PULLING AWAY IN THE LEAD Rounds 11 and 12 of the 2008 Formula Renault UK Championship took place at Silverstone's Grand Prix Circuit yesterday, in front of 70,000 spectators. CR Scuderia's Adam Christodoulou bagged two second place finishes and...
PULLING AWAY IN THE LEAD
Rounds 11 and 12 of the 2008 Formula Renault UK Championship took place at Silverstone's Grand Prix Circuit yesterday, in front of 70,000 spectators. CR Scuderia's Adam Christodoulou bagged two second place finishes and has now begun to pull away at the top of the leaderboard.
The Formula Renault drivers only had one chance to get it right in qualifying on Saturday as a single session determined the grid positions for both races, by taking each driver's first and second fastest lap times. Adam suffered a puncture during the session but despite this managed to claim third place on the grid for each race. Ryuji Yamamoto took a top ten spot for race one and 11th for race two whilst Scott Jenkins and Sten Pentus lined up together in 14th and 15th for race one and 13th and 15th for race two.
Race one started early on Sunday morning. Adam got away well, taking second place and set off after the leader, Adriano Buzaid. Scott Jenkins had an eventful race, again showing fantastic race pace, but unfortunately having a spin that put him back to 20th in the opening stages. He got straight back down to business though and got all the way up to ninth by the end. Ryuji lost some time at the end of the race after an altercation with Dean Stoneman and finished in 15th place and Sten Pentus was forced to retire after being hit in the closing stages of the race.
The drivers then had a long wait until race two which didn't take place until the end of the day's proceedings at Silverstone. Adam again moved straight up to second and stayed there until the end of the race, taking a good haul of Championship points. Scott, after starting 13th, had a great race and got up to seventh after some good overtaking manouevers. Sten finished race two in 13th place, followed by Ryuji, who had had an off at Stowe, in 14th.
"Race one was pretty straightforward and I was pleased to take second, although slightly disappointed not to get the win on such an awesome track and in front of such a big crowd. I got up to second again at the start of race two and had a go at Adriano (Buzaid) at Copse, Becketts and into Club but it's hard to judge grip level on lap one and I didn't want to risk losing any points. Adriano then began to inch away and by the end of the race I noticed (Alexander) Sims closing in on me, by which time my tyres had gone off, so I had to be careful not to let him through. I'm delighted to have a 44-point lead; it's a great position to be in as we go into the summer holiday and I can't wait to get back in the car when we start racing again in July."
"Qualifying was yet again the sticking point for me. I've only done the single session qualifying once before and coupled with an engine problem it was a tough thing for me to do and I ended up with a 14th and 13th. Race one was a lot of fun. I had a spin at the beginning; it all got a bit bunched up going into Vale and I got a wheel on the kerb looking for a way through. When I hit the gas it span me around and I dropped right back to 20th. The car was handling fantastically though and I thoroughly enjoyed the fight back up to ninth and managed to take the second fastest lap of the race. Race two was a bit more chilled out. I gained a few places at the start then overtook a couple and finished seventh. A much more straightforward race!"
CRS Team Director, Andrew Kirkaldy:
"Silverstone went well for the team in the Championship fight; we went to Silverstone 20 points in the lead and came away with a 44 point advantage. Adam drove very well throughout the weekend despite a couple of problems. Scott again showed the potential pace he has to offer. He drove a fantastic race in race one. It won't be long until the qualifying falls into place and we see him right up the front. Ryuji and Sten both showed good pace at times but after poor qualifying positions on such a long circuit it's hard to make up ground. We have a good amount of testing before the next race now and hope to get all four of them on the pace for Snetterton."
The Formula Renault UK Championship returns in five weeks time at Snetterton.