FORMULA RENAULT HEADS NORTH The Formula Renault UK Championship sets out on its northern leg this month with two races at Oulton Park this weekend, followed by two more at Croft in Yorkshire two weeks later. After events at Thruxton, ...
FORMULA RENAULT HEADS NORTH
The Formula Renault UK Championship sets out on its northern leg this month with two races at Oulton Park this weekend, followed by two more at Croft in Yorkshire two weeks later. After events at Thruxton, Rockingham and Brands Hatch, the CRS Formula Renault racers are just getting into their stride in the new chassis.
Harry Tincknell's championship challenge is on course; he currently sits in third place but the points are close at the top and everything could turn around at Oulton Park. Robert Foster-Jones has had a tougher initiation than he expected into racing cars but he is making real progress too. Mick Lyons is racing better than ever as his results show and Victor Correa is really starting to get to grips with the series, finishing in the top 10 last time out.
"I've had a pretty good start to the season so far with four podiums in the first five races. My aim was to be on the podium at every race and I've done that so far, apart from Brands where I came from 17th to 6th in the race after my car had an electrical problem in qualifying. My aim at Oulton is definitely another two podiums, hopefully on the top step. Last year I had an amazing start and led a lot of the race before finishing second so I have proved that I am quick round this track and can't wait to get out there as it is my favourite in the calendar. It's a really fast and undulating track and corners like Cascades and Druids are some of the best in the country. I think the new car is definitely a step forward from the old model. It is a lot nicer to drive and I think it looks a lot better now as well. I have had to adjust my driving style a little bit but I think the results this season show that the team and I are doing a good job. It seems typical that we didn't have any problems in testing and now the racing has started we've had a few reliability issues but these were ironed out at the test at Snetterton so hopefully we can look forward to a successful weekend at Oulton Park!"
"I feel that my first three races in Formula Renault have been more difficult than I anticipated. I'm currently eighth in the championship, which was not quite what I had hoped for but by no means a disaster. In the three official tests I think I took a leap forward as a driver and I'm now even more well-equipped to do a better job for the remainder of the season, especially at tracks like Snetterton and Silverstone which I like and enjoy. I'm very happy with what the team is doing for me, both at and away from the track, and by the end of the season I aim to bring them some silverware!"
"It seems a long time since we were last racing but I've been training hard so I'm really looking forward Oulton Park. Last year this was the track where my season started to turn around and was one of my better qualifying results. The season so far has been seen some good performances but due to a DNF in the first race I am a bit down in the championship. Having said that it's a long season and there are drop scores to take into account. The recent tests have gone well for me and left me in a good position to keep pushing up to the front. I'm quite confident going into this weekend and can't wait to get back to the action!"
"The season has started okay for me. I have made some improvements but I need to make even more as this category is so competitive. We have all had to learn the new car, which I think is very good and now we need to move forward and improve. From Oulton Park onwards I am looking to get the best possible results and I will work hard to achieve this."
Don't forget you can catch Formula Renault on ITV4 on Sunday. Live timing and full results are also available at www.tsl-timing.com/?loc=major&season=2010&series=BTCC&event=races.
-source: crs racing