Riki Christodoulou finishes as top newcomer in Formula Renault Winter Series Riki Christodoulou has finished an impressive fifth in the Formula Renault Winter Series, winning the battle of the karting graduates and finishing as the best placed...
Riki Christodoulou finishes as top newcomer in Formula Renault Winter Series
Riki Christodoulou has finished an impressive fifth in the Formula Renault Winter Series, winning the battle of the karting graduates and finishing as the best placed newcomer. Having made the step up to single-seater racing with Fortec Motorsport, the Sutton Coldfield based teenager equipped himself well as he went up against seasoned Formula Renault racers. Riki secured his strong finish in the series during an event filled meeting at the Croft circuit in North Yorkshire.
Inclement weather was the order of the day, but the first race was run in the dry and allowed Riki to improve upon his tenth place grid slot as he worked his way up to a solid sixth. For the second race Riki qualified fifth, but the track was wet and Riki suffered a slow getaway, finding himself in the middle of the field. This set the scene for a classic 'Christo fight back', as Riki clawed his way back into the top ten, eventually finishing ninth.
"I have really enjoyed my first taste of single-seater racing," reflected Riki as the series came to a close. " I immediately felt at home in the Formula Renault car and it was good to learn some new tracks and familiarise myself with the car. I was competitive in the opening race and I enjoyed the battle as I made my way towards the front. I was disappointed to have the slow getaway in the final round, especially as I had qualified well, but at least I was able to get some more wet weather experience."
The experience gained from the four round winter series will stand Riki in good stead for a full-scale assault on the Formula Renault UK crown next season. "It was always likely to be a steep learning curve, but Riki has handled the transition from Karting to Formula Renault exceptionally well," commented father, Rick. "Riki loves the car and has learnt an enormous amount from the series. When you consider the single-seater experience of the guys he is racing against, we are more than happy with Riki's competitive performance and the knowledge he has gained."