Fortec Motorsport will field a capacity four-car squad for the grand finale of the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship at Silverstone National Circuit next month, 15th/16th October, with the news the team has agreed a deal with multiple race winner James Theodore (Telford, Shropshire). The Daventry squad is delighted to bolster its presence in the category as Theodore makes his return to the series after a 6 month absence from racing.
Unable to acquire a full budget for the 2011 motor racing season, 19-year-old Theodore has been a frustrated spectator for the majority of the year. He did make an appearance in Formula Renault BARC back in May at Oulton Park, driving for MTech Lite, but since then the Oxford Brookes student has once more been on the sidelines.
Now though, with the funding in place for the high-profile season finale at Silverstone – where the series will run as support to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship and therefore benefit from superb live television coverage on ITV4 and ITV4 HD – Theodore is aiming to remind everyone of the pace and ability which took him to three race wins and third in the championship in 2010.
He said: “We’ve had a lot of the teams getting in touch to see what we were planning to do but with Kieran concentrating on Porsche, and so his car coming available with Fortec, this is a really good opportunity for us. They’ve been at the top all season so I’ve got no worries or concerns the car will be good. I’ll have a test the Wednesday before the race weekend to blow the cobwebs off.
“It’ll be good to be back racing in the championship, I’ve really missed it and it has been quite a while since the Oulton Park run. I’ve stayed in touch with the teams and done some driver coaching to try and keep in the game – I can’t wait to get back out there on track though.”
Steve Lynch, team manager of Fortec’s Protyre Formula Renault BARC squad, added: “Obviously we’re really pleased to have James joining us for the last two rounds at Silverstone. He’s proved in the past he can win and run at the front consistently so we’re hopeful he’ll have a couple of good results and score some good points.
“It’s always nice to have someone in the car able to hit the ground running and we’re sure he’ll be able to do just that. With his experience, James should be able to help push our other drivers on a bit more too – it’ll be good for the whole team, we’re really happy to have him onboard.”
Theodore will join Fortec’s existing line-up of Webster, Archie Hamilton (Hook, Hampshire) and Spain’s Victor Jimenez. His signing, added to the recent confirmation of a series debut for Anton Spires (Buckingham) with KG Motorsport, brings the expected entry list for Silverstone up to 20 – confirming Formula Renault BARC’s position as the UK’s strongest junior single-seater category.