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A British Young gun wins in England-- With a French team The British round of the World Series by Renault attracted a massive audience of 135.000 spectators and produced action-packed races throughout the week-end at Donington Park. On his...

A British Young gun wins in England-- With a French team

The British round of the World Series by Renault attracted a massive audience of 135.000 spectators and produced action-packed races throughout the week-end at Donington Park.

On his home ground, SG Formula's Jon Lancaster secured the first pole position of his single seater career, and took his maiden race win on Saturday. The 2005 World Karting Championship runner-up finished 4th on Sunday to rocket up 10 places in the Eurocup championship table. He sits fourth alongside team-mate Charles Pic.

"We felt Jon was on the way up after he scored his first podium finish in Hungary" team-manager Stephane Guerin said. "To win in England is fantastic for the public, the team and, above all, Jon's family and friends. He clocked a very fast qualifying time, especially in the tricky sector two. On Saturday, championship leader Brendon Hartley put him under pressure, but he drove a fast and consistent race and led from lights to flag."

Alexandre Marsoin scored his first Eurocup points by finishing fourth and sixth. "It was a good week-end for Alex. He qualified fifth twice, and stayed out of trouble among the leading pack. In race two, he struggled a bit with tyres, which caused him to lose one place."

Charles Pic was 10th in the collective tests, then improved his pace to qualify 6th for both races. On Saturday, he made a good start but a damaged front left tyre resulted in massive understeering, and he had to be content with tenth. "On Sunday, Charles was attacked by Kechele, who savagely pushed him into a spin in the middle of the pack, and caused a horrific crash. We must wait and see if the officials will draw conclusions from what happened. Charles's car is a wreck; we have to build a new one for Magny-Cours with a spare tub. I am very disappointed, because Charles has been out of luck since he won at the Nurburgring, but we are positive because the speed is there. He is still the only rookie driver in the Top five of the Eurocup" Stephane Guerin explained.

"The team performed very well this week-end. None of our drivers had raced or practiced at Donington Park before. We managed to quickly adapt to the track. I think we are in a position to take more victories in the next races" Stephane Guerin added.

SG Formula is looking forward to racing on home soil at Magny-Cours, on September 22-23. It will be a busy week-end for the team, who is also involved in the French Championship. Jules Bianchi is the current leader of the Formula Renault 2.0 national series.

-credit: sgf

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Brendon Hartley , Alexandre Marsoin , Charles Pic , Jon Lancaster , Jules Bianchi