James TheodoreFor round 11, Theodore started fourth on the grid with Al Harthy’s Oman Tourist Board, Sport Oman, Sultanate of Oman and Oman Air backed car on row three again in sixth position. Theodore made a good start to hold his top four placing but a collision between front-row starters Kieren Clark and Dino Zamparelli at Turn 1 elevated the Shropshire star into second position behind Josh Mulholland.

Al Harthy made an incredible getaway himself to climb into the top three behind his team-mate and following a one lap Safety Car period, necessary to clear away debris from the scene of the first corner incident, Theodore set about chasing down the race leader. In doing so, he posted the fastest lap of the race with a time of 1m20.091 seconds (87.20mph).

On the eighth tour though, Theodore pushed that little bit too hard going through Pif Paf and the resulting spin meant he slipped from his deserved second place to 15th position. Very disappointing for the Telford teenager, he battled back to an eventual finish of 12th. Al Harthy, meanwhile, slipped to fourth behind Brett Parris on the previous lap but with Theodore’s spin he moved back into third.
Speaking on the weekend, Hillspeed principal Richard Ollerenshaw said: “It’s great to be back on the podium, Ahmad did a good job and the weekend’s results certainly keep him in with a very good chance of the runner-up spot in the championship.

“James showed fantastic pace this weekend, setting the fastest lap in race two while he was catching (Josh) Mulholland was proof of that. He felt he could chase him down, and he was doing so by a couple of 10ths of a second per lap at that point, but he was just caught out. James is a true racer though, he showed spirit and although the non-finish was a shame his efforts can’t be criticised.”

Ollerenshaw added: “It’s disappointing we weren’t able to make more out of race one but we’re looking forward to the final rounds at Thruxton next month, we think we have a chance of some good results there. Ahmad’s certainly gone well at Thruxton in the past and James produced an impressive effort when we tested there.”

Hillspeed now has a five week break from competitive Formula Renault BARC Championship action with the aforementioned season finale, rounds 12 and 13, taking place at Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire on Sunday, 11th October.

During the sojourn in the lead up to the last two races of the campaign though, Hillspeed will begin an intensive test programme in readiness for the 2010 Formula Renault BARC Championship. After a meeting at the weekend with category organisers regarding next season and a series of proposed regulation changes, it has been confirmed the team can proceed with a series of test outings.

Provisional 2009 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Driver Standings (after Rd11):
4th Ahmad Al Harthy, 241pts; 9th James Theodore, 140pts; 18th Ellis Harkins, 34pts; 22nd Alexander Jeffrey, 19pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography