UK: AKA Cobra Thruxton preview

THRUXTON PREVIEW The 2007 Formula Renault season wraps up this weekend at Thruxton and the AKA Cobra boys are all looking forward to rounding the season off with some great on-track results. Adam Christodoulou in particular has an important ...


The 2007 Formula Renault season wraps up this weekend at Thruxton and the AKA Cobra boys are all looking forward to rounding the season off with some great on-track results. Adam Christodoulou in particular has an important weekend ahead of him as he is racing to secure the Graduate Cup.

Andrew Kirkaldy, Team Principal:

"We had a good test at Thruxton back in the summer so I expect it will be a good event for us. Jeremy has always gone well there and Adam will be going for victory in the Graduate Cup so we will be working hard to help him win that. The season as a whole has had its ups and downs for us but the overall feeling is positive. Adam has done an excellent job in his first year in cars, Chris and Nathan have both shown they are really quick but haven't had the luck, and Jeremy has been quick all year, taking two wins."

Adam Christodoulou (currently 4th in Championship standings and 1st in Graduate Cup):

"After my last race at Thruxton I think this is going to be the one to complete my fantastic racing season. Thruxton is one of the best race tracks in the UK. It is by far the fastest track and you're driving flat out, on the edge, the whole way around from corner one until the last corner. Last time I was here I was the first and only graduate to put it on pole this year. I am hoping for a podium finish this race to round my year off nicely. There is only a very slim chance of me getting third in the main championship, but I have a handy 18-point lead in the graduate cup. My 2007 season has been far better than expected. I have had 15 top six finishes this year which is great, but unfortunately my consistency hurts me when it comes to dropped points, because I have to drop a larger amount. I have learnt a huge amount this year. As it is my first year in cars I have learnt something new every time I've got in the car and myself, my team-mates and the whole team have been improving every race."

Jeremy Metcalfe (currently 5th in Championship standings):

"I'm looking forward to Thruxton, we had a podium there earlier in the year and so I'd like to end the season with a couple more. Ideally I want to end the season with a win but we won't know where we are compared to the others until qualifying. I'm hopeful the weekend will be good as it's been quite a disappointing year with all of the bad luck we've had. We were quite strong during the Thruxton test a couple of months ago but the weather was warmer then so the order on the day isn't necessarily what it'll be next weekend. I'm confident we'll be strong though. We haven't even started to make any decisions about the route we want to take next year but we'll look at doing some testing over the winter -- in what though I've no idea at the moment! For now, I'm only thinking about next weekend's races at Thruxton. When the championship is over, then we can start looking at what 2008 has in store for us."

Chris Holmes (currently 9th in Championship standings):

"I am looking forward to the final two races; it's been a month since I last drove! Last time we visited Thruxton I had a bad weekend with my engine and that ruined my chances of a competitive showing. I think this time I have every chance of fighting at the front and I will be trying everything to get a podium, but as ever it's all down to sorting the car and getting a good balance for qualifying. Looking back over the season it could have been better: I have had the pace but just lacked the experience when it came to qualifying. A few problems have set me back with both the car and myself, but it has not been a bad year. I would love to carry on in Formula Renault next season and build on what I have learnt, but it's going to be a question of finding the budget. Hopefully I can continue and be winning races in 2008!"

Nathan Caratti (currently 16th in Championship standings):

"I'm hoping for a good result this weekend and aiming for the top six. I qualified fifth last time we were at Thruxton which was my best result of the year so I hope to be able to do that again. I like the circuit very much as it is so fast so I hope to round off what has been a difficult year with some positive results. The season hasn't gone the way I wanted it to. It started well, and I was ninth by the halfway point of the year, but now that I have more pace the luck seems to have deserted me! I want to finish on a high at Thruxton and then I can consider my plans for racing ion 2008."

After Saturday's two qualifying sessions, race one will take place on Sunday 14 October at 1220hrs before race two brings the season to a close at 1700hrs.


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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Andrew Kirkaldy , Jeremy Metcalfe , Nathan Caratti , Adam Christodoulou