ROBERT FOSTER-JONES TAKES FIRST WIN AT KNOCKHILL CRS Formula Renault driver, Robert Foster-Jones, took his first Formula Renault victory this afternoon in front of a big crowd at Knockhill in Scotland. The win brought an end to a fantastic...
ROBERT FOSTER-JONES TAKES FIRST WIN AT KNOCKHILL
CRS Formula Renault driver, Robert Foster-Jones, took his first Formula Renault victory this afternoon in front of a big crowd at Knockhill in Scotland. The win brought an end to a fantastic weekend of racing for Rob, who had already taken his first podium this morning with a brilliant second place in race one. Harry Tincknell took his best result of the weekend this morning with a solid fourth place finish but had to settle for seventh this afternoon after a spirited drive. Mick Lyons qualified mid grid for both races but showed his good form is continuing with two good drives to 10th and 12th place.
Rob's victory is all the more impressive when you consider that the 19 year-old from Essex is in his rookie season of car racing, after graduating from karting last year. He has clearly learnt a lot throughout the season so far as he won the race with a very mature drive from the front.
Starting race two from pole position, Rob got off to a cracking start and soon started to build up a gap back to the man in second place, championship-leader Tama's Pa'l Kiss. Harry and Mick had much busier opening laps, both racing hard to gain as many positions as possible. After mastering the start from pole, Rob's next challenge was the re-start after a short safety car period. He had no problems with this and got straight back down to building the gap again.
The drama came on lap 10 when Rob got a wheel in the dirt at Clark Curve, which gave Pa'l Kiss the opportunity to attack him going into the hairpin. Rob wasn't having any of it and fought back, outbraked the Hungarian and re-took the lead.
A final safety car period was dealt with beautifully again and Rob cruised to his first win. An assertive drive from Harry saw him move up from ninth to seventh during the race and Mick also gained two positions to finish 12th.
"I'm absolutely over the moon," said Rob when he stepped out of the car. "This is my first year in cars so to take a second, a win and a pole is a dream weekend. I can't thank the team enough: my mechanic Paul, Tim, Andrew, everyone at CRS and especially my dad. They've all done a top job to get me here and hopefully it won't be the last time this season. We were one of the only teams to come here in pre-season testing and you can see it has paid off. When I was out in the lead it was a case of managing the equipment, not making any mistakes and bringing it home in first place. Tama's is a great driver and has been leading the championship for a long time so he put me under a lot of pressure but I just kept my cool, didn't look in the mirrors too much and just drove to the flag."
The Foster-Jones' now have a double celebration on their hands, as Rob's win is a very special extra present for his dad, Gary, who is celebrating his birthday today.
Next up for the CRS Formula Renault team is the Silverstone World Series weekend, which usually sees a capacity crowd at the Northamptonshire track. This provides extra pressure for the young drivers but the CRS boys are all looking forward to getting stuck in.
-source: crs racing