UK 2.0: Russell Racing Donington Park preview

Doncaster-based Russell Racing arrives at Donington Park, its most local circuit on the 2006 Formula Renault UK calendar, a week from now striving to build on the recent form which has seen the team return three top 16 results from the last four...

Doncaster-based Russell Racing arrives at Donington Park, its most local circuit on the 2006 Formula Renault UK calendar, a week from now striving to build on the recent form which has seen the team return three top 16 results from the last four races.

Having finished in a category career-best 13th place during round seven at Knockhill in June, and then following it up with 16th position in round eight, 22-year-old Matt Russell took a further top 16 result at Croft last weekend in the ninth round of the season but a broken front wing ended his hopes of continuing his run during round 10.

The Harlesden-based driver, who is only in his third full season of racing at any level, is looking forward to the Donington race meeting next weekend, 29th/30th July, and ever confident Russell Racing's maiden top 15 result is a realistic possibility.

"I'm looking forward to Donington", said Matt, "It's one of my favourite circuits and it'd be great to put on a good show at the team's local track. We were pleased with our pace at Croft on the whole but to suffer the damaged front wing in the second race spoilt what was otherwise quite a good weekend."

Official pre-season testing didn't see a visit to Donington Park for the Formula Renault UK competitors but Russell Racing, like almost every other rival team, did test a couple of times at the Leicestershire venue during the winter. That was in the cold and damp though so if the current hot spell continues, those test miles will be totally irrelevant.

Matt added: "The aim at Donington is to keep scoring points and to try and make our way into the lower teens in the championship standings. It'd be nice to start bridging the gap to the drivers ahead of me while also opening up a bit more of a points gap to those behind me in the table."

Russell Racing will return to the track a week today, Thursday, 27th July, for pre-event testing while qualifying for the 11th round of the season will take place at 10.35 on Saturday, 29th July, and round 12 qualifying is likely to start at around 15.10.

On raceday, Sunday, 30th July, round 11 will begin proceedings at 09.10 with the 12th round of the season expected to commence at 14.20. Both races will be covered live on Motors TV, available at channel 413 of the Sky Digital platform and through cable provider NTL on channel 173.

-www.russell-racing.com

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Matt Russell