FORMULA RENAULT READY TO GO! As the Formula One drivers take to the track in Melbourne to begin the 2009 F1 season, the drivers hoping to follow in their footsteps are preparing for the new season of Formula Renault UK that starts in just over a...
FORMULA RENAULT READY TO GO!
As the Formula One drivers take to the track in Melbourne to begin the 2009 F1 season, the drivers hoping to follow in their footsteps are preparing for the new season of Formula Renault UK that starts in just over a week's time at Brands Hatch (4/5 April). After running the 2008 Formula Renault UK Champion, Adam Christodoulou, CRS Racing has an all-new squad for 2009: Josh Scott, Harry Tincknell, Lewis Williamson and Matias Laine; along with Michael Lyons who is racing in conjunction with CRS.
After completing his rookie Formula Renault season in 2008, Australian Josh Scott is back to fight for the top spot in 2009. Exeter-born Harry Tincknell is hoping to take his racing career all the way to the top and chose to race in Formula Renault to make the most of the amount of track time the series enjoys. Lewis Williamson is a young Scottish driver, starting his car-racing career with CRS, after winning multiple karting championships. Matias Laine from Finland is aiming high this year and wants to continue the good progress he has made in testing, whereas Michael Lyons is looking to start steady and work up to the top positions. He's starting his season in style though as he is competing alongside the F1 teams in Melbourne this weekend in the F5000 support race.
"This is a very important year for me as I am here to fight for the championship. I couldn't have better support as CRS is the best team in the field at the moment; they won the championship last year and I have been very impressed with their professionalism in testing. On that subject, I have missed a lot of the pre-season tests due to having problems with my visa, but I am mentally and physically ready for this and I'm hungry to get back into it. I'm hoping I can have a good start to the season, like last year when I finished second in round one, as that will get me right back into the flow. I quite like racing at Brands Hatch; I know the circuit well from doing the 2007 Formula Ford Festival and, of course, Formula Renault last year. Graham Hill Bend is my favourite part; it's a fast third-gear corner, which is slippery on the way in and slightly off camber on the exit. It's not my favourite track on the calendar as it's so hard to overtake there but I'm going to work hard on my qualifying pace this year to make sure I can take regular points off my main competitors, the likes of Calado, Stoneman and Webb, the other second year drivers."
"I was either going to race in Formula Renault UK or Formula BMW Europe this year. After topping the timesheets and being offered a scholarship at the Valencia shootout we decided to turn it down and race in Formula Renault as you get a lot more running in Formula Renault than in BMW. CRS is the top team with a proven track record; they know how to bring young drivers on and know what it takes to win, so they were an obvious choice. My aim as a rookie driver is to win the Graduate Cup. It would be great to have some podium finishes but we will have to see where we are in the main championship and use the experience in 2009 to go for the main championship in 2010. I'm going to go out and give everything I've got in each race. Consistency throughout the season is going to be the biggest thing I have to concentrate on. I know I have the raw speed but being able to show this at each track for 20 races will be hard for any rookie but it has shown in the past that the person who can consistently be in the top six at each round will be right up there in the championship standings come the end of the year. I've regularly been the top graduate in testing so I am pleased about that. My fitness and strength training has been stepped up another gear since Christmas and I am fitter than I have ever been and raring to get out on the track for the season opener at Brands Hatch. This will be my first time racing at Brands Hatch but I was quickest in the unofficial test there in February and I was in the top four in both the wet and the dry at the official test so the signs are good."
"Formula Renault is definitely the best place to start your car career off in and, with a team like CRS, I felt at home straightaway, especially with Andrew Kirkaldy being a fellow Scot. My plan this year is to take each race as it comes and try to do the best job I can, every step of the way. I've been working hard during testing and will be concentrating on my qualifying performance, putting it all together when all the conditions are right, and making sure I drive consistently and make steady progress through the year. I'm glad the season starts at Brands Hatch as I have good memories of the track. I competed in a Formula Jedi event there last year where I took pole position for both races, won the first race and retired from the lead in the second with a broken driveshaft. I'm looking forward to race one!"
"I'm racing in Formula Renault this year because it is the best place for rookie drivers, and I believe CRS is the best of the UK teams. My target this year is to work hard and learn as much as possible from the team and I am aiming high at a top three finish. We are up against some good second year drivers but I think we need to do the first race and see where we are. During the testing we made some good progress, taking steps forward with each test, so I am feeling confident for the season. This will be my first race at Brands Hatch and I am very much looking forward to it."
"I'm very happy to be racing in Formula Renault this year, as it appears to be the most competitive series available, with a proven track record of launching driver's careers. To have support from CRS is great as they are very professional and have some of the top personnel. My target for the first few rounds is to finish in the top 10; if I achieve this I can then aim higher. I am pleased with the way things have gone in testing but would have liked to do more of it. I regret missing the Silverstone test but the opportunity to compete in a Formula One support race was too good to miss. I'm really fired up for Brands now and can't wait to get started. I got my first race win there so I hope to start of the season with a good result."