UK: Series Thurxton qualifying report

DOUBLE POLE AT FINAL EVENT FOR CHRISTODOULOU Adam Christodoulou (Lichfield) set himself up for a maiden win in the Formula Renault UK with Michelin Championship by securing pole position for rounds 19 and 20 during qualifying on Saturday, 13th...

DOUBLE POLE AT FINAL EVENT FOR CHRISTODOULOU

Adam Christodoulou (Lichfield) set himself up for a maiden win in the Formula Renault UK with Michelin Championship by securing pole position for rounds 19 and 20 during qualifying on Saturday, 13th October. The AKA Cobra driver set a time of 1min 10.013s (121.14mph) in session one and a time of 1min 10.534s in session two to complete a memorable day as he looks to round off a fantastic debut season.

The quality of the competition was highlighted as 15 drivers beat the existing lap record set in May this year, while 13 of those cars lapped within one second of Christodoulou. Fortec Motorsport's Championship leader Duncan Tappy (West Ewell) lines up on the front row for round 19, with his team-mates Riki Christodoulou (Sutton Coldfield) and title contender Dean Smith (Wolverhampton) on row two.

Manor Competition's Alexander Sims (Peterborough), who was quickest in testing at Thruxton in August, is fifth ahead of Apotex Scorpio Motorsport's Will Bratt (Banbury). Fortec's Ryuji Yamamoto (Northampton) and Eurotek Motorsport's Jordan Oakes (Hopton) are seventh and eighth, with AKA's Jeremy Metcalfe (Fleet) and Manor's Kris Loane (Kesh, Co Fermanagh) completing the top 10.

A red flag with just five minutes of session one remaining brought a temporary halt to proceedings, with Adam Christodoulou gambling on not rejoining the session and choosing to save his tyres, a decision that paid off although Tappy was just 0.061s behind.

The grid for round 20 sees the Christodoulou cousins on the front row, while Smith starts one place ahead of his title rival Tappy on row two. Sims secured fifth place again, ahead of Apotex Scorpio's David Epton (Fleet), who rose from 14th in session one at his home circuit. Bratt and Oakes line up on row four ahead of Metcalfe and Yamamoto.

Commenting on his performance, Adam Christodoulou said: "To get two pole positions is brilliant and hopefully I can get my first win tomorrow, that would be ideal. The car has been working really well and it was a tough decision whether to go out at the end or not. Fortunately it paid off and because I only did seven laps where other drivers did up to twice as many, I was able to be quick in session two.

"When we were here earlier in the season the wind changed direction between qualifying and the races and that affected my car. Hopefully that won't happen this time and I can get two good results to end the season."

-credit: renaultsport.co.uk

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Dean Smith , Jeremy Metcalfe , Duncan Tappy , Alexander Sims , Will Bratt , Riki Christodoulou , Adam Christodoulou