UK: AKA Cobra Thruxton preview

Bardon, Leicestershire, UK -- 27 April 2007: The 2007 Formula Renault UK season continues next weekend (5/6 May) at the fast and furious Thruxton Circuit. The AKA Cobra team are gunning to get back on the podium after a tough weekend at ...

Bardon, Leicestershire, UK -- 27 April 2007: The 2007 Formula Renault UK season continues next weekend (5/6 May) at the fast and furious Thruxton Circuit. The AKA Cobra team are gunning to get back on the podium after a tough weekend at Rockingham.

Andrew Kirkaldy and Chris Niarchos have heavy schedules as, whilst their Formula Renault team is doing battle at Thruxton, they will be at Silverstone competing in the FIA GT Championship round.

Andrew Kirkaldy:

"There are two ways to look at Thruxton. In one sense it will be good for Jeremy as he has raced well there before and was good at the test. It's harder for the other three as they have had very little testing there and have to go straight into qualifying. It will come down to who can jump into the car cold and get straight on it."

Chris Niarchos:

"We were a bit disappointed with our showing at Rockingham but we're focusing forwards. The drivers are all learning and I believe they'll bounce back very quickly. They've all got good heads on their shoulders."

Adam Christodoulou (currently 3rd in Championship standings):

"I'm really looking forward to Thruxton. I haven't raced there before but the testing we did there went pretty well. I wasn't the fastest but I had a good pace and I thought it was an awesome track, in fact I don't know any other track quite like it. When I came in after my first session I couldn't stop smiling; you don't realise how fast it is until you drive the track yourself. We struggled slightly at Rockingham but I think we'll be sorted for Thruxton; everyone has had the same amount of testing there. We are straight out into qualifying so that will be a new challenge but I'm ready for it and can't wait to see what the racing is going to be like there."

Jeremy Metcalfe (currently 4th in Championship standings):

"Rockingham wasn't quite the weekend we wanted but I'm looking forward to Thruxton now and hopefully we'll find some more pace to be able to challenge the championship leaders. I want a couple of podiums at least but my main target is to be ahead of (Duncan) Tappy so we can make some inroads into the championship lead. We did some valuable set-up work during the official test a couple of weeks ago so hopefully that will stand us in good stead and we can score some big points next weekend."

Chris Holmes (currently 8th in Championship standings):

"I love Thruxton! It's mega fast and usually rewards the brave so for me that's a good thing. It's never easy there though, it will be very close and I have to perform. We had a good test there. We were relatively quick straight away and we worked on a few things with the set-up. I had a weekend to forget at Rockingham; the car felt good but a poor qualifying left me with hard races. My plan for Thruxton is to approach it like every race weekend, but this time we go straight into qualifying so I need to focus and get straight on it. I need some good points results to get me back on track. My previous results at Thruxton have been good: I was second in the Caterham R400 Championship in 2004, then I qualified third there in Formula BMW in 2005, so I have had some good results. I just hope i can do the same in Formula Renault!"

Nathan Caratti (currently 17th in Championship standings):

"Thruxton might be a difficult event for us. We weren't quite on the pace in testing and, as there is no Friday practice there, we will go straight into qualifying which will be tough. I need to focus on improving my qualifying performance, as this is crucial in Formula Renault. There should be plenty of good overtaking opportunities at Thruxton as it flat out and a draft will help this but it doesn't beat getting a good lap time in qualifying."

Rounds five and six of the 2007 Formula Renault UK Championship are scheduled for Sunday 6 May at 1135hrs and 1605hrs. Both races will be shown live on Setanta Sports 2.

-credit: aka

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