Friday, 14 October 2011

Robinson debuts in cars with Formula Renault BARC


Max Robinson heads to his car racing debut at
Silverstone

Karting graduate Max Robinson (Northampton) will make his car racing debut during the final event of the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship this weekend, 15th/16th October, at Silverstone National Circuit – the biggest race meeting in the category’s history.

Running on the support package of the high-profile British Touring Car Championship, the last two rounds of the Formula Renault BARC season will be witnessed by tens of thousands of spectators at trackside and hundreds of thousands more through the live broadcast on ITV4 and ITV4 HD.

Newcomer Robinson, who will make his single-seater debut in a car entered by students from the National College for Motorsport, is relishing the prospect of competing at such a huge national event and intends to make the most of the opportunity.

The 19-year-old, who away from the racetrack is a CNC Machine Programmer for AEM Products, a provider of composites for the FIA Formula One World Championship, comes fresh to cars from a top level karting background and couldn’t have picked a bigger event in which to take his first race miles.

“I’m really looking forward to the weekend”, said Robinson, “Everything will be completely new to me, I’ve not even done a standing start before, but I’m excited about the whole experience. I’ve had a few test days at Silverstone and Rockingham, they’ve gone well but I know the race weekend will be really tough. If I can just bring the car home in both races I’ll be happy.”

Following on from the recent deal announcement for Anton Spires (Buckingham) and the return to action of multiple race winner James Theodore (Telford, Shropshire), Robinson’s signing brings the number of entries for rounds 11 and 12 of the season up to 22 – confirming the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship’s place as the best subscribed junior single-seater category in the UK.

Dino Zamparelli (Bristol), a recently announced finalist for the hugely prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, goes into the weekend leading the driver standings by 19 points from Josh Webster (Stowmarket, Suffolk). James Thorp (Evesham, Worcestershire) and Kourosh Khani (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire) are the other two drivers mathematically in with a chance of the championship.

Qualifying and round 11 of the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship will take place on Saturday, 15th October, at 11.20 and 16.35 respectively. Round 12, which is to be screened live on Freeview, digital satellite and cable channel ITV4, and in High Definition on ITV4 HD, will commence at 13.45 on Sunday, 16th October. Live streaming will also be available at www.itv.com/touringcars