MORE POINTS FOR RUSSELL AT CHAOTIC DONINGTON Rounds 11 and 12 of the 2006 Formula Renault UK Championship certainly weren't the most favourable of the season for Matt Russell but the 22-year-old still managed to come away from the weekend...
MORE POINTS FOR RUSSELL AT CHAOTIC DONINGTON
Rounds 11 and 12 of the 2006 Formula Renault UK Championship certainly weren't the most favourable of the season for Matt Russell but the 22-year-old still managed to come away from the weekend scoring points in both races.
Driving for Doncaster-based Russell Racing, the Leoline Travel and Maltings Leisure & Fitness-supported star was bitterly disappointed after Saturday's pair of 20-minute qualifying sessions but he was determined to salvage something from the weekend in today's two action-packed races.
Lining up on the grid in 23rd position for round 11, Matt made a decent start and soon found himself inside the top 20 after some solid opening laps but on lap eight his hard work was undone after spinning at Coppice when carrying a touch too much speed into the corner.
After his untimely misdemeanour, Matt managed to post his fastest lap of the race with a 1m 07.748 seconds effort and by the end of the 16-lap outing he had managed to recover to 20th position for a single championship point.
Round 12 saw Matt start in 24th position although this time he would come home in 17th place at the chequered flag after a strong run. At the present time, however, it appears Matt has gained a further place following a decision by the Clerk of the Course to exclude 14th-placed finisher Jeremy Metcalfe after an incident with Sam Bird.
Provisionally, Matt is classified in 16th position but this could still change as Metcalfe's exclusion is being protested. Speaking on what could be considered his most trying weekend of the season, Matt said: "At least we got some points this weekend, just not as many as we wanted.
"Qualifying didn't go at all well and that really did bother me so in the races I just needed to push as much as I could to salvage as much as possible. In the first race I carried too much speed into Coppice, the back of the car came round and there was nothing I could do. I did set my fastest lap when I rejoined though so that was positive.
"It's quite frustrating as our race pace wasn't too bad. In race two though I went slightly offline and into the gravel. It lost us places which I was very annoyed about but at least I managed to rejoin and take some more points."
Both of today's races, which were broadcast live on Motors TV, will be repeated at 07.00 this Tuesday, 1st August. Sky Digital viewers can tune in to the replay via channel 413 while NTL customers can watch Motors TV through channel 173.
The next two rounds of the Formula Renault UK season will take place at Snetterton in Norfolk a fortnight from now, 12th/13th August. Before then, Russell Racing is expecting to field cars at Oulton Park Island Circuit this coming Saturday, 5th August.