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MANOR COMPETITION RECORDS BEST RESULT OF SEASON Alexander Sims produced Manor Competition's best result of the season at Croft Circuit on Sunday, 3rd June, with a highly competitive fifth placed finish during the eighth round of the 2007 Formula...

MANOR COMPETITION RECORDS BEST RESULT OF SEASON

Alexander Sims produced Manor Competition's best result of the season at Croft Circuit on Sunday, 3rd June, with a highly competitive fifth placed finish during the eighth round of the 2007 Formula Renault UK Championship.

The New Ollerton team had been looking forward to the fourth race meeting of the campaign as something of a turning point in fortunes and so the annual visit to the North East proved with Sims showing the sort of pace and form which took him to a maiden category podium at Croft during the 2006 Winter Championship.

Having qualified strongly in fifth position for both of the weekend's races, off the back of an impressive two-day official test at the North Yorkshire venue two weeks ago, Sims looked set for a couple of good races and while round seven didn't go according to plan, the second encounter was very promising indeed.

Unfortunately losing a couple of places on the opening lap of Saturday's seventh round, Alexander re-grouped and looked to make inroads into the top six but on lap three bizarrely early braking into Clervaux by Adriano Buzaid left the Manor ace with nowhere to go other than into the back of the Brazilian's car.

Frustrated with the retirement, Alexander made sure he delivered in round eight with a highly competitive fifth place finish, lapping to the same 10th of a second as the top four, and a performance deemed worthy of the THB Clowes Driver of the Day Award.

"It's good to be back showing this kind of pace", said Manor Competition team owner Tony Shaw, "We've all been working incredibly hard, all of the drivers have been applying themselves well and Alexander was certainly driving with podium pace this weekend which is great."

For Alex Morgan the weekend would always prove to be a difficult one due to the fact he was forced to miss Friday testing and also Saturday's qualifying session due to the fact he had important university exams in Birmingham.

Arriving at Croft in time for Saturday afternoon's seventh round, the Welsh driver greatly impressed by carving his way through from the back of the grid to an excellent 11th place finish. Although his progress in round eight wasn't as notable as he raced to a top 15 result, it was still a good return for the 20-year-old.

Richard Singleton achieved his fourth top six of the season during round seven, the Welshman benefiting from team-mate Sims' demise in the first race, while in round eight he and fellow Manor driver Kris Loane circulated together for the majority of the race to take the chequered flag in eighth and ninth places respectively.

The pair's best lap times were almost identical in the 1m 19.7 second bracket and Loane's result proved to be his best of the year. The Northern Irishman did run ahead of Singleton in eighth place at one stage but the more experienced Welshman managed to edge ahead on the final lap. In round seven, Loane finished in 13th place.

Shaw added: "It was a very tough weekend for Alex, missing the Friday test and qualifying because of his exams, so to come away equalling his best result of the season in the first race was a real credit to him. He did struggle a bit more in Sunday's race but that was down to the fact he hadn't run on older tyres in the warm conditions.

"Richard and Kris were both a couple of 10ths of a second or so shy of the times Alexander was doing but, again, they both did well. Richard's top six in race one was a strong result and Kris was particularly impressive in the second race. Hopefully the progress will continue at Oulton Park and we'll be in with a chance of a podium."

There will now be a three week break in the Formula Renault UK calendar until the ninth and 10th rounds of the season at Oulton Park Island Circuit in Cheshire on 23rd/24th June.

-credit: mm

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Alexander Sims , Adriano Buzaid