UK: Series Oulton Park preview

INCREASE IN GRID SIZE FOR UK WINTER SERIES This season's Formula Renault UK Winter Cup is set to increase in size with 32 registration places available for the four-round series, an increase of four on last year's event. Once again there will...

INCREASE IN GRID SIZE FOR UK WINTER SERIES

This season's Formula Renault UK Winter Cup is set to increase in size with 32 registration places available for the four-round series, an increase of four on last year's event.

Once again there will be a separate class for Formula Renault BARC cars, which will race with their engine air restrictor alongside the UK-spec cars.

Rounds one and two take place at Croft on Saturday, 1st November followed by the climax at Rockingham on 8th November.

The registration fee has been set at 1,750 GBP +VAT with no restriction on the number of BARC -specification cars that can enter, while interest from overseas is also anticipated.

Richard Singleton was the 2007 UK Winter champion, racing for Hillspeed. Eurocup Formula Renault racer Valtteri Bottas won three races on the road but was ineligible to score points as a non- MSA licence holder, while Hywel Lloyd won the BARC Class crown to add to his 2007 title.

Championship Manager Simon North said: "The Formula Renault UK Winter Cup has proved extremely popular in recent years and gives an ideal opportunity for drivers to gain extra track time in real race conditions before the new season begins."

WINTER BOOST: A capacity field of 32 cars is anticipated for the 2008 Formula Renault UK Winter Cup. Last year's victorious team Hillspeed is expected to run at least two cars in defence of its title.

RENAULT PAST - DUNCAN TAPPY

Who: Reigning champion after success in 2007 where he beat Fortec team-mate Dean Smith with a strong second half of the season. Now racing in World Series by Renault, having tested the car as part of his champion's prize.

CHAMPION: Tappy took three early wins plus six of the last eight to clinch the title with one round to spare. In all he had 16 podiums from 20 race starts in a fantastically consistent year.

He says: "My first year in the series wasn't what I hoped for but I clicked straight away with Fortec. Dean pushed me hard early in the year and Will Bratt also closed up with a few wins in a row. It's great to move up to the FR3.5 car and sixth place in Hungary gives me something to build on." (Duncan Tappy)

TEST BEST: Formula Renault UK drivers had one day's official testing at Oulton Park on 1st April with James Calado setting the fastest time overall at 1min 20.266s (99.83mph) just 0.009s ahead of Alexander Sims who was quickest in session one. Riki Christodoulou was third overall ahead of Kris Loane, Adriano Buzaid and Dean Stoneman.

- Nathan Coulter and Johannes Seidlitz won a race each at the latest Formula Renault BARC Championship meeting at Croft. Coulter took victory from pole in round six by 12 seconds, while Seidlitz held off a charging Ollie Hancock by 4.3s in race two. Hancock salvaged two podiums from 10th and 11th on the grid to lead the standings by 34 points.

- Highlights of rounds seven and eight of the Formula Renault UK Championship feature in the next edition of ITV's Motorsport UK show, which has its first airing on Tuesday, 29th July. Adam and Riki Christodoulou shared the race wins at Thruxton. The show also includes a feature on Josh Scott, who scorched to 2nd in round eight.

- Graduate Cup drivers Rossi and Dean Stoneman were awarded the THB Clowes Driver of the Day prize for rounds 13 and 14 respectively. It was a second award of the 2008 campaign for Stoneman, who picked up two second places and a win from the three races at Snetterton. Henry Surtees took the award for the postponed round 10.

-credit: renaultsport.co.uk

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Dean Smith , Duncan Tappy , Alexander Sims , Valtteri Bottas , Will Bratt , Adriano Buzaid , Riki Christodoulou , Ollie Hancock , Dean Stoneman , James Calado , Hywel Lloyd