UK: Singleton leave Hillspeed team for EU series

ENFORCED CHANGE AT HILLSPEED LEAVES PRIME UK DRIVE OPEN One of the key front-running drives in Formula Renault UK has become available today following the confirmation by leading team Hillspeed its 2007 Winter Champion Richard Singleton has been...

ENFORCED CHANGE AT HILLSPEED LEAVES PRIME UK DRIVE OPEN

One of the key front-running drives in Formula Renault UK has become available today following the confirmation by leading team Hillspeed its 2007 Winter Champion Richard Singleton has been head-hunted to compete in European competition in 2008.

Although a deal to remain with Hillspeed for a crack at the 2008 Formula Renault UK title had already been agreed and announced several weeks ago, the Welshman was subsequently offered a chance to compete in Europe where he will dovetail campaigns in Formula Renault Eurocup and the new Western European Championship (WEC).

With official pre-season testing still a fortnight away, Hathersage-based Hillspeed does have the opportunity to fill its potentially race-winning and championship challenging drive well ahead of the opening race meeting of the season on 29th/30th March as it seeks a similarly experienced Formula Renault UK campaigner to partner Alex Morgan.

Obviously disappointed to see Singleton leave the Hillspeed ranks, team principal Richard Ollerenshaw never had any intention of standing in the way of the youngster's chance to move into Europe as the lead driver for the Hitech Junior team.

"We're very disappointed Richard will not be racing for Hillspeed this year, particularly as we had every confidence we would be able to continue the winning relationship we developed during the latter part of 2007, culminating of course in our successful pursuit of the 2007 Formula Renault UK Winter Championship title", said Ollerenshaw.

"There's a lot of hard work ahead now to sort out a deal for another driver to partner Alex (Morgan) during the 2008 season but at least we have a couple of weeks in hand before official pre-season testing starts. Although this does obviously affect our plans to expand to three cars in Formula Renault UK, we're still confident this is an achievable aim."

Ollerenshaw added: "I would like to use this opportunity to wish Richard and his family well for the year ahead, there are no hard feelings at all. He's been offered an incredible deal, one the like of which doesn't come around very often at all."

With a number of drivers still to confirm deals for the 2008 season, Hillspeed would like to hear from any experienced runners who have the budget in place to secure one of Formula Renault UK's plum race seats. Interested drivers are invited to contact Richard Ollerenshaw on 01433 650400 or 07966 650400.

-credit: hillspeed.co.uk

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