Fortec Motorsport’s Alex Lynn demonstrated his championship credentials with a second win today in the Formula Renault 2.0 Championship at Brands Hatch to propel him into an early points lead, whilst Atech Reid GP’s Tio Ellinas (Atech Reid GP) took a well deserved second.
With talk of rain filling the paddock before the race, the weather couldn’t have been better for race two. Under the watchful eye of 2010 Formula Renault champion, Tom Blomqvist and 2010 British Formula 3 Champion, Jean-Eric Vergne, a new star, Alex Lynn, was making himself known.
Lynn’s victory was typically clinical, but his lead was cut towards the end of the race as emerging rival, Ellinas chased hard and consistently sought to get past the Romford-born driver. However, Lynn always looked comfortable, setting consecutive fastest laps and keeping calm despite Ellinas’ unrelenting pressure.
“It’s been a fantastic weekend I can’t complain at all,” said Lynn. “I’m glad to have got the victory as Tio put me under a lot of pressure. I’m really pleased with how it’s gone.”
Cypriot Ellinas impressed in both races today. “My first weekend has been really good,” he said. “I’d like to thank the whole team for giving me a great car. Alex built quite a lead at the start and I worked hard to close it. But, the car got better as the race went on and I closed the gap, but I just couldn’t get past. This is all new for me so I’m happy with a third and second.”
Jack Hawksworth (Mark Burdett Motorsport) made the most of a strong grid position and whilst unable to maintain the pace of Lynn and Ellinas, avoided incidents around him to take a strong third, comfortably ahead of Formula Renault Winter Series race winner, Ollie Millroy (Manor Competition).
“Half of me is disappointed because you always want to finish P1, but it’s a good result,” said Bradford-based Hawksworth. “The competition is strong this year and I hope we’ll be there when it matters. This is only the first weekend and you can’t win the championship here, but you can certainly damage your chances by doing something silly.”
Racing Steps Foundation backed driver, Oliver Rowland made a strong start and it looked like he’d found more pace from his car following round one. His challenge to Millroy would not last long though, as on lap seventeen he spun off the right of the track at McLaren, beaching on the grass near the pit entrance, handing race one runner-up Will Stevens (Manor Competition) a respectable fifth place.
Further back, Manor Competition’s Josh Hill continued to struggle with set-up finishing only eighth, and team mate Alice Powell spun out unassisted at Graham Hill bend.
In the Graduate Cup, Mitchell Gilbert stole the show with a confident drive to the class win and sixth overall, finishing just over 3.5 seconds behind Formula Renault Euro Cup driver, Stevens.
“The team did a great job to get the car out after the first race,” said Gilbert. “I wasn’t quite as quick as I hoped to be though. It was good to fight near the front. I hope to get a good result in the graduate cup this season, but, I also want to be just as quick as the front-runners,” said after the race.
The championship now heads to East Midland’s Donington Park on April 16-17 April, where Lynn’s rivals should be wary.
“Donington should be another good weekend for me as I like the circuit and I’ll keep trying for more strong results and podiums,” said the points leader.
Race Two Results
1: Alex Lynn Fortec Motorsport 17:38.637
2: Tio Ellinas Atech Reid GP +0.293
3: Jack Hawksworth Mark Burdett Motorsport +8.732
4: Ollie Millroy Manor Competition +9.092
5: Will Stevens Fortec Competition +9.554
6: Mitchell Gilbert Fortec Motorsport +13.112
7: Josh Hill Manor Competition +13.443
8: Oscar King Atech Reid GP +14.172
9: Jordan King Manor Competition +14.554
10: Felix Serralles Fortec Competition +18.407