UK 2.0: Paddy Hogan Oulton Park preview

PADDY HOGAN'S WEEKEND The difficult Oulton Park Island Circuit, Cheshire, is where Dubliner Paddy Hogan will contest rounds three and four of the prestigious Formula Renault UK championship on May 13/14. Hogan (21) has had a five week lay-off ...

PADDY HOGAN'S WEEKEND

The difficult Oulton Park Island Circuit, Cheshire, is where Dubliner Paddy Hogan will contest rounds three and four of the prestigious Formula Renault UK championship on May 13/14. Hogan (21) has had a five week lay-off since his success at Brands Hatch in early April where he had two podium finishes - a win and a third place - putting the talented Killiney driver into second place in the series overall just three points behind the highly rated Briton James Sutton.

Since then the UK Renault contenders have had an official test session at Oulton Park and encouragingly Paddy Hogan was quickest in both morning and afternoon sessions over the 2.23 mile circuit. "I had a very good car from AKA Lemac, as always, and because of a serious training schedule I felt fitter. I think I can go quicker still when we return to Cheshire on May 13th and 14th," said the young Dubliner. Race one is on the Saturday and second on Sunday at 3 o'clock. It will be covered live on Motors TV (Channel 416 on Sky Digital).

It is accepted in motor racing circles that Formula Renault, in association with Michelin, is the perfect launching pad for young drivers on their way to professional careers. Paddy Hogan knows that, and he is also aware that for him to continue on that career path he must win several more rounds of this quality and very international championship.

"I have learned a lot already this year in testing and in the two races at Brands. The aim from here on in is to be on the pace from the start at each circuit, and that includes Oulton Park, where I must again come away with a substantial haul of points," said Hogan as he prepared to travel to the UK to meet up with AKA Lemac.

"To win championships one must be consistent, and that includes each qualifying session. I now know the circuit; I trust my team and particularly my engineer Paul Jackson, and I relish the challenge to win the championship outright. I know it will be very difficult because there is an amount of talent in the Formula this year."

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers James Sutton