UK: Series Croft qualifying report

CHRISTODOULOU COUSINS SHARE CROFT POLES Formula Renault UK with Michelin Championship leader Adam Christodoulou (Lichfield) and his cousin Riki Christodoulou (Sutton Coldfield) will start on pole position for rounds nine and 10 respectively of...

CHRISTODOULOU COUSINS SHARE CROFT POLES

Formula Renault UK with Michelin Championship leader Adam Christodoulou (Lichfield) and his cousin Riki Christodoulou (Sutton Coldfield) will start on pole position for rounds nine and 10 respectively of the championship at Croft circuit on Sunday, 1st June. For Riki, who is third on the grid for round nine, it is his first pole position in the series, while Adam will line up fourth for round 10.

Due to tyre wear at the North Yorkshire venue, each driver has a small optimum window in which to set their fastest lap time. As a result, most cars waited in the pit lane for the first half of Saturday's two 20-minute qualifying sessions leading to frantic action when they did emerge.

In the first session, CR Scuderia Formula Renault's Adam Christodoulou had a clear track for his second flying lap enabling him to take pole with a time of 1min 17.497s (98.71mph). Manor Competition's Alexander Sims (Peterborough) was second, with Riki Christodoulou just 0.001s behind Sims in third. Eurotek Motorsport's Jordan Oakes (Hopton), who had shown well in Friday's free practice, took fourth.

Fortec Motorsport's James Calado (Cropthorne) starts on the third row alongside fellow Graduate Cup competitor Dean Stoneman (Southampton) of Alpine Motorsport. Fortec's Oli Webb (Knutsford) and Manor's Kris Loane (Kesh) make up row four, with Fortec's Adriano Buzaid (Oxford) and CR Scuderia's Ryuji Yamamoto (Milton Keynes) completing the top 10. Mark Burdett Motorsport's Thomas Hylkema (Skegness) had his best qualifying performance of the season in 13th.

In session two, Riki Christodoulou posted a best time of 1min 17.049s (99.28mph) around the 2.13-mile venue on his third flying lap. Once again Sims was in second place, this time only 0.100s off the top spot. Buzaid improved to third ahead of Adam Christodoulou, with Oakes and Stoneman on row three. Calado, Loane, Webb and Manor Competition's Henry Surtees (Lingfield) round out the top 10.

Commenting on the two sessions, Adam Christodoulou, winner of four races in 2008, said: "The pressure's really on to get one good lap in but I think that brings out the best in me. I'm delighted to be on pole for the first race but fourth was the best I could do in session two. I thought I had a clear track and then came across Jordan Oakes so had to back off and have another run but the tyres had gone just past their best."

Round 10 pole-sitter Riki Christodoulou, who has won rounds one and eight this season, said: "The difference between the two sessions was me. In the first session I made a couple of small errors that made the difference but I hooked it up in the second session and got the result I knew I could. The tyres go off so quickly you only get a couple of good laps so I'm pleased to put a lap together that's good enough for pole."

Round nine is scheduled to begin at 13.15 on Sunday, 1st June with round 10 at 17.55, both races of 15 laps.

-credit: renaultsport.co.uk

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