UK: CRS Racing Silverstone preview

The Formula Renault UK Championship rolls into Silverstone this weekend for the biggest race meeting of the season. The CRS Racing drivers are all excited about racing on the world-famous Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit, which is a firm favourite...

The Formula Renault UK Championship rolls into Silverstone this weekend for the biggest race meeting of the season. The CRS Racing drivers are all excited about racing on the world-famous Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit, which is a firm favourite with all of them. This event forms part of the popular World Series by Renault which regularly sees capacity crowds so the drivers will have to maintain their focus throughout the weekend.

The team made good progress at last week's Snetterton test so Silverstone will give them their first opportunity to make the most of developments. One other factor to take into account is the weather. Will the current heatwave run into the weekend? Or will it break and make for a very wet Silverstone?

Here are the thoughts of the CRS racers in the build-up to Silverstone:

HARRY TINCKNELL:

"I was quite pleased with how the Snetterton test went. The weather was good and this allowed us to do a lot of testing over the two days. I think both my driving and car set up improved a lot and I ended up third fastest in the afternoon session on Thursday. It will be great to be back racing on the GP circuit at Silverstone because we don't get a lot of running there. The track is another one of my favourites; taking corners like Copse, Maggots and Bridge at over a 100mph is a real buzz! At the official test there I was only a second off on old tyres and, with the track being so long, if I can reproduce that sort of form I hopefully should be right up there when we go out on new tyres for qualifying. The atmosphere this weekend should be really good with an expected crowd of over 150,000 people throughout the event but I will treat it as just another meeting. I led the race and came second in front of a sell-out crowd at Oulton Park a couple of rounds ago so I know I will be able to handle the extra pressure. Hopefully the sun will be shining and I will be able to put on a good show for the crowd and my sponsors who will be in attendance this weekend."

JOSH SCOTT:

"The test at Snetterton went really well for me, especially as I was P1 for most of the morning on the second day. We have taken a good step forward and this has put me in great spirits for the races at my favourite track on the calendar. I think we could do very well on the GP circuit. At this race last year I was running third until the second to last lap when I had a gearbox problem and slipped to fourth, so I am quietly confident of a good result here. The spectator numbers do make a difference, especially when you are in the pits as it really heightens the experience. Having dealt with this last year and also at home in Australia, supporting the V8 Supercars, it doesn't faze me. It just makes it more exciting!"

MATIAS LAINE:

"We had a very productive test at Snetterton where we found a really good set-up for the car. Silverstone is going to be tough as I am also taking part in the Eurocup race but, after seeing what we could do at Snetterton, I'm really looking forward to this weekend."

LEWIS WILIAMSON:

"I really can't wait for this weekend. It will be great to race on the GP track in front of a full house and I think Formula Renault will really deliver for the spectators. I hope that I will be able to maintain a level of consistency this weekend and get two good race results as this will help me move up the points table. Time will tell!"

MICHAEL LYONS:

"I am looking forward to the opportunity to race at the World Series event on the GP circuit at Silverstone as it offers a rare opportunity to race on what is, in my opinion, one of the best circuits in the UK. In the weeks leading up to this event there was an official test at Snetterton where I was able to make some good improvements, showing some good speed, despite what the results may have showed. We had a few issues with the car, which have now been resolved so it's all go for this weekend."

-credit: crs

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