DEFINITELY ON If you listened to all the rumours about Donington Park you wouldn't know whether this weekend's racing was on or off. Well, it's on and the CRS Formula Renault team is looking forward to getting stuck in at the team's home track,...
If you listened to all the rumours about Donington Park you wouldn't know whether this weekend's racing was on or off. Well, it's on and the CRS Formula Renault team is looking forward to getting stuck in at the team's home track, just a few miles from the CRS Technical Centre. Here are the CRS driver's thoughts as they head into the Donington race weekend:
"The upcoming round at Donington Park is one I am looking forward to. I like the track a lot as it's very quick and flowing. Last year I was running in eighth after an earlier excursion off the track when I snapped a suspension arm and that ended my race. So this year I am looking for a good result, hopefully a podium. My targets for qualifying are to improve from my previous efforts, definitely aiming for the front two rows of the grid. For the race I am hoping for one of the three steps on the podium but preferably the top one! We learnt at Thruxton that I needed to work on my qualifying a bit more so we spent a bit of time on that at the two days we had at Croft last week."
"Donington is a great track and has some super fast corners, such as the Craner Curves which we take absolutely flat out. I'm coming into this race off the back of another successful weekend at Thruxton where I was once again on the podium. I gained valuable experience by leading for most of the race and I feel as if I'm learning and improving every time I take to the track. At the official test at Croft this week I was once again right on the pace and ended up second fastest over the two days and the quickest graduate by a long way. We haven't, however, been to Donington since October because of the problems they have had with the track so it is going to be a big test to be able to be on the pace straight away after such a lay off. It was the same with Croft this week though, so I am confident I will be able to take another Graduate Cup win and be as close to the front as possible. I've been consistently in the top five at every race and test since the start of the season so if I can keep that going at Donington then hopefully we can have another strong weekend and add to my lead in the Graduate Cup."
"I like Donington a lot. I have only been there once and it was wet but it is clearly an awesome track. I learnt at Thruxton that qualifying well is vital if you want a good position in the races so I have been working very hard on this. I will try at Donington to get that perfect lap so I can start my races from higher up the field."
"I have never raced at Donington. I've seen the track though and it looks amazing so I'm looking forward to trying it out and seeing how quickly I can get to grips with it. I've got to throw everything at qualifying this weekend. At Thruxton I found out that if you don't get up the grid in qualifying you make life very hard for yourself!"
"I'm looking forward to Donington as it represents another opportunity to make some more progress. The second of the two races at Thruxton was one of the best battles I've had this year and I can't wait to resume it once more at Donington. The Croft test gave me the opportunity to improve my consistency and I think this should give me further scope for a good result at Donington. The race meeting is coming at a busy time for me as it falls in the middle of my A level exams."
Rounds five and six of the 2009 Formula Renault UK Championship get underway on Sunday at 1030hrs and 1620hrs. Coverage of all the racing at Donington begins on Sunday at 1130hrs on ITV4.