JOSH SCOTT MOVES UP TO THIRD IN CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT Two solid race results for Josh Scott at Thruxton this weekend have elevated the CRS Racing driver to third place in the battle for the 2009 Formula Renault UK Championship. The first...
JOSH SCOTT MOVES UP TO THIRD IN CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT
Two solid race results for Josh Scott at Thruxton this weekend have elevated the CRS Racing driver to third place in the battle for the 2009 Formula Renault UK Championship.
The first qualifying session was hard for all the drivers as it took place on a dying track. The Australian racer was disappointed to only qualify in eighth place for race one but when the race began he took off like a rocket and was up four places by the end of lap one. With fourth place finishes in both the races Josh is now in a healthy position on the leader board.
"Josh drove very well this weekend," said Team Director Andrew Kirkaldy. "He is a very good racer so we need to make him a very good qualifier too so he can take the top results."
After finishing seventh in race one (from 10th on the grid) Harry Tincknell got it all together in the second race. Starting from third place he led for 16 laps of the 19-lap race and looked like he was heading for his first Formula Renault victory. On lap 17 he had a tussle with Jesse Krohn, the Finn coming off better, and Harry slipped to second. Momentary confusion with the timing system meant that Harry thought he was then on the last lap of the race so that when he crossed the line he backed off. Unfortunately there was still a lap to go so Dean Stoneman sailed past, taking second place. Harry quickly got going again and came home in third.
"Timing issues aside, Harry is having an incredible start to his season," said Kirkaldy. "Out of four races he has led two, had fastest lap, pole position and two podiums. It's actually a better start than Adam Christodoulou had in his rookie season."
Formula Renault is where drivers really learn their craft. Lewis Williamson learnt about timing when he came in a minute before the end of first qualifying and ended up 13th. He drove will in race one though and made his way up to 10th for the finish. Race two was better. He started 10th and got all the way through the field until he found himself battling for fourth place with Josh (Scott) and Oli Webb. Going into the complex the young Scot got a wheel on the grass and that was all it took to send him into the wall. Lewis drove well this weekend; his troubles were all down to inexperience so he will improve quickly as he learns.
Andrew Kirkaldy had a novel solution to the drivers ‘timing issues' this weekend. He went shopping and bought them all a Casio watch, which he then fixed to their steering wheels so they knew exactly when a session would end!
Mick Lyons had much better time in qualifying than he had at Brands Hatch. He started race one from 12th and was running well until he was taken ou t by another driver, under yellows! He had struggled again in qualifying for race two but made his way from 25th to 15th. It was a good drive from Mick but it shows how important it is to get qualifying right.
Matias Laine was the best of the CRS drivers in the first qualifying session, taking seventh on the grid. In race one he was lying fifth until he had a fuel pump problem that dropped him a place. Still, a good result for the Finn. For race two he had only qualified 16th so had to fight his way through and finished 11th.
All in all it was a positive weekend for CRS Racing. The rookie drivers still have a lot to learn but the more they learn the quicker they'll go!