CHRISTO CRUISES TO DOUBLE VICTORY Adam Christodoulou stamped his mark on the Formula Renault UK Championship today with two perfectly-executed wins at Oulton Park. The CR Scuderia driver now leads the Championship by a large margin, and is in a...
CHRISTO CRUISES TO DOUBLE VICTORY
Adam Christodoulou stamped his mark on the Formula Renault UK Championship today with two perfectly-executed wins at Oulton Park. The CR Scuderia driver now leads the Championship by a large margin, and is in a great position going into the last two events of the 2008 season.
In race one Adam got a great start off the line and immediately took the lead, whilst his closest Championship-challenger, Riki Christodoulou, crashed out at the first corner. Adam stayed in P1 to the chequered flag, taking his sixth win of the season so far. Scott had qualified well in seventh place and was able to take advantage of a good starting position and race through to a fifth place finish. Jesse picked up a puncture when Riki Christodoulou went off so had to pit for fresh rubber and Ryuji came home in 15th.
Adam got away well again in race two and settled into the race in second place behind Dean Stoneman. He took the lead when Stoneman had to serve a drive-through penalty for jumping the start. Scott had a fantastic start from 10th, taking three places straight away, and was running sixth towards the end of the race when he passed Adriano Buzaid around the outside of turn one, taking fifth place from the Brazilian. Ryuji unfortunately outbraked himself on lap two and ran into Jesse, ending the race for both drivers.
"We came here thinking that out of the last three circuits this would be our weakest. So to leave with an even bigger lead in the Championship is amazing. I qualified in second place for both races but, as the grid isn't staggered at Oulton, I knew I had a good chance to take the lead at the start. I managed it in race one but Dean (Stoneman) got a better start than me in race two. When I saw the penalty board come out for no.7 I didn't realise who it was at first so I was quite happy when I realised it was Dean. I felt bad for him of course but I got the lead and was able to take it from there all the way to the flag. So, considering what we expected, this has been a brilliant weekend. We worked hard and made no mistakes and leave here with a 55 point lead over (Alexander) Sims. We're into the closing stages of the Championship now and I'm pleased that it's all going in the right direction.
CRS Team Director, Andrew Kirkaldy:
"It has been an awesome weekend for the team. We didn't expect to be too fast here so to come away with two wins is phenomenal. Scott has improved again since Snetterton and has taken two very good results. Jesse showed a lot of promise throughout the weekend but was a bit unlucky in both races; first picking up a puncture in race one and then being take n out in race two. Ryuji is on a bit of a downward turn at the moment but we hope to turn him back around for the last two events. Adam came here with a good lead in the Championship and leaves with an even bigger lead so he is now well on his way and I couldn't be happier for him."
The Formula Renault UK Championship continues in five weeks' time at Silverstone on 30/31 August.