Chris signs with MGR Motorsport

Protyre Formula Renault Championship front-runner Chris Middlehurst (St. Helens), second year competitor Tom Oliphant (Tarporley, Cheshire) and series newcomer Matteo Ferrer (Ipswich) are the first three drivers confirmed for MGR Motorsport’s 2013 assault on the 16-round season.

Chris signs with MGR Motorsport

Protyre Formula Renault Championship front-runner Chris Middlehurst (St. Helens), second year competitor Tom Oliphant (Tarporley, Cheshire) and series newcomer Matteo Ferrer (Ipswich) are the first three drivers confirmed for MGR Motorsport’s 2013 assault on the 16-round season.

With plans to field a four car squad currently in advanced stages, as the Bardon team continues discussions regarding its final vacant seat with a number of drivers, MGR is delighted to confirm its first three signings.

Middlehurst enjoyed a strong debut season in Protyre Formula Renault last year, ending the main campaign ninth overall with two podiums to his credit before going on to mount a strong challenge in the Winter Series where he took two further rostrums from the four races contested.

The 18-year-old, son of former racer Andy Middlehurst, will certainly be a championship challenger this season and will be aiming to secure his maiden race victory in the category. His best result so far of second place came during the opening weekend of the 2012 Winter Series.

Middlehurst Motorsport took the strategic decision to place Chris with the MGR Motorsport squad after achieving 4 podiums in 2012 despite the Middlehurst team having no prior knowledge of BARC Renault.  Team Manager and father of Chris, Andy Middlehurst, commented 'The current status of motorsport requires drivers to progress quickly through the ranks and we can't afford to suffer with 1 or 2 bad results that might cost us in the fight for the championship'.   Middlehurst added 'Our own engineers will still be hands on with Chris and running the car but we have to added backed up of years of experience from MGR'. 

Chris Middlehurst is widely regarding as the one to watch this year and is expected to mount a serious title challenge.  The early season commitment has been shown with a recent shakedown test at Donington and a 3 day test at Guadix, Spain. 

Written by Gary Finney at 00:00
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