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British Formula Renault Championship

The British Formula Renault Championship can refer to one of two championships, that has been held in the United Kingdom. The main series was 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 1
  • Formula Renault 2.0 UK 2
    • Graduate Cup 2.1
    • Weekend Format 2.2
    • Champions 2.3
    • Cancellation and demise 2.4
  • Protyre Formula Renault Championship 3
    • Weekend Format 3.1
    • Latest season 3.2
    • Champions 3.3
  • Teams Participating 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The "British Formula Renault Championship", was founded by the 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

Formula Renault 2.0 UK
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 Alex Lynn
Last Teams' champion Fortec Motorsports
Official website Formula Renault UK

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

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

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


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 Neil Riddiford Tarry Racing Not held
1990 Thomas Erdos Fortec Motorsport
1991 Bobby Verdon-Roe Fortec Motorsport
1992 Pedro de la Rosa Racing for Spain-Minister
1993 Ivan Arias Racing for Spain-Minister
1994 James Matthews Manor Motorsport
1995 Guy Smith Manor Motorsport
1996 David Cook DCCook Racing
1997 Marc Hynes Manor Motorsport
1998 Aluizio Coelho Manor Motorsport Antônio Pizzonia
1999 Antônio Pizzonia Manor Motorsport Kimi Räikkönen
2000 Kimi Räikkönen Manor Motorsport Mark McLoughlin
2001 Carl Breeze Motaworld Racing Robert Bell
2002 Danny Watts Fortec Motorsport Robert Bell
2003 Lewis Hamilton Manor Motorsport Jay Howard
2004 Mike Conway Fortec Motorsport Stuart Hall
2005 Oliver Jarvis Manor Motorsport Junior Strous
2006 Sebastian Hohenthal Fortec Motorsport Franck Mailleux
2007 Duncan Tappy Fortec Motorsport Richard Singleton[note 1]
2008 Adam Christodoulou CRS Racing James Calado
2009 Dean Smith Manor Competition Harry Tincknell
2010 Tom Blomqvist Fortec Motorsport Alex Lynn
2011 Alex Lynn Fortec Motorsports Oliver Rowland
  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

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 2013 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.


Season Champion Winter/Finals Champion
Formula Renault BARC
1995 David Henderson Not held
1996 Ian Astley
1997 Peter Clarke
1998 Nick Dudfield
1999 Elliot Lewis
2000 Jamie Beales
2001 Martin Wallbank
2002 Jeremy Smith
2003 James Gornall
2004 Nicky Wilson
2005 Nick Wilcox
2006 Richard Singleton
2007 Hywel Lloyd Hywel Lloyd
2008 Ollie Hancock James Theodore
2009 Kieren Clark Not held
2010 Alice Powell Josh Webster
2011 Dino Zamparelli Victor Jiminez
2012 Scott Malvern Seb Morris
Protyre Formula Renault Championship
2013 Chris Middlehurst Ben Barnicoat
2014 Pietro Fittipaldi

Teams Participating

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


  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".  
  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

Formula Renault 2.0 UK

  • Official website
  • Official Formula Renault UK media site

Formula Renault BARC

  • BARC Formula Renault official website website by Renault Sport UK
  • BARC Formula Renault official website website by BARC

Latest season

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
, 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: 2012 seasonThe 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

Weekend Format

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]

Protyre Formula Renault
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 Pietro Fittipaldi
Official website Formula Renault BARC
Current season

Protyre Formula Renault Championship


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