Formula Renault rolls into Rockingham this week for rounds three and four of the 2008 Formula Renault UK Championship. After taking his first win at Brands Hatch, Adam Christodoulou will be out to prove he can do it again as he continues his...
Formula Renault rolls into Rockingham this week for rounds three and four of the 2008 Formula Renault UK Championship. After taking his first win at Brands Hatch, Adam Christodoulou will be out to prove he can do it again as he continues his assault on the 2008 title. Scott Jenkins and Ryuji Yamamoto are snapping at his heels, both enjoying strong starts to their season at Brands, and Sten Pentus is looking to capitalise on some good pre-season preparation at the Rockingham track. The CRS Formula Renault team is leading the Championship and is looking to extend that lead at Rockingham.
"Rockingham is one of the most challenging tracks for the driver and for the car. The circuit runs in an anti-clockwise direction which is unusual in comparison to all the other UK tracks. With all those extra left turns the left side of your body takes a real pounding during the races. It is very important at Rockingham to look after your tyres and keep them in good condition. With so many corners and a rough track surface it's easy to overheat and wear out your tyres. In all my years of racing I have learnt how to stay consistently on the pace around such a challenging track so that will benefit me this weekend. I managed a sixth place there last year and so far during testing I have been the pace setter so hopefully things will go my way this weekend."
"Rockingham is one of my favourite UK circuits. I had good results there last year, both in the race when I enjoyed a good fight with Adam (Christodoulou) and during testing. This year my target is to secure a good position in qualifying and to get on the podium. At Rockingham it is very important to get the last corner right in order to carry higher speed onto the long home straight. If I'm slow in the last corner I will be slow on the straight and that puts me at risk from the guys behind so I will carefully adjust my driving and car set up to take that into account."
"I haven't raced at Rockingham before but I have tested there for four days with the team so I know the track quite well now. Testing was good and, although I picked the circuit up pretty quickly, it took a while longer to pick up the pace as I have never driven on an anti-clockwise circuit before. I definitely noticed the difference in my neck muscles! I really like Rockingham as I like the mixture of long flowing corners and the tight twisty ones; it seems to suit my driving style as there are plenty of overtaking opportunities which is something I am used to from karting. Rockingham is also great for spectators as it's within an oval and the stands are all around. I was pleased with my first race result at Brands Hatch and my aim is to do as well or hopefully better and to be consistent in both races. Qualifying is so important and I will be working hard to qualify well to put me in the best position to achieve my goal of a podium finish. The whole team work incredibly hard so it would be great to give them a good result."
"This is going to be my first time racing at Rockingham but I am very much looking forward to it as I like the track. During the pre-season testing we had plenty of opportunities to learn this circuit. I think I made good progress overall but of course there is always room for improvement. It's definitely going to be an interesting race and I have high hopes of a good result."
CRS Team Director, Andrew Kirkaldy:
"We have been very strong in testing at Rockingham with all four drivers. It was not a good track for us last year but we have worked hard at it and this year it will be better. Three of our drivers were strong at Brands and I believe that Sten (Pentus) will be strong too at Rockingham so we are aiming to come away with an extended points lead if we can."
Qualifying for rounds three and four at Rockingham takes place this Saturday at 1015hrs and 1345hrs. The first race is on Saturday at 1715hrs and race two takes place on Sunday afternoon at 1405hrs.