UK: Hillspeed testing wrap-up

OMANI ACE AL HARTHY STARS AT BRANDS & ROCKINGHAM Derbyshire Formula Renault BARC team Hillspeed further underlined its pre-season promise this week with a brace of highly impressive test outings for Omani driver Ahmad Al Harthy. Although...

OMANI ACE AL HARTHY STARS AT BRANDS & ROCKINGHAM

Derbyshire Formula Renault BARC team Hillspeed further underlined its pre-season promise this week with a brace of highly impressive test outings for Omani driver Ahmad Al Harthy.

Although running three cars in total in this year's Formula Renault BARC Championship, only Al Harthy was in action this week and he certainly wasted no time in making the most of the opportunity by lapping consistently close to the pace of category race winner Ollie Hancock on Tuesday, 4th March, at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent.

Running alongside drivers from the sister Formula Renault UK series, 26-year-old Al Harthy concluded the day as the second fastest of the BARC runners with a best lap of 46.021 seconds (93.76mph).

Heading to Rockingham International Super Sports Car Circuit in Northamptonshire yesterday, Thursday, 6th March, Hathersage-based Hillspeed again enjoyed a strong run with Al Harthy posting times regularly in the low 1m 19 second bracket.

"We've enjoyed a couple of excellent test days again this week", commented team boss Richard Ollerenshaw, "Ahmad was very good at Rockingham yesterday, by far the quickest Formula Renault BARC guy out there from about 10 or 11 drivers in total.

"At Brands on Tuesday there were only a few 100ths of a second splitting Ahmad and (Ollie) Hancock when both drivers were running in full BARC trim so we're feeling very confident with only a couple of weeks to go now until the start of the season."

Ollerenshaw added: "Our preparations are coming together very well indeed. Ahmad looks comfortable on track and I think he will make a few people sit up and take notice this season -- he has certainly been buoyed by his performances. We're now looking forward to having all three of our drivers back in testing action next week"

Essex 17-year-old Michael Lyons, who will make his full season Formula Renault BARC debut this year, returns to the track on Tuesday, 11th March, at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk where he will be joined by Al Harthy. British-born Bahraini Menasheh Idafar will then hook-up with both of his team-mates next Friday, 14th March, at Brands Hatch - the day after his 17th birthday.

-credit: hillspeed.co.uk

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Michael Lyons , Ollie Hancock , Menasheh Idafar , Ahmad Al Harthy
Teams HART