Snetterton proved to be a tough nut to crack for the CRS Racing Formula Renault boys yesterday. All the CRS drivers were competitive during the official test there but for one reason or another there was no silverware to be had this ...
Snetterton proved to be a tough nut to crack for the CRS Racing Formula Renault boys yesterday. All the CRS drivers were competitive during the official test there but for one reason or another there was no silverware to be had this weekend.
During the first qualifying session on Saturday, Matias Laine crashed heavily, going off at turn one and hitting the marshals post at turn two. The 19 year-old Finn was taken straight to hospital for tests and is now well on the road to recovery. More than anything, he was annoyed he couldn't race at the weekend, especially as he had taken his best qualifying result of the season so far in that session.
The closest of the other CRS drivers to Matias' time was Lewis Williamson. Lewis qualified in eighth place for race one and put in a very mature drive to improve all the way up to fourth in the race, earning himself a good haul of points. Unfortunately race two didn't continue in the same vein for Lewis. Running wide into the Esses he went off and also clipped his team-mate Harry Tincknell, causing both drivers to retire.
The race two retirement was disappointing for Harry as he had qualified in the top ten and was hoping for a good result. In race one he had to start back in 13th place but had done a good job to move up to eighth by the chequered flag. Although he didn't get the results he hoped for Harry is still leading the 2009 Graduate Cup standings.
Silverstone winner, Josh Scott, was wholly unimpressed with his 17th place finish in race one. The Aussie driver made amends in race two with a good drive from eighth on the grid to sixth. He now sits in sixth place in the overall championship standings.
Michael Lyons, qualified well for race two, and got into a great stride during the two races. After what has been a tough first part of the season, Mick turned in two good finishes at Snetterton, coming home 12th in race one and 11th in race two.
Next up for the Renault racers is Silverstone at the end of August and the CRS boys will be out to make sure some silverware comes their way next time out.