SNETTERTON TEST BOOSTS RUSSELL'S CONFIDENCE Formula Renault UK driver Matt Russell enjoyed a confidence boosting test at Snetterton today ahead of the ninth and 10th rounds of the season which will take place just under three weeks from now at...
SNETTERTON TEST BOOSTS RUSSELL'S CONFIDENCE
Formula Renault UK driver Matt Russell enjoyed a confidence boosting test at Snetterton today ahead of the ninth and 10th rounds of the season which will take place just under three weeks from now at Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire.
The 22-year-old Russell Racing star, who recorded a career best Formula Renault UK result of 13th position for his Doncaster-based teamat Knockhill during round seven just over a week ago, posted a best lap of 1m 06.105 seconds (106.30mph) at Snetterton this afternoon to end the official test just six 10ths of a second shy of the top 10.
Although losing some time through the Bomb Hole and Coram Curve series of corners at the 1.95 mile Norfolk circuit, Harlesden-based Matt ended the test rightly confident his overall position on the timesheets would have been firmly inside the top 15 again had the team chosen to use new tyres.
Commenting on the test, the 2005 Formula Renault BARC Vice-Champion said: "It's been a good day, we did especially well earlier in the test and for quite a while we were in the top 15. Considering we didn't use new tyres at all I'm very pleased with what we achieved and the car felt good, the team did a great job with the set-up.
"Our speed in the first half of the track is good but I was struggling to find time through the Bomb Hole and that, in turn, had a bit of a knock-on effect through Coram Curve and into the chicane.
"On the whole though, we're very happy with today's test and with new tyres we certainly would have been nicely into the top 15 at the end of the day. In truth, the tyres we were using were very old so if I could have improved at the Bomb Hole I would have been absolutely delighted with my pace on the whole."
Rounds nine and 10 of the 2006 Formula Renault UK Championship will take place at Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire on 15th/16th July with a pre-event test session scheduled for Friday, 14th July.
"I'm gaining in confidence every time I go out in the car", added Matt, "We're certainly looking forward to Croft now but the key for us will be qualifying. If we can get that right, we know our race pace is good and we'll be looking for another strong result."