UK: Series Oulton Park qualifying report

CALADO AND STONEMAN REPEAT SNETTERTON POLES Graduate Cup drivers James Calado (Cropthorne) and Dean Stoneman (Southampton) once again showed their more experienced counterparts the way by clinching pole position for the latest rounds of the 2008...

CALADO AND STONEMAN REPEAT SNETTERTON POLES

Graduate Cup drivers James Calado (Cropthorne) and Dean Stoneman (Southampton) once again showed their more experienced counterparts the way by clinching pole position for the latest rounds of the 2008 Formula Renault UK with Michelin Championship. Rounds 15 and 16 take place at Oulton Park Island circuit on Sunday, 27th July.

Fortec Motorsport's Calado set a mark of 1min 18.824s (101.66mph) to claim pole for round 15 having started round 13 at Snetterton at the head of the field. Championship leader Adam Christodoulou (Lichfield) of CR Scuderia Formula Renault was second, just 0.048s behind. In an incredibly close session that saw the top 10 covered by just 0.409s, Manor Competition's Alexander Sims (Peterborough) was third but less than one-tenth of a second off the pole time.

Alpine Motorsport's Stoneman lines up on row two for tomorrow's first race, with Fortec's Adriano Buzaid (Oxford) and Manor's Kris Loane (Kesh) in row three. CR Scuderia's Scott Jenkins (Bristol) will start on row four alongside Eurotek Motorsport's Jordan Oakes (Hopton), while title contender Riki Christodoulou (Sutton Coldfield) has plenty of work to do from ninth. CR Scuderia's Jesse Krohn (Sunningdale) completes the top 10.

The afternoon session was equally close in the battle for pole, this time Stoneman edging out Adam Christodoulou by 0.042s with a best lap of 1min 18.939s (101.51mph) around the undulating 2.23-mile Cheshire circuit. Sims took third place again, although this time 0.225s away from pole, while Oakes improved to fourth.

Fortec team-mates Calado and Riki Christodoulou make up row three ahead of Buzaid and Manor's Henry Surtees (Lingfield), who climbed from 11th in session one to eighth. CR Scuderia duo Krohn and Jenkins round out the top 10 for the second of two 15-lap races.

Commenting on his pole performance, James Calado said: "It feels great to get my second pole and hopefully I can have the same result as at Snetterton and win the race. I won't be as nervous on the start line having experienced it once and I'll be trying my hardest to get a win for the team."

Round 16 pole-sitter Stoneman said: "I didn't make any changes to the car and my time was identical to session one. This time it was enough to get pole and starting fourth in the first race tomorrow, my target is definitely two podiums at least."

Round 15 is scheduled for 12.00 on Sunday, 27th July with round 16 following at 16.50.

-credit: renaultsport.co.uk

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