Rounds five and six of the 2008 Formula Renault UK Championship turned out to be tough for the CR Scuderia team but, despite not notching up any more wins, the team leaves Donington tonight still leading both the drivers and teams ...
Rounds five and six of the 2008 Formula Renault UK Championship turned out to be tough for the CR Scuderia team but, despite not notching up any more wins, the team leaves Donington tonight still leading both the drivers and teams championships.
The mild weather brought a few showers to Donington today but the Renault runners got away lightly with no sudden changes in the weather during their two races. Adam Christodoulou got a good start in race one, jumping from sixth to fourth before setting off after third-placed Henry Surtees, passing him at the start of lap three. Ryuji Yamamoto was hit on the first lap and forced to retire as he came past the pits. Scott Jenkins and Sten Pentus were both making good progress from their 12th and 19th grid positions with Scott up to ninth and Sten up to 12th by lap five. At the chequered flag Adam was in fourth, after losing a place to Kris Loane, Scott was a creditable seventh and Sten was 12th.
Race two began on a slightly slippery track and nearly all of the CR Scuderia drivers lost out at the start, all apart from Sten who held onto 13th. Ryuji slipped from third to fifth, Adam fell back to 11th and Scott had a spin which put him right to the back. It was time for the fight back to begin.
By lap 10 Adam was up to seventh, Ryuji was ninth, Sten 11th and Scott was flying in 15th place after setting his first fastest lap of 2008. They all improved further and Adam came home in fifth, taking more precious championship points. Ryuji finished in eighth place, closely followed by Sten in ninth and Scott in 13th.
"After the test on Thursday I thought I would do better in qualifying than I actually did. After the first session I thought it couldn't get any worse…but then it did! Once qualifying doesn't go to plan damage limitation kicks in and I knew I had to play safe and go for solid points finishes in both races. Race two was tough for me as I overheated the clutch doing practice starts so it was really hard to get off the line and I lost a few places. I knew I had to redeem myself so set about overtaking a few guys. A fourth and a fifth place is okay for our bogey track. Our pre-season testing at Thruxton went really well so I hope we'll be back on top in a couple of weeks."
"I got hit in race one which was very disappointing. In race two, two cars got past me at the start so I had to fight hard which was tricky as the track was slippery. This hasn't been a great weekend but I will stay positive and look forward to Thruxton in two weeks time."
"I had quite a difficult time in qualifying and I have got to improve that as low grid positions seriously compromise the rest of the weekend. The car felt good in both races so once I've mastered qualifying things will be a lot better."
"I had a good start in race one and had the pace to get through some of the traffic. Race two also started well but then I made an error, trying a different line through the second to last corner, got a wheel on the dirt and spun around. I was pretty angry with myself for that but it seemed to do the trick and I was able to get my head down and make up a lot of places. I really enjoyed it as the car felt perfect and I was able to really go for it."
CRS Team Director, Andrew Kirkaldy:
"Donington was a difficult weekend for the team; I would love to know why we always seem to have a tough time there! Even though things didn't go well we still leave the circuit with a very similar lead in the championship. I am very confident going to Thruxton and I am sure we can continue our bid to wi n the championship."