Formula Renault UK organisers have been working hard over the winter to produce an exciting new format for race weekends that will attract more viewers, teams and drivers. Drivers will have to work hard in qualifying to be assured good starting positions in each race, and even then they might not be guaranteed it!
There will be three races each weekend. The first race will be a 15-minute sprint, and the second and third will be 30 minutes each. Drivers will start the third race based on their fastest times, the second race based on their second-fastest times, and the first race based on a draw which will work as follows:
- A position from 6-10 will be picked
- All places from first down to that position will be reversed
This is already used in BTCC for the final race of the weekend, but it may cause less havoc for drivers with only the first race being affected.
There will be a new class added to the series, called the Formula Renault Junior class. Teams will be able to run the pre-2010 chassis at a reduced entry fee. The champion of that class will be awarded £1000 amongst other prizes (a shiny watch and a race suit) to help in their career.
It is expected that grid sizes will be larger in 2012, which is good news after the typical 12-car entries from last season and the loss of Manor Competition. Mark Burdett Motorsport has already announced that Brazilian Gabriel Casegrande will be driving for them; Casegrande recently came 3rd in a 500 mile kart race organised by Rubens Barrichello.
Along with support for much of the BTCC rounds, FR UK will be attending the F3 Masters event at Zandvoort in July, and the F3/GT event at Silverstone in early September. Scots may be disappointed, however, as Knockhill is once again missed out. The season begins on March 31st at Brands Hatch.
Complete FR UK press release including calendar: http://frenaultuk.wordpress.com/2012/01/27/277/