UK: Series Silverstone qualifying report

BUZAID CLAIMS DOUBLE POLE FOR SEASON'S HIGHEST PROFILE EVENT Fortec Motorsport's Adriano Buzaid (Oxford) will start from pole position for rounds 11 and 12 of the 2008 Formula Renault UK with Michelin Championship at the biggest race meeting...

BUZAID CLAIMS DOUBLE POLE FOR SEASON'S HIGHEST PROFILE EVENT

Fortec Motorsport's Adriano Buzaid (Oxford) will start from pole position for rounds 11 and 12 of the 2008 Formula Renault UK with Michelin Championship at the biggest race meeting of the season. The single-seater championship is supporting the UK round of World Series by Renault, the free motorsport festival being held at Silverstone Grand Prix circuit on 7th/8th June.

A single 25-minute qualifying session determined both race grids, with each driver's fastest time setting the grid for round 11 and their second-fastest time setting the grid for round 12. Buzaid, who also scored a double pole position at Donington Park earlier this season, took pole for round 11 with a best time of 1min 46.070s (108.40mph) on his final flying lap. His earlier time of 1min 46.182s (108.29mph) was also quicker than every other driver's best effort to secure pole for the second race on Sunday, 8th June.

The Brazilian's team-mate James Calado (Cropthorne) will line up alongside Buzaid on the front row for both races, getting within 0.233s of pole with his best lap of the famous 3.194-mile circuit. CR Scuderia Formula Renault's championship leader Adam Christodoulou (Lichfield) is third on the grid for both races despite suffering a right-front puncture during the session and will start alongside his cousin Riki Christodoulou (Sutton Coldfield) of Fortec Motorsport.

Manor Competition duo Alexander Sims (Peterborough) and Kris Loane (Kesh) share the third row, Sims in fifth ahead of Loane in sixth for round 11 and swapping places for round 12. Fortec Motorsport's Oli Webb (Knutsford) starts seventh for both races and is the second-best placed Graduate Cup driver behind Calado.

The top 10 for round 11 is completed by Alpine Motorsport's Dean Stoneman (Southampton), Apotex Scorpio Motorsport's Will Bratt (Banbury), who is making a one-off appearance for the team that took him to third overall in the 2007 championship, and CR Scuderia's Ryuji Yamamoto.

For round 12, Eurotek Motorsport's Jordan Oakes (Hopton) improved from 12th to take eighth place on the grid ahead of Apotex Scorpio's Australian driver Josh Scott (Loughborough) and Manor's Henry Surtees (Lingfield).

Commenting on his performance, Adriano Buzaid said: "The car felt really good and back to how it was at Donington, which suits my driving style. At some corners there was more grip today than during the test on Thursday and I managed to get some good overall laps together even though I wasn't quickest in any particular sector.

"It's great to start on pole position in what should be a massive crowd so I'll be looking to make two good starts and see what happens from there."

Round 11 of the 2008 Formula Renault UK with Michelin Championship is due to start at 09.00 on Sunday, 8th June, with round 12 the last racing action of the day at 16.45.

-credit: renaultsport.co.uk

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Henry Surtees , Alexander Sims , Will Bratt , Adriano Buzaid , Riki Christodoulou , Adam Christodoulou , James Calado