UK: Series newsletter 2008-06-07

UK CHAMPION TAPPY IN WORLD SERIES SWITCH REIGNING Formula Renault UK champion Duncan Tappy will race in the remaining rounds of the World Series by Renault, beginning with this weekend's event in his home country. The 23-year-old, who won a...

UK CHAMPION TAPPY IN WORLD SERIES SWITCH

REIGNING Formula Renault UK champion Duncan Tappy will race in the remaining rounds of the World Series by Renault, beginning with this weekend's event in his home country.

The 23-year-old, who won a test in a Formula Renault 3.5 car as a prize for winning the UK title last year, joins RC Motorsport determined to show his ability in front of the huge crowd at Silverstone.

"I've been trying since the end of last season to secure a drive in the World Series but it has come down to budget," said Tappy. "I got close a couple of times and to finally get such a great opportunity is fantastic news. Hopefully I can put on a good show for the home crowd and make the most of it."

Tappy has completed just three days' testing in the 425hp FR3.5 but proved his ability last season in winning nine of the 20 races.

"I'm like every other racing driver in that I'm not happy unless I'm winning," he said.

"But I've also got to be realistic and know that the cars are very closely matched and the quality of drivers is very high. I'll do the best job I can and hopefully it will bring some strong results."

James Walker and Pippa Mann complete British interest in the World Series races.

RENAULT PAST - KIMI RAIKKONEN

Who: The most famous story of progress from Formula Renault UK, 2000 champion Kimi moved straight to F1 with Sauber. Won seven of his 10 races, including one by 17sec at Donington Park - a gap that covered the next nine home.

They say: "It was clear he was special from the start. We had a very simple time, he told me how he wanted the car and then drove it brilliantly, so it made my job easier! We had some good times off-track as well and even the final round he didn't race he came to see the team to say goodbye."(Tony Shaw, Kimi's engineer)

CHAMPION: Kimi took his first car racing title with Manor Motorsport, his second being the F1 World crown

FOUR INTO 24: Four former Formula Renault UK drivers are on the entry list for next weekend's Le Mans 24-hour race. 1995 FRUK and 2003 Le Mans champion Guy Smith returns to the 24-hour race in the LMP2 Class. Stuart Hall and Cheng Cong Fu (above), the first Chinese entry, contest the LMP1 Class with Darren Turner in the LM GT1 Class.

- ROUND 10 of the 2008 Formula Renault UK Championship will take place at Snetterton on Saturday, 12th July. Two qualifying sessions will be held as normal for rounds 13 and 14, followed by the round 10 race that was postponed at Croft due to bad weather. Riki Christo qualified on pole position ahead of Alexander Sims at Croft last weekend.

- EPISODE 11 of ITV's Motorsport UK programme is the next chance to see highlights of Formula Renault UK. The show on ITV4 on Tuesday, 8th July will feature one of the rounds from Donington Park. Episode five, which had highlights of Adam Christodoulou's round four victory at Rockingham, drew an audience of just under 600,000.

- CR Scuderia's Scott Jenkins was named THB Clowes Driver of the Day for round nine at Croft. The 16-year-old made his way through from 17th on the grid to finish 10th, including passing moves at Tower Bend, Clervaux and the Hairpin. He had strong pace throughout the race, setting his personal best lap time on the penultimate tour.

-credit: renaultsport.co.uk

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Guy Smith , Darren Turner , James Walker , Pippa Mann , Stuart Hall , Duncan Tappy , Alexander Sims
Teams Sauber