UK 2.0: Russell Racing Snetterton preview

RR WELCOMES BACK SHAWYER FOR SNETTERTON ENCOUNTER Matt Shawyer and Russell Racing will reunite at Snetterton this Saturday for the second round of the 2006 Formula Renault BARC Championship, the 23-year-old undoubtedly entering the weekend as...

RR WELCOMES BACK SHAWYER FOR SNETTERTON ENCOUNTER

Matt Shawyer and Russell Racing will reunite at Snetterton this Saturday for the second round of the 2006 Formula Renault BARC Championship, the 23-year-old undoubtedly entering the weekend as one of the favourites for outright success.

Having been firmly bitten by the Formula Renault BARC bug following a highly impressive category debut at Silverstone National Circuit last weekend, Shawyer has officially confirmed he will return to the Doncaster team's fold on Saturday for what he hopes will be one of several appearances this year in the championship's FR2000 Class.

The St Albans-based BRDC Rising Star, whose main priority this year is the Asian Formula Renault Championship, finished a tremendous second at Silverstone last Saturday, having only agreed a deal with Russell Racing at the 11th hour, and is now confident of making the successful partnership a winning one this weekend in Norfolk.

"I'm really looking forward to the race this weekend", commented Matt, "Silverstone was a great first race in Formula Renault BARC for both me and the team and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

"We all worked really well together and to be able to step straight into qualifying, without any testing, and for the car to feel as good as it did was a credit to the team. We had no problems at all at Silverstone and I'm very confident of our chances at Snetterton.

"Similar to the first round, we'll go straight into qualifying on Saturday but it's a circuit I enjoy, having raced there before in a Formula Ford and Formula Renault, and I'm confident we'll go well. I'll be aiming for the win that's for sure."

Russell Racing team manager Rob Croot, meanwhile, is delighted to welcome Shawyer back for round two of the season and the feeling among the camp is that a maiden victory is certainly within their grasp.

Croot added: "It's terrific to have Matt back on-board for this weekend. He was very impressive at Silverstone, his race-craft really was first class, so we're all feeling confident it'll be a good weekend for the whole team.

"Considering Matt qualified fifth during the last round and then finished the race in second position, I think if he can start a little further up the grid at Snetterton he'll stand a wonderful chance of achieving his, and our, first ever Formula Renault race win."

Shawyer last raced at Snetterton during the 11th and 12th rounds of the 2005 Formula Renault UK Championship and after unfortunately failing to finish the first outing, the Hertfordshire ace went on to record a highly creditable 13th place in round 12.

Following this Saturday's encounter, Shawyer is set to go on to make his competitive debut in the Asian Formula Renault series at the end of May. However, where gaps in the race calendar allow, and also depending on budget, he hopes to make further outings in Formula Renault BARC with Russell Racing through the course of the year.

Russell Racing's Formula Renault UK operation, meanwhile, was in action at Oulton Park Island Circuit yesterday (26th April) with driver Matt Russell taking part in official championship testing ahead of the third and fourth rounds of the season which will be held at the Cheshire venue on 13th/14th May.

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