Ahmad Al HarthyDerbyshire-based Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship team Hillspeed heads into the season finale at Thruxton Circuit this coming Sunday, 11th October, aiming for nothing less than podium finishes for front-running drivers Ahmad Al Harthy and James Theodore.

With a total of 64 points up for grabs over the course of the 12th and 13th rounds of the year, there’s everything to play for at the Hampshire speed-bowl in terms of the driver standings with 28-year-old Al Harthy currently just four points shy of the coveted Vice-Champion’s position.

The Middle Eastern racer, who is supported by Oman Air, Oman Tourist Board, Sport Oman and Sultanate of Oman, has been a consistent podium challenger season-long. To date in 2009 he has secured four rostrums and only finished outside the top six on one occasion – an eighth place result during round seven at Donington Park.

Telford teenager Theodore is battling hard to conclude his first full season of car racing action inside the championship top six. Heading into the Thruxton races, the 17-year-old is 16 points shy of Don De Graaff but Kourosh Khani and Archie Hamilton are also likely to have a say in this particular scrap.

Reigning Formula Renault BARC Winter Champion Theodore, who is backed by Liberty Properties, has shown excellent pace in his first full campaign in single-seaters and after coming tantalisingly close to achieving his first podium of the year at Rockingham last time out, he’s hungry to climb the rostrum at Thruxton next Sunday.

An important point to remember is the fact all competitors will have to ‘drop’ their lowest score of the season before final points totals are calculated. This championship regulation could therefore have a pivotal bearing on the end-of-season placings.

Looking forward to the weekend, Hillspeed team principal Richard Ollerenshaw said: “Thruxton is always a circuit that provides good racing and we’ve gone well there before, Ahmad taking pole position last year for example, so hopes are high for a strong finish to the season. We have a great chance of clinching the Vice-Champion’s position with Ahmad but it’s going to be a tight battle.

“James has shown great pace this year but has been compromised by quite a bit of bad luck. Last time out at Rockingham he was well on course for his debut podium before an unfortunate spin and although he hasn’t had much running at Thruxton, we’re confident he’ll be quick.”

Qualifying for the final two races of the 2009 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship season will take place at Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire this Sunday, 11th October, at 10.45. Round 12 will commence at approximately 12.55 with round 13 following at around 16.00.

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 Ebery Photography.