 2
33 United Kingdom Sean Walkinshaw All
Hillspeed 10 United Kingdom Matthew Rao All
21 United Kingdom George Gamble All
Core Motorsport 11 Russia Ivan Taranov All
30 United Kingdom Michael Epps All
Fortec Motorsport 12 United Kingdom Jack Aitken All
16 Indonesia Patric Armand 2
26 United Kingdom Laura Tillett 1
31 United Kingdom Seb Morris All
88 China Hongwei Cao All
Jamun Racing Services 17 United Kingdom Luke Williams All
SWB Motorsport 27 United Kingdom Cameron Twynham All
Kingdom Motorsport 50 United Kingdom Anton Spires 1
  1. ^ Matthew Brabham competed with the Team USA Banner

Race calendar and results[edit]

The calendar was announced by the championship organisers on 7 September 2012, with the first round at Brands Hatch in support of the British Touring Car Championship.[7]

Round Circuit Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team
1 R1 Brands Hatch GP 20 October United Kingdom Matt Mason United Kingdom Matt Mason United Kingdom Seb Morris Fortec Motorsport
R2 21 October United Kingdom Jack Aitken United Kingdom Matt Mason United Kingdom Matt Mason MGR Motorsport
2 R3 Rockingham Motor Speedway 10 November United Kingdom Seb Morris United Kingdom Seb Morris United Kingdom Seb Morris Fortec Motorsport
R4 United Kingdom Seb Morris United Kingdom Jack Aitken[N 1] United Kingdom Jack Aitken Fortec Motorsport
Notes
  1. ^ Aitken achieved the fastest lap among championship competitors, as Matthew Brabham set the fastest lap of the race, but was ineligible to score the two championship points on offer.

Championship standings[edit]

Pos Driver BRH ROC Points
1 United Kingdom Seb Morris 1 4 1 4 113
2 United Kingdom Jack Aitken 2 3 3 1 112
3 United Kingdom Matt Mason 6 1 5 3 104
4 United Kingdom Chris Middlehurst 3 2 4 6 95
5 China Hongwei Cao 7 9 2 5 82
6 United Kingdom Cameron Twynham 10 6 10 12 54
7 United Kingdom George Gamble 8 7 Ret 8 50
8 Russia Ivan Taranov 15 Ret 6 7 43
9 United Kingdom Sean Walkinshaw 12 14 13 10 39
10 United Kingdom Michael Epps 4 Ret Ret 9 36
11 Australia Olly Rae 14 10 12 18 34
12 United Kingdom Ryan Cullen 9 8 30
13 Lebanon Joe Ghanem Ret 11 11 14 30
14 United Kingdom Jake Hughes 8 13 23
15 United Kingdom Tom Oliphant 7 16 22
16 United Kingdom Anton Spires 11 13 20
17 United Kingdom Laura Tillett 13 12 19
18 United Kingdom Luke Williams Ret 15 Ret 15 14
19 Lebanon Shahan Sarkissian 14 17 13
20 United Kingdom Matt Rao DNS DNS Ret 11 11
Sweden Gustav Malja Ret Ret 0
Ineligible drivers
United States Matthew Brabham 5 5 9 2 0
Indonesia Patric Armand Ret Ret 0
Pos Driver BRH ROC Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paice, Simon (8 March 2012). "Renault BARC Set For Bumper 2012 Grid". The Checkered Flag. BlackEagleMedia Network. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Turner, Kevin (23 February 2012). Bradley, Charles, ed. "Ginetta champ Morris closes in on single-seater move after Fortec run". Autosport. Teddington, Middlesex: Haymarket Publications. 207 (8): 83. Reigning Ginetta Junior champion Seb Morris is closing in on a deal to move into single-seaters this season in Formula Renault BARC...Meanwhile, rival squad MTECH Lite has signed Sean Walkinshaw for this season and is hoping to run James Thorp alongside him. 
  3. ^ Turner, Kevin (1 March 2012). Bradley, Charles, ed. "Fortec seat for kart ace Tillett". Autosport. Teddington, Middlesex: Haymarket Publications. 207 (9): 82. World Championship kart racer Laura Tillett will graduate to single-seaters this season in Formula Renault BARC. The 20-year-old daughter of renowned kart-seat manufacturer Steve Tillett will drive for the Fortec Motorsports team that ran Josh Webster to the runner-up spot in last season's FR BARC championship. 
  4. ^ "2012 is go go go!". Fortec Motorsport. WordPress. 18 January 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Impressive Fourteen Round Provisional 2012 Calendar Revealed". Renaultsport UK. Renault Sport. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "TOCA Support Date For 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Finale". Renaultsport UK. Renault Sport. 2 December 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "BTCC finale support date for Formula Renault BARC Winter Series". Renaultsport UK. Renault Sport. 7 September 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Twenty-car grid for Protyre Formula Renault BARC Winter Series". Renaultsport UK. Renault Sport. 18 October 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 

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