A NEW FACE JOINS CRS AT CROFT There was a new, yet familiar, face at CRS Racing for the Croft round of the 2010 Formula Renault UK Championship. Riki Christodoulou has stepped into the No.15 car after Victor Correa announced his departure to ...
A NEW FACE JOINS CRS AT CROFT
There was a new, yet familiar, face at CRS Racing for the Croft round of the 2010 Formula Renault UK Championship. Riki Christodoulou has stepped into the No.15 car after Victor Correa announced his departure to the European F3 Open series. Riki clearly felt immediately at home with the team his cousin Adam won the title with in 2008 and only narrowly missed out on a podium finish this afternoon.
During the first qualifying session on Saturday it was Croft rookie, Robert Foster-Jones who got it all together and took fifth place on the grid. Behind him Harry Tincknell took eighth, with Riki in 10th and Mick Lyons in 15th.
Robert converted his grid position into fifth place in race one. This is his best result of the season so far and shows how much the Essex lad is coming on. The other three CRS drivers all improved on their qualifying results with Harry taking seventh, Riki in ninth and Mick in 13th.
The second qualifying session produced a rather mixed up grid which saw Robert, Mick and Harry line up together in eighth, ninth and tenth, with Riki leading the way in fifth.
Unlike Oulton Park two weeks ago all four CRS drivers got away cleanly at the start and managed to avoid any contact. The pole position car of Thomas Hylkema didn't make it to turn one so all the drivers immediately gained a place. As Riki set off after a spot on the podium, Mick, Rob and Harry were locked into their own battle for seventh place. At the end of lap two Harry squeezed up the inside of Rob into the last corner and took eighth from him.
The final result was a well-deserved fourth place for Riki Christodoulou, making his debut in the new Formula Renault car. Mick Lyons also took his best finish of the season so far with a confident drive to seventh place. Harry was on his tail all the way and he came home in eighth, now standing in fifth place in the championship, and Robert finished in tenth place.
The Formula Renault teams go into their traditional summer break now. Racing resumes at Snetterton in eight weeks' time. There will be no such break for CRS though as the GT team heads off to Spa this week for the next round of the International GT Open.
-source: crs racing