Green shoots to the top in Formula Renault test. Jamie Green (Broughton Astley) headed official Formula Renault testing for the first time this year as the UK Championship's teams and drivers shook down their cars at Snetterton, Norfolk ...
Green shoots to the top in Formula Renault test.
Jamie Green (Broughton Astley) headed official Formula Renault testing for the first time this year as the UK Championship's teams and drivers shook down their cars at Snetterton, Norfolk yesterday.
Fortec Motorsport driver Green set a best lap time of 1m06.357s - an average speed of 105.90mph around the 1.96-mile circuit. Championship leader Mark McLoughlin (Buckingham), on his North Walsham team Paston Racing's home circuit, was second fastest, just a fraction of a second slower than Green.
Both drivers were underneath Snetterton's Formula Renault race lap record of 1m06.650s, set by 2000 Champion Kimi Raikkonen.
During last November's winter championship - when he made his Formula Renault debut having switched straight from top-level Formula A karts - and this year's opening three rounds, Green has shown he is a potential race-winner. The 19-year-old said: "I've been learning with every test day, qualifying session and race and at Snetterton I came away for the first time feeling I'd got the best out of the car and myself on the same day.
"This gives me a lot of confidence for the next round at Silverstone - I was third fastest there in last month's official test so a podium finish has to be my goal. We're looking in good shape for the rest of the season."
Motaworld Racing's Alex Lloyd (Port Soderick) and Fortec's Danny Watts (Northampton) were third and fourth fastest in Snetterton's test. John Village Automotive's Ryan Sharp (Aberdeen) and Motaworld's Gary Turkington completed the top six.
Elsewhere, Saxon International driver Chaz Small (Silverstone) escaped injury after barrel rolling his Formula Renault at over 100mph. The 18-year-old lost control of his car through the fast, right-hand Riches bend before its wheels dug into the grass, flipping it over. Saxon team boss Jason Coffin said: "Chaz was a bit shaken but otherwise fine. The car stood up extremely well to what was a very heavy landing and we see no reason why we won't have it rebuilt in time for Silverstone."
After missing round three of the championship at Thruxton, Swede Richard Goransson returned to action with the Cliff Dempsey Racing squad. Meanwhile, the JVA team fielded promising Italian racer Matteo Pellegrino who made an immediate impact with his pace to complete the day 17th fastest overall, just over a second off the top time.
<pre> Official Formula Renault UK Champion Test: Snetterton, Norfolk, 21/05/02 Weather: Cloudy/Mild/Dry
Pos/Driver (NAT) Entrant Time 1. Jamie Green (GBR) Fortec Motorsport 1m06.357s 2. Mark McLoughlin (GBR) Paston Racing 1m06.491s 3. Alex Lloyd (GBR) Motaworld Racing 1m06.725s 4. Danny Watts (GBR) Fortec Motorsport 1m06.744s 5. Ryan Sharp (GBR) John Village Automotive 1m06.871s 6. Gary Turkington (GBR) Motaworld Racing 1m06.943s 7. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Manor Motorsport 1m07.001s 8. Charles Hollings (GBR) Mackie Motorsport) 1m07.014s 9. Luciano Garcia (BRA) Fortec Motorsport 1m07.077s 10. Robert Bell (GBR) Motaworld Racing 1m07.167s 11. Will Davison (AUS) Motaworld Racing 1m07.181s 12. Robin Rudholm (SWE) Falcon Motorsport 1m07.306s 13. Patrick Long (USA) Manor Motorsport 1m07.361s 14. Keith Dempsey (IRL) Cliff Dempsey Racing 1m07.370s 15. Stefan Soderberg (SWE) John Village Automotive 1m07.379s 16. Ivor McCullough (GBR) Status Motorsport 1m07.390s 17. Matteo Pellegrino (ITA) John Village Automotive 1m07.490s 18. James Rossiter (GBR) Falcon Motorsport 1m07.499s 19. Richard Goransson (SWE) Cliff Dempsey Racing 1m07.584s 20. Susie Stoddart (GBR) Team DFR 1m07.688s 21. Matt Griffin (IRL) Manor Motorsport 1m07.752s 22. Ernesto José Viso (VEN) Manor Motorsport 1m07.811s 23. Chaz Small (GBR) Saxon International 1m07.826s 24. Robert Scott (IRL) Aztec International 1m08.015s 25. Oliver Scullion (GBR) Scorpio Motorsport 1m08.017s 26. David Hall (IRL) Scorpio Motorsport 1m08.066s 27. Philip Kershaw (IRL) Status Motorsport 1m08.179s 28. Ben Reeves (GBR) Falcon Motorsport 1m08.201s 29. Katherine Legge (GBR) Fortec Motorsport 1m08.353s 30. James Murphy (IRL) Paston Racing 1m08.694s 31. Darren Taylor (GBR) Saxon International 1m08.694s 32. Vasilije Calasan (FRA) John Village Automotive 1m10.225s
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