Hillspeed Form Driver Development Partnership With Danish ASN

Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship team Hillspeed is delighted to confirm a prestigious new partnership with the Dansk Automobil Sports Union, a tie-up which will see the squad form an integral part of the Danish motorsport federation’s young driver development programme.While the main focus of the newly agreed working relationship is currently on 18-year-old star Jacob Nortoft, who made his Formula Renault BARC debut with Hillspeed during the season-opener last month, plans are also in place to provide a range of testing opportunities for other Danish racers.“It is very important for DASU to maintain a network of professional and dedicated partners”, said the federation’s Sports Director Bo Nielsen, “Hillspeed fits the bill perfectly with its experience, dedication and driver coach Ollie Hancock [2008 Formula Renault BARC Champion]. The Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship offers a cost efficient and competitive environment that is an ideal way for a young driver to start a career.”From Hillspeed’s perspective, the agreement with DASU is a hugely important step for its Formula Renault BARC squad – not only for the current season but also for 2013 and beyond as the team aims to solidify and build-on the existing arrangement.“We’re delighted to have agreed this high-profile partnership with the Dansk Automobil Sports Union”, said team principal Richard Ollerenshaw, “It’s a major development for Hillspeed and an arrangement which will hopefully see us bringing more and more of Denmark’s talented young racers to the UK to begin their car racing careers. Formula Renault BARC is the ideal proving ground.“Jacob is a hugely talented young driver and we’re certain he’s going to become one of the category front-runners in the not too distant future. The immediate plan in partnership with DASU is to help develop Jacob throughout the current season and then look at testing some other Danish drivers later in the year. We’re hopeful this will be a long and mutually rewarding agreement.”Nortoft, who resides in Vemmelev near Slagelse, will be back in action for the fourth and fifth rounds of the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship season this coming weekend, 19th/20th May, at Rockingham in Northamptonshire where he will team-up with British driver Marcus Allen.Following untimed practice on Friday, 18th May, qualifying will take place at 09.30 and 12.10 on Saturday. Both races will then be held on Sunday with round four getting underway at 10.55 and round five scheduled to start at 15.35.