UK: CRS Racing Thruxton preview

TIME TO GO RACING! The 2010 Formula Renault UK season begins this weekend, signalling the start of a very busy period for CRS Racing. After the Renaults race at Thruxton, the CRS GT team heads off to Paul Ricard for the first Le Mans Series...

TIME TO GO RACING!

The 2010 Formula Renault UK season begins this weekend, signalling the start of a very busy period for CRS Racing. After the Renaults race at Thruxton, the CRS GT team heads off to Paul Ricard for the first Le Mans Series race of the year, then moves on immediately to Valencia for round one of the International GT Open. There are actually six race weekends in a row for CRS, making this the busiest season start yet.

The team is ready to hit the ground running though and is armed with a strong driver line-up for Formula Renault his weekend. After winning the 2009 Graduate Cup and the Winter Series, Harry Tincknell is on a title charge this year. Mick Lyons returns to continue the good progress he made last year. They are joined by two new faces to CRS: Robert Foster-Jones, the 2009 KF1 MSA Super 1 British Champion, and Brazilian Victor Correa who is hoping the experience he gained in the British F3 national class last year will stand him in good stead for 2010.

The Thruxton race is the first competitive outing for the new Formula Renault chassis. After learning as much as they can about the new car in testing the teams are hoping the whole package will deliver when it counts.

Team Director, Andrew Kirkaldy:

"We've completed a fairly extensive test programme over the winter with the new car. It was a bit late to arrive but we have put a lot of work in and made some good progress. It's great to have continuity in the team so we're pleased that Harry is back. He has performed well in pre-season testing and is committed to getting the top results this year. Michael has also made good progress since last year so it will be good to see how he gets on. We also have two new faces in Robert and Victor. Robert was impressive in our European test programme in the winter. He has a tough race to start with though as he has had limited running at Thruxton. Victor joined the team quite late on but he has been up at the front during the last couple of tests so we have high hopes for him this year."

Harry Tincknell:

"I really like the new Formula Renault car. Compared to last year's car it has a lot more front-end grip and a little bit more power. I think this car suits my driving style more and I am enjoying driving it a lot more than the old one. Testing has gone very well for me. In the official testing we have been in the good position where we have been so quick we could afford to save sets of tyres that I could use throughout the year. This means we haven't always been quickest, but I think we will we see the rewards from this later on. I'm confident we can keep on improving as we go through the year as well. The aim for this year has to be the title. Last year I struggled a little bit with consistency and in any title campaign you have to be consistent, but with the experience I picke d up from racing at the front last year, I think I will be able to keep up my pace at all ten rounds. I was quickest in the Thruxton test that we've had this year and I qualified third and led the race last year so I am quietly confident that I can do well and I hope to hit the ground running."

Mick Lyons:

"I'm excited going into the first race meeting as the new car has really shaken things up. This, combined with its late release and the winter weather, means I've just had to focus on getting the most out of myself, rather than worrying about what is going on around us. Having said that in the last few tests I feel I have improved my race pace and as long as I can couple that with some good qualifying results we will be entering Thruxton in good shape. The test went well there earlier in the year and if the conditions are mixed it could really favour me. It has been a long winter for me and I'm now chomping at the bit to get back into the racing, so bring it on!"

Robert Foster-Jones:

"Testing has been going to plan so far. My engineer Mark Wynne and myself have worked hard together over the winter to find a balance with the car that suits my style of driving. We have completed many laps at various different circuits in order to catch up to the second year drivers and give myself as much experience in the new car as possible. My aims for this season are to finish within the top four of the championship at the very least and be challenging for podiums and wins at the mid point of the season. My immediate goals for the race at Thruxton is to once again gain valuable experience from qualifying and the two races and I would be happy to finish inside the top seven. I have worked extremely hard over the winter period on my physical fitness to make sure I'm fitter and stronger than the other drivers to give myself every chance to succeed this year, which I think is highly po ssible."

Victor Correa:

"I think the new car is very good as it has good power and downforce; everything I was looking for really. After having not driven for five months it was good to get back behind the wheel for testing. It all went well for me, I have managed to make improvements and get back into the rhythm of things. My goal this year is to get consistently good results and I will be working very hard to achieve that. The first race will be tough for me as Thruxton is the only English track that I don't know but I will of course try as hard as I can."

The two races at Thruxton are split this weekend: race one is on Saturday at 1735hrs and race two gets started on Sunday at 1505. The Formula Renault UK races will be broadcast on ITV4 again this year. Please check listings on the day.

-source: crs racing

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Andrew Kirkaldy , Robert Foster , Victor Correa , Harry Tincknell