BFREN: Oulton Park test report 2002-04-17

Watts fastest, Legge stars in Oulton Test. Series leader Danny Watts (Northampton) headed today's intensely close Formula Renault UK Championship test at Oulton Park but only after his Fortec Motorsport team-mate Katherine Legge (Haslemere) had...

Watts fastest, Legge stars in Oulton Test.

Series leader Danny Watts (Northampton) headed today's intensely close Formula Renault UK Championship test at Oulton Park but only after his Fortec Motorsport team-mate Katherine Legge (Haslemere) had starred by going quickest overall at one point.

The test was the final chance teams and drivers will get to run ahead of this weekend 20th/21st April's second round of the championship at the Cheshire venue. Less than a second covered the top 22 drivers.

At the top of the times, Watts just headed Paston Racing's Mark McLoughlin (Milton Keynes) - second to him in Brands Hatch's opening round - and title-defending team Motaworld Racing's winter champion Robert Bell (Newcastle-upon-Tyne). The three were covered by just 42/100ths of a second. Watts' best lap of 1m19.609s was an average speed of 106.81mph around Oulton's 2.4-mile Island circuit.

Fourth and fifth fastest overall were Manor Motorsport's McLaren Formula One team protégé Lewis Hamilton (Tewyn, Welywn) and Motaworld's Alex Lloyd (Port Soderick) - both only 17 years old. Next up and making it three Motaworld cars in the top six was Australian Will Davison (Buckingham).

All but three of the 35 drivers taking part set their fastest laps in the day's fourth and final session. At the end of the third, Fortec's Katherine Legge - quick all day - had put in the best time to brilliantly go fastest of all. In the final session, however, she was unable to respond when her rivals fitted new sets of tyres to their cars and slipped to 11th overall.

The 21-year-old said: "I did get a new set of tyres but never got a chance to push to the limit with them. I managed three pretty quick laps but then the session was stopped because of an accident out on the track. If I had got a clear run then I reckon I could have got into the top five."

Teams and drivers now prepare for this coming weekend's race meeting. Saturday qualifying which will see only the top 30 make it through to Sunday's starting grid, is from 13.20-13.50. Sunday's 18-lap race starts at 13.45.

For all the latest Formula Renault news visit the official Renault UK motorsport website www.renaultsport.co.uk

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Lewis Hamilton , Katherine Legge , Will Davison , Danny Watts