UK 2.0: Russell Racing Oulton Park preview

Formula Renault UK team Russell Racing will be hoping for a turn around in fortunes at Oulton Park Island Circuit on 13th/14th May when the third and fourth rounds of the season get underway at the renowned Cheshire venue. Having celebrated a ...

Formula Renault UK team Russell Racing will be hoping for a turn around in fortunes at Oulton Park Island Circuit on 13th/14th May when the third and fourth rounds of the season get underway at the renowned Cheshire venue.

Having celebrated a brace of podium finishes from the opening two races of the sister Formula Renault BARC Championship within the last fortnight, spirits in the Doncaster team are high and it is hoped the outfit's Formula Renault UK operation will benefit from a renewed vigour when the championship resumes in 10 days time.

During the opening meeting of the Formula Renault UK season at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit last month, team driver Matt Russell salvaged some championship points from a very tough weekend and raced well, particularly in round one, after a difficult time in qualifying -- which included a high speed tyre failure.

Oulton Park Island Circuit will, of course, pose many different challenges than those of the short Brands Hatch Indy layout and after gaining some useful set-up knowledge during last week's official test at the Cheshire track, the team is targeting a top 15 position in qualifying for rounds three and four.

"I'm hopeful we should be able to achieve our target of the top 15", commented Harlesden-based Matt looking ahead to the Oulton Park race meeting, "But that's not to say we're complacent about the size of the task ahead of us.

"As a new team in Formula Renault UK we're on an upward learning curve but we've set high goals and we're certainly not there to just make up the numbers. Although Brands Hatch didn't return the results we would have liked, I was pleased with my racecraft and without our problems in qualifying I'm sure we would have been closer to the top 15.

"Oulton Park will be challenging but it's a fantastic circuit to drive and we're all feeling confident we have the opportunity to be more competitive than at Brands Hatch. I'm looking forward to the races and if we can improve our qualifying performance I think we stand a good chance of earning some vital championship points."

Official pre-event testing will take place on Friday, 12th May, qualifying and the third round of the season will be held on Saturday, 13th May, and round four is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 14th May -- the latter to be broadcast live at approximately 15.00 on digital satellite station Motors TV, channel 413 of the Sky Digital platform.

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Matt Russell