Manor Confirms Three-Car Entry For Protyre Formula Renault 2.0 'Finals Series'
Manor Competition has confirmed it will field an exciting three car line-up for the upcoming Protyre Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship 'Finals Series' which begins at Snetterton 300 Circuit in Norfolk this coming weekend, 5th/6th November. Podium finisher and consistent category front-runner Jordan King remains at the New Ollerton team for the six-round championship - previously known as the Winter Series - and will be joined by Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain race winner Nick McBride and Protyre Formula Renault BARC graduate Hector Hurst. Warwickshire 17-year-old King concluded his maiden campaign eighth in the Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship standings after a season in which he showed terrific pace, albeit one hampered by some serious misfortune. Desperately unlucky to miss out on a maiden race victory during round 11 of the main championship at Snetterton back in August, when he was punted out of the lead on the penultimate lap, King will be keen to put that right next weekend. Australian driver McBride arrived in the UK this year off the back of almost a full year-out from racing, having competed in his national Formula Ford series in 2009. Enjoying a hugely competitive maiden British Formula Ford campaign, the 20-year-old from Melbourne concluded the year a superb third overall after taking one race win and a string of podiums. He also celebrated rostrum success in the EuroCup series and finished third in the prestigious Formula Ford Festival. Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship graduate Hurst starred on his car racing debut back in April with a tremendous top five finish in the opening round of the season. Rapid throughout the campaign, the 19-year-old from Lymington in Hampshire rounded out the championship with a run of top finishes in which he matched his season's best with fifth place in the penultimate outing. "We're delighted to welcome Nick and Hector to the team and obviously very happy to continue working with Jordan for the Finals Series", said Manor Competition team principal Tony Shaw, "It looks like being the strongest ever entry for the championship, which is fantastic news, so we're looking forward to seeing how well our three guys go against such tough competition. "The standard is sure to be incredibly high but we're looking to redress the balance after such a difficult season in the main championship. We lost the chance of several podiums this year, and a first win for Jordan, due to some bad luck so hopefully we can put that to bed. We're hungrier than ever to compete for podiums and wins!" Snetterton will host the first four rounds of the 2011 Protyre Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship Finals Series this coming weekend with the remaining two races set to take place at Rockingham in Northamptonshire on Saturday, 12th November. Qualifying for rounds one and two will get underway at 09.25 on Saturday, 5th November, with race one beginning at 12.15 and race two following at 15.45. The qualifying session for rounds three and four will take place at 09.00 on Sunday, 6th November, with racing scheduled for 11.55 and 15.30.