CHRISTO STRIKES AGAIN! Adam Christodoulou continued his 2008 Formula Renault Championship campaign at Croft today with another masterful victory, his fifth of the season. The 18 year-old started the race from pole position, his third pole in a...
CHRISTO STRIKES AGAIN!
Adam Christodoulou continued his 2008 Formula Renault Championship campaign at Croft today with another masterful victory, his fifth of the season. The 18 year-old started the race from pole position, his third pole in a row, and took a confident win after leading all the way in tricky conditions.
The race was almost a non-starter as heavy rain in North Yorkshire meant that the first British Touring Car race of the day had to be aborted as the tin-tops struggled to race through the standing water at Croft. If the heavier touring cars couldn't cope with the amount of water on the track then it would have been disastrous for the light and nimble single-seaters so the start of race one was put right back. The track eventually dried up enough for racing to commence but the delays meant that only round nine was run. Round ten has been postponed until a later date which is still to be confirmed.
Adam got away well at the start and led the race from lights to flag but he was chased all the way by Alexander Sims and his cousin Riki Christodoulou. Ryuji Yamamoto's race unfortunately ended at the first corner after a coming together with Henry Surtees. Scott Jenkins had qualified back in 17th place but made the best of it and fought his way through to a top ten finish in the race, whilst Sten Pentus had to be content with 18th after going off and losing his front wing right at the end of the race.
"Croft isn't the easiest circuit in the dry so with it being half wet/half dry today it was trickier than ever. I knew that as long as I got a decent start I would be okay as there was only one dry line around the track. Alexander (Sims) and Riki (Christodoulou) pushed me all the way so I had to be careful, especially through the last corner where there was a wider line, but it w as great to take win number five. We now go straight into the next two rounds at Silverstone next weekend. I was second fastest in the test there but I know I'm quicker now. As ever the target is two race wins so that's what we will be heading out to achieve."
"I'm pleased to get a top ten finish but I still need to improve on my qualifying performance as it affects the rest of my race meeting. The racing is really good; the set up of the car is great and I can push really hard. I'm looking forward to moving onto Silverstone next week as we looked promising there in testing. There is only one qualifying session at that event though so I will have to make sure I pull something out of the bag."
CRS Team Director, Andrew Kirkaldy:
"We really didn't expect to get pole position here but Adam did a fantastic job in qualifying and that was that. It&rsq uo;s good to see him notch up another victory as he has been working incredibly hard for it. Scott raced really well again today. Yet again it's the qualifying performance that lets him down; we know he can race well so we have to get him up there in qualifying too. Sten was also racing really well but lost his front wing right at the end. Ryuji was pushed off by Henry Surtees at the start which was a real shame. Silverstone next weekend should be good for us. We had a couple of days testing there before the test ban kicked in and we're pretty happy with the track so hopefully we'll have another good weekend."