Ultimate and Mansell Looking for Home Glory at Silverstone
On July 4 and 5 the next round of the World Series by Renault series will take place at Silverstone and Wellingborough based Ultimate Motorsport will be hoping that home advantage will enable the 2008 Vice Champions to return to winning ways in the Formula Renault 3.5 Championship.
One of the most famous names in British motorsport will adorn one of the orange Ultimate Motorsport 425bhp Formula Renault 3.5 race cars. After a year of racing in the United States, Greg Mansell, the 21-year-old son of former F1 World Champion Nigel Mansell, is competing in his first race in the UK since 2007 and is relishing the challenge of competing on the full Grand Prix circuit at the home of British motor racing.
"Silverstone is my favourite track in the world; I had some good results there in Formula 3 and it's going to be great to be racing at home in front of the home crowd." said Greg Mansell. "In Hungary we found the set up with the car that I like and I can drive; it's giving me the feedback that I'm looking for. The last two races there were good for me, even though the results don't show it and we were pretty much the only car able to overtake. We have a very good car now and I'm driving well, so it's looking good going forward. With regards to the accident in the second race, it's like everything in motor racing, you have to look at the incident closely and ask yourself could I have done anything differently to avoid having an accident? If the answer is no, you have to suck it up and move on, which I have and I'm looking forward to racing at Silverstone."
The second Ultimate Motorsport Dallara is driven by championship contender Miguel Molina. The double race winner is currently lying in 4th place overall in the 2009 driver's championship and knows that Silverstone represents a good opportunity of getting his title aspirations back on track after a throttle sensor problem in Hungary three weeks ago denied him a possible podium finish from the front row of the grid.
"Silverstone is a great track and the team's home circuit," said Miguel Molina. "As always I will try to do my best and hopefully the results will come. Hungary was very disappointing but we were very competitive all weekend and I have a very fast car to take to Silverstone. I'm sure we will do well in a very important weekend for Ultimate Motorsport and for the 2009 championship."
"This is the event we have been looking forward to the most," said Team Manager Colin Morgan. "As a British team based just up the road in Wellingborough we want to do well at Silverstone in front of the British fans. We've been making steady progress this year and I believe that we have a great opportunity this weekend to return to winning ways. We had a lot of bad luck in Hungary, with Greg being taken out of the second race in a big accident and Miguel's car having the first technical failure of the season. Greg has made enormous strides in the first part of the season and was one of the few cars in Hungary to do any overtaking. We just need to get him into the Superpole qualifying session to put him at the front of the grid and he'll be looking good for some points on familiar territory. Miguel is a highly experienced driver and I'm sure he'll be challenging for the podium, as he has been all season. I'm sure it's going to be a great weekend."
Rounds 8 & 9 of the 2009 Formula Renault 3.5 Series take place on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 July, with qualifying on Saturday morning.