UK 2.0: Paddy Hogan Donington race notes

HOGAN DRIVES AT DONINGTON Dublin racing driver Paddy Hogan has a 12 point lead in the prestigious Formula Renault UK championship after fourteen races, with five race wins to his credit so far, and eleven podium placings. Next weekend Hogan has...

HOGAN DRIVES AT DONINGTON

Dublin racing driver Paddy Hogan has a 12 point lead in the prestigious Formula Renault UK championship after fourteen races, with five race wins to his credit so far, and eleven podium placings. Next weekend Hogan has two further outings with the AKA Lemac car, this time over the 2.50 mile (4.023km) Donington Park Grand Prix circuit at the Renault World Series meeting, which on Sunday is expected to have in the region of 100,000 spectators.

"I like the Donington circuit and I am really heartened by the recent test sessions I've had in the car at Silverstone. I also had a serious 48 lap test in the Team Ireland A1 GP car last week, an experience for which I am most grateful to all those involved with the Irish team. That test should have honed my skills and reflexes because of the extra power," said Paddy Hogan. "I wish the team every success in the new season which starts in Holland early next month."

Paddy Hogan drove just the Wednesday afternoon of the two day test and went around the Silverstone International circuit in the green liveried 550 bhp A1 car that will represent Ireland in 1 minute 11.912 seconds while Team Ireland's number one driver Michael Devaney's best lap was 1 minute 11.877 seconds.

For now Paddy Hogan's full attention is on the Renault UK series and Donington Park, particularly on Saturday and Sunday next. "On Wednesday we test at Donington; on Saturday there is the qualification for round fifteenth and sixteen while on Sunday there are two races. Sweden's Sebastian Hohenthal is chasing me for the title with China's Franky Cheng third after fourteen very competitive races," said the Killiney based full-time racing driver. "I have to be at my sharpest this weekend."

The Donington Park Formula Renault lap record of 1 minute 32.44 seconds stands to Briton Lewis Hamilton who has been a front-runner in GP2 all this season and a likely Formula 1 driver next year. "I can see that record being beaten next weekend if the conditions are suitable. I would like to be the driver to do it for the sake of my Irish backers and my team, AKA Lemac," said Paddy Hogan as he left for the East Midlands and Donington Park.

-credit: ph

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Lewis Hamilton , Michael Devaney