Bardon, Leicestershire, UK -- 3 September 2007: The AKA Cobra team is back at home at Donington Park this weekend for the second of two visits to the East Midlands track. This time the Formula Renault Championship will use the full Grand Prix ...
Bardon, Leicestershire, UK -- 3 September 2007: The AKA Cobra team is back at home at Donington Park this weekend for the second of two visits to the East Midlands track. This time the Formula Renault Championship will use the full Grand Prix Circuit as they are racing in support of the World Series by Renault.
The World Series attracts a capacity crowd to Donington every year and all eyes will be on the young racers as they fight for championship positions as the season nears its end.
Andrew Kirkaldy, Team Principal:
"I'm confident that we can get a good result at Donington. We have had a bit of a turnaround in recent races and I know that all of my drivers can get the job done this weekend. I am even missing one of my own FIA GT races to be there so let's hope I'm still smiling at the end of the weekend!"
Adam Christodoulou (currently 4th in Championship standings and 1st in Graduate Cup):
"The last event at Donington was a bit of a rollercoaster weekend for me. The positive thing that came out last time is that I found I was a lot more confident in overtaking and found a bit more pace in the second race. I'm hoping and I'm sure that I will be able to get on the podium this weekend. Everything seems to be going in the right direction: I've found some pace and confidence in myself and the team has been working extremely hard. We've had some strong finishes in the last few rounds and closed the gap up a few points in the championship. Unfortunately there aren't too many rounds left so my goal is to try my best and grab third place in the championship. I went to watch my team race last year and the atmosphere was immense! The amount of people that turned up was unbelievable, but this year there are going to be even more! This will be my biggest meeting I will have raced at, and I'm sure it's going to be extremely action-packed."
Jeremy Metcalfe (currently 6th in Championship standings):
"Donington should be good, it's a great circuit and I enjoy racing there so hopefully we'll hit the ground running in testing on Wednesday. I really want to end the season on a high note over the last couple of race meetings and while I'd love to take some more wins, if I can be on the podium in both Donington races I'll be pleased. The crowd at the World Series event last year was huge, it's a superb event to be part of and it'd be great to take some good results with so many people watching. Hopefully the team will give me a good car and we'll be in a position to fight from the front. The championship hasn't gone the way we had hoped this year, we've had a lot of bad luck, but I'll be giving my all at Donington. If we're consistent and can qualify on the first couple of rows then we stand a great chance to do well. We were strong on the GP circuit last season so hopefully we'll be in the mix."
Chris Holmes (currently 9th in Championship standings):
"Last time we raced at Donington it was quite a positive weekend. The first race was madness: only three laps long because of the weather. In the second race I started 20th and finished seventh. I had a great race and was driver of the day so that was good. I like the track and look forward to it but this time it's the full GP track so that will be interesting. I am still learning every time I drive the car and I think the key to a good weekend is qualifying and that's something that I am improving on. I think with the big World Series crowd there will be a great atmosphere at Donington. I have never raced on such a big stage but I will try to focus on the driving. My goal at Donington is the same as it is for every race: I aim to win! I try to get the maximum from myself, and the car. I finished fourth at the last race at Brands and had the pace to run at the front so I want to stay there!"
Nathan Caratti (currently 15th in Championship standings):
"I'm looking forward to Donington as last time I was there I had a terrible weekend so hopefully it will be better this time around. I had quite a successful weekend at the Nurburgring, although the race results don't show it; I had plenty of car speed in qualifying so I am looking to bring that into this weekend. Hopefully with a bit more luck I can get up into the top six. It will be fun to race in front of a big crowd. I've done it many times before at home, including an F1 Grand Prix support race."
Formula Renault qualifying takes places at 1325hrs on Saturday. Both Donington races are on Sunday at 0925hrs and 1550hrs.
-credit: aka cobra