New team heads latest Renault test. John Village Automotive became the fifth team this year to head an official Formula Renault UK Championship test when its drivers Ryan Sharp (Aberdeen) and Stefan Soderberg (Chesterfield) topped the times...
New team heads latest Renault test.
John Village Automotive became the fifth team this year to head an official Formula Renault UK Championship test when its drivers Ryan Sharp (Aberdeen) and Stefan Soderberg (Chesterfield) topped the times at the Croft circuit in North Yorkshire on Friday, 12th April.
The result marks a major breakthrough for the Chesterfield team which is new to Formula Renault in 2002 and - added to the fact the top 17 runners on the day were covered by less than a second - is further testament of the championship's competitiveness. It is also the first time this year that a team has had a one-two in official testing.
Team boss John Village said: "This shows we've got excellent drivers who can really do the job. As we've been going along we've been learning more and more about the cars and getting faster and faster.
"This doesn't mean we'll just go out and win the next race - Formula Renault is incredibly competitive - but I'd like to think we can get a very good result. This should be the lift we were looking for to put us in a position to challenge for race victories from now on."
Third quickest in Croft's test - his best performance of the year so far - was winter championship `find', Motaworld Racing's 17-year-old Alex Lloyd (Port Soderick). Opening round winner, Fortec Motorsport's Danny Watts (Northampton) was fourth but his day came to an abrupt end when his car was damaged in a collision with the JVA team's spinning French driver Vasilije Calasan (Oxford).
Paston Racing's Mark McLoughlin (Milton Keynes), runner-up to Watts in the opening round, and Motaworld's winter champion Robert Bell (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) completed the top six. Next up came Manor Motorsport's 17-year-old McLaren Formula One protégé Lewis Hamilton (Tewyn, Welwyn), Aztec International's Dutch ace Ricardo van der Ende, while team-mates, Australian Will Davison (Buckingham) and Gary Turkington (Portadown) made it all four Motaworld cars in the top 10.
There were excellent performances from Fortec's Katherine Legge (Haslemere) and Team DFR's Susie Stoddart (Oban), Britain's leading female racing drivers, who were 14th and 15th fastest overall, each within a second of pace-setter Sharp.
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<pre> Official Test: Formula Renault UK Championship, Croft, North Yorks Date: Friday 12th April 2002 Weather: Mainly Cloudy/Cool/ Dry with some showers
Pos/Driver (NAT) Entrant Time 1. Ryan Sharp (GBR) John Village Automotive 1m18.002s 2. Stefan Soderberg (SWE) John Village Automotive 1m18.251s 3. Alex Lloyd (GBR) Motaworld Racing 1m18.315s 4. Danny Watts (GBR) Fortec Motorsport 1m18.333s 5. Mark McLoughlin (GBR) Paston Racing 1m18.666s 6. Robert Bell (GBR) Motaworld Racing 1m18.670s 7. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Manor Motorsport 1m18.720s 8. Ricardo van der Ende (NDL) Aztec International 1m18.724s 9. Will Davison (AUS) Motaworld Racing 1m18.759s 10. Gary Turkington (GBR) Motaworld Racing 1m18.776s 11. Keith Dempsey (IRL) Cliff Dempsey Racing 1m18.795s 12. Robin Rudholm (SWE) Falcon Motorsport 1m18.808s 13. Matt Griffin (IRL) Manor Motorsport 1m18.842s 14. Katherine Legge (GBR) Fortec Motorsport 1m18.844s 15. Susie Stoddart (GBR) Team DFR 1m18.873s 16. Patrick Long (USA) Manor Motorsport 1m18.934s 17. Ernesto José Viso (VEN) Manor Motorsport 1m18.975s 18. Stuart King (GBR) John Village Automotive 1m19.010s 19. Oilver Scullion (GBR) Scorpio Motorsport 1m19.091s 20. Steve Kane (GBR) Mackie Motorsport 1m19.092s 21. Jamie Green (GBR) Fortec Motorsport 1m19.096s 22. James Rossiter (GBR) Falcon Motorsport 1m19.144s 23. Hayanari Shimoda (JPN) Paston Racing 1m19.210s 24. James Murphy (JPN) Paston Racing 1m19.292s 25. Luciano Garcia (BRA) Fortec Motorsport 1m19.643s 26. Ben Reeves (GBR) Falcon Motorsport 1m19.710s 27. Ivor McCullough (GBR) Status Motorsport 1m19.793s 28. Charles Hollings (GBR) Mackie Motorsport 1m20.078s 29. Robert Scott (GBR) Aztec International 1m20.092s 30. Philip Kershaw (IRL) Status Motorsport 1m20.405s 31. David Hall (IRL) Scorpio Motorsport 1m20.698s 32. Barry Sime (GBR) Team DFR 1m21.202s 33. Vasilije Calasan (FRA) John Village Automotive 1m21.841s
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