UK: Series Thruxton qualifying report

RETURN TO FORM FOR CHRISTODOULOU AT THRUXTON Formula Renault UK with Michelin Championship leader Adam Christodoulou (Lichfield) made a stunning return to form with two pole positions, for rounds seven and eight, at Thruxton on Saturday, 17th...

RETURN TO FORM FOR CHRISTODOULOU AT THRUXTON

Formula Renault UK with Michelin Championship leader Adam Christodoulou (Lichfield) made a stunning return to form with two pole positions, for rounds seven and eight, at Thruxton on Saturday, 17th May. The CR Scuderia Formula Renault driver set a time of 1min 10.009s (121.14mph) to take a dominant pole for round seven, then a 1min 10.367s (120.53mph) in the second session for his fifth pole of the season.

In the first session, Fortec Motorsport's James Calado (Cropthorne) came closest to Christodoulou but was still 0.406s adrift, a relatively large margin in the ultra competitive one-make single-seater championship. Calado is the quickest Graduate Cup driver, the competition for rookie drivers. Adam's older cousin, Riki Christodoulou (Sutton Coldfield) took third ahead of Fortec team-mate Adriano Buzaid (Oxford).

Round six winner Dean Stoneman (Southampton), racing at his local circuit, lines up on row three alongside Eurotek Motorsport's Jordan Oakes (Hopton). Row four consists of CR Scuderia's Ryuji Yamamoto (Northampton) and Manor Competition's Kris Loane (Kesh). The top 10 is completed by Manor's Alexander Sims (Peterborough), who was quickest in testing at Thruxton earlier in the year, and Graduate Cup driver Oli Webb (Knutsford).

In the second session, the Christodoulou cousins were split by a mere 0.053s with Adam just clinging on to pole position. Oakes had his best qualifying session of the season in third ahead of Calado, with Stoneman, Manor's Henry Surtees (Lingfield) and Apotex Scorpio Motorsport's Josh Scott (Loughborough) completing a line of four Graduate Cup drivers.

The eighth placed driver, Ryuji Yamamoto, lies eighth and is 0.400s behind the pole time, as the field closed up to more familiarly narrow margins. Fortec's Oli is ninth, while Loane rounds out the top 10.

Commenting on his double pole-setting performance, Adam Christodoulou said: "After a slightly disappointing weekend at Donington we had to get back to the front so I'm very happy with how it's gone today. The car felt great even though there was more wind in the second session that made it difficult to judge the braking point for the final chicane. I just missed out on a win here last season but I'm confident in myself and the car that I can change that this time."

Rounds seven and eight take place on Sunday, 18th May. Round seven is scheduled to start at 11.35 with round eight at 16.00, both races of 16 laps.

-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