UK: Series Brands Hatch qualifying notes

BUZAID AND STONEMAN TAKE POLE AT LAST MEETING Fortec Motorsport's Adriano Buzaid (Oxford) claimed his sixth pole position of the season in qualifying for round 19 of the Formula Renault UK with Michelin Championship at Brands Hatch Indy...

BUZAID AND STONEMAN TAKE POLE AT LAST MEETING

Fortec Motorsport's Adriano Buzaid (Oxford) claimed his sixth pole position of the season in qualifying for round 19 of the Formula Renault UK with Michelin Championship at Brands Hatch Indy circuit on Saturday, 20th September. Alpine Motorsport's Dean Stoneman (Southampton) took pole for the third time this season and will line up on pole for round 20, with both races taking place on Sunday, 21st September.

The first session saw what has become a customary quiet first 10 minutes followed by exciting action as the battle for pole began in the second half of the session. Buzaid set a best time of 43.808s (98.49smph) to take pole by just 0.079s ahead of Manor Competition's Kris Loane (Kesh), who equalled his best grid slot of the season.

CR Scuderia Formula Renault's championship leader Adam Christodoulou (Lichfield) also came within a tenth of a second of pole with his lap of 43.902s (98.28mph) as the single-seater drivers once again showed the evenness of the competition. Christodoulou is separated from his only championship rival Alexander Sims (Peterborough) by Eurotek Motorsport's Jordan Oakes (Hopton), who took fourth ahead of the Manor driver.

CR Scuderia's Scott Jenkins (Bristol) is the leading Graduate Cup driver, the category for young, inexperienced racers, while Fortec's Riki Christodoulou (Sutton Coldfield) and Stoneman line up on row four. Apotex Scorpio Motorsport's Kieren Clark (Royston) had his best qualifying performance of the year in ninth, alongside CR Scuderia's Ryuji Yamamoto (Milton Keynes).

Several drivers attempted to peak in the final minutes of the session but their laps were nullified when Mark Burdett Motorsport's Fredrik Blomstedt (Skegness) spun at Paddock Hill Bend to bring out the red flag. The resumption lasted less than two laps before Apotex Scorpio's Sung Hak Mun (Worcester Park) encountered the same problem to end the session.

Commenting on his pole position, Adriano Buzaid said: "The car felt really good and I just had to make sure I didn't get caught in any traffic. I was able to gradually go quicker and quicker to find the limit and it's very important to start on pole here because it's hard to overtake. Hopefully I can get a good start and get another win."

In the afternoon, Stoneman defied the recent convention and went out with team-mate Rossi (Blackburn) at the start of the 20-minute stint. The move paid dividends as his best lap of 44.071s (97.91mph) remained unbeaten throughout. Riki Christodoulou came as close as possible to matching Stoneman's time, finishing just 0.001s adrift. Buzaid is third with Adam Christodoulou once again ahead of Sims in fourth and fifth respectively.

Fortec's Oli Webb (Knutsford) improved from 11th in the morning to take sixth ahead of Rossi, with Loane, Oakes and James Calado (Cropthorne) completing the top 10. Just 0.279s around the 1.20-mile circuit covered all 10.

Commenting after the session, Dean Stoneman said: "In the first session I was on a lap that was looking good for pole when the red flag came out so we decided not to take the risk and go for it straight away. We've done it before in testing where we set a time and it stays at the top so we tried it here and it's worked. It will be great to end the season with a win but it's all about the start and then not making a mistake."

Round 19 is scheduled for 10.05 on Sunday, 21st September with round 20 following at 15.05. However, if the title is won by Adam Christodoulou after round 19, the second race will switch to 17.15 with the ELF Renault Clio Cup round 20 at 15.05.

-credit: www.renaultsport.co.uk

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Alexander Sims , Adriano Buzaid , Riki Christodoulou , Adam Christodoulou , Dean Stoneman , James Calado