CHALLENGING DONINGTON RACES AWAIT RUSSELL Matt Russell faces one of his biggest challenges of the 2006 Formula Renault UK season at Donington Park tomorrow having struggled during qualifying today ahead of the 11th and 12th rounds of the ...
CHALLENGING DONINGTON RACES AWAIT RUSSELL
Matt Russell faces one of his biggest challenges of the 2006 Formula Renault UK season at Donington Park tomorrow having struggled during qualifying today ahead of the 11th and 12th rounds of the championship.
The 22-year-old, who has produced a consistent haul of three top 16 results from the last four races, concluded today's two qualifying sessions at the venue's 1.95-mile National Circuit disappointed with 12th row grid starts for both of Sunday's races and knows he has a fight on his hands to push for championship points this weekend.
During this morning's round 11 qualifying session, the Harlesden-based driver set a lap of 1m 08. 097 seconds (103.47mph) which placed him 23rd on the timesheets while in the round 12 session a best lap three 10ths of a second slower sees the Russell Racing star begin the second of tomorrow's races from 24th on the grid.
"I'm very disappointed to be so far down the grid, especially as I've been looking forward to this race meeting at Donington as it is a circuit I enjoy", said Matt at the conclusion of one of his, and the Doncaster team's,most frustrating days of the year.
"For whatever reason, it just didn't come together at all today and I know I have to produce two excellent performances in each of Sunday's races to stand any chance of a couple of decent results.
"I know the car will be good, I just need to try and put today's disappointment behind me and focus on racing well. Qualifying has been a weakness for me this year and generally I've performed much better come raceday so hopefully that'll be the case tomorrow. It'll be tough but I'll be giving my all to try and score some good points."
Round 11 will take place tomorrow, Sunday, 30th July, at 09.10 with round 12 scheduled to start at 14.20. Both races will be broadcast live on Motors TV, channel 413 of the Sky Digital platform and through cable operator NTL on channel 173.