READY FOR ROCKINGHAM It's the penultimate Formula Renault UK meeting this weekend and all of the CRS drivers are ready and raring to go. The venue for rounds 17 and 18 is Rockingham in Corby. It's a track where CRS Racing had some fantastic ...
READY FOR ROCKINGHAM
It's the penultimate Formula Renault UK meeting this weekend and all of the CRS drivers are ready and raring to go. The venue for rounds 17 and 18 is Rockingham in Corby. It's a track where CRS Racing had some fantastic results last year; two pole positions and two 1-2 race finishes for Adam Christodoulou and Ryuji Yamamoto.
The first of the two 16-lap races at Rockingham takes place on Saturday at 1720hrs, with the second race kicking off on Sunday at 1200hrs, straight after the first BTCC race of the day.
"Of all the tracks we are racing at this year Rockingham is probably the one that I have the most experience of. As well as the winter series races, we also had the official test days there in March. It ended up being a positive test, even though it started in the worst possible way. After only two laps to warm the tyres up on the first morning I ran wide and crashed into the wall coming out of the last corner and damaged the rear end enough to put the car out of action for the rest of the day! However, the team did a great job to repair the car and I was out and eager to make up for my mistake on day two. Even with only half the track time compared to the other drivers I ended the test in fifth place overall and was only three-tenths off the quickest time. My driving has improved a lot since that first test and I have had some great results this year so I believe I can put in another solid performance this weekend. I now have a 47-point lead in the Graduate Cup and it will be possible to wrap the championship up this weekend but I will just be looking to have another two good performances like I did at Silverstone and try and be as high up the grid as possible. I said before Silverstone that fifth in the overall championship is what I am aiming for and with the reinstated points from my exclusion I am now fifth so my aim is to increase my lead over my other close rivals and hopefully get on th e podium again."
"Rockingham is a circuit that I like so I am looking forward to going back there. I haven't been there since rounds three and four of the championship last year as I had my visa problems and missed the tests there so I'm going to try and get as much running as possible in the two 45-minute tests on Friday. I didn't qualify well there last year which I think is critical to doing well at Rockingham, and although it's going to be a bit of a challenge I'm looking forward to it! I didn't really have a great round last year, having a DNF, so I'm looking forward to hopefully having a positive weekend like the one I had at the World Series round back in July. After a bad round at Snetterton and a DNF in the first race at Silverstone I really need a good round at Rockingham to get myself up in the championship standings."
"After another little break I'm looking forward to Rockingham this weekend. It feels like ages since I was last there, when I picked up a podium at the last winter series race. I hope that I will have the pace I showed there last time out. I'm sure the CRS cars will be on the pace there; they did win both races there last year after all."
"Rockingham is a very interesting circuit as it runs in an anti-clockwise direction, which is the opposite of all the other circuits we visit in the championship. The circuit has some nice flowing high speed corners on the infield and has some unique challenges where the circuit rejoins the oval. As the season is now heading towards the close it is becoming ever more important for me to get some good strong results so therefore I will be pushing extra hard."
"I'm really looking forward to Rockingham after having such a positiv e start at Silverstone. The cobwebs have all been blown away now and I've settled in really well with the CRS team so I hope we can all have another positive weekend. I haven't raced at Rockingham since 2005 in Formula BMW and since then the track layout has changed so I still have a mountain the climb in terms of track knowledge. Either way I'm really excited and just looking forward to getting back in the car."