ALL-NEW LINE-UP FOR 2009 FORMULA RENAULT SQUAD There are four new names on the driving roster for CRS Racing's Formula Renault squad in 2009. Matias Laine, Josh Scott, Harry Tincknell and Lewis Williamson will race the red, white and blue ...
ALL-NEW LINE-UP FOR 2009 FORMULA RENAULT SQUAD
There are four new names on the driving roster for CRS Racing's Formula Renault squad in 2009. Matias Laine, Josh Scott, Harry Tincknell and Lewis Williamson will race the red, white and blue CRS cars, all hoping to taste success with the team like 2008 Driver's Champion, Adam Christodoulou.
Eighteen year-old Matias "Matso" Laine hails from Finland and is entering his first full year of racing cars after winning a great deal in karting where he was a works Tony Kart driver in 2008.
Josh Scott completed his karting apprenticeship in his home country, Australia, where he also raced Formula Fords before moving to the UK last year to take part in his graduate year in Formula Renault. He had some promising results in 2008, including a second place at Thruxton, so he is ready to step up to a title challenge in 2009.
The team's two British drivers are Harry Tincknell and Lewis Williamson. Harry is fresh out of karting, 17 years old and ready to race cars. He has received plaudits from many of the sport's luminaries, from Fleet Street journalists to ex-F1 drivers, who all believe he has a great career ahead of him.
Lewis Williamson is a very successful Scottish karter, winning almost every title in gearbox karting last year. He is British 125 ICC UK Champion, British 125 ICC UK Open Champion, British 125 ICC UK Grand Prix Champion and Scottish 125 ICC UK Champion. He also took a podium finish in the 2008 Formula Renault Winter Series, proving that he is a rookie to be watched in 2009.
"The choice of drivers for us in 2009 has been a fairly straightforward process," said Team Director, Andrew Kirkaldy. "It was important for us to have a second-year driver and in Josh we have someone very capable of following in Adam's footsteps. Both Matias and Harry have come from very established karting careers and have shown very well in testing. I expect them to do very well this season, especially given the fact there are not so many drivers returning to the Championship from 2008, giving a field of mainly rookie drivers. Lewis was a real revelation in the Winter Series and during testing. I had little or no knowledge of him before he arrived with CRS to test. His results in the winter were very impressive and I hope this continues into this year's Championship."
Kirkaldy also went on to explain a new alliance CRS Racing has formed with Hitech Racing.
"In 2009 we will be joining forces with Hitech Racing to share information and data between the teams. This will be a great benefit to us and Hitech, giving us a picture of performance over eight cars instead of just four. There are many ways in which two teams working together can be of benefit and I am sur e that it will help us in our bid to win the Championship again in 2009."
Matias, Josh, Harry and Lewis will all be on track at Silverstone this Thursday as they start their preparations for the 2009 Formula Renault UK Championship which begins at Brands Hatch in early April.