North Yorkshire’s Croft circuit near Darlington is the scene for rounds 9&10 of the Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship this weekend where the potential Formula 1 stars of the future do battle as they attempt to follow in the footsteps of previous champions, Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen.
The man most likely to succeed in their footsteps so far this season has been Fortec Motorsport’s Alex Lynn heads into this weekend with a 48 point lead over Atech Reid GP’s title contender Tio Ellinas.
Lynn certainly showed that he is champion material last time out at Oulton Park, Cheshire, by taking away two pole positions and two wins from what was an eventful weekend with adverse weather conditions affecting proceedings.
His lead in the points at the end of that round means he will gain an introduction to the Lotus Renault GP Team thanks to Lotus Motorsport by visiting this month’s European Grand Prix where he will enjoy a two-day programme meeting key team members.
Looking ahead to this weekend Lynn remained very confident. “We went fastest here in winter testing and I have really enjoyed racing on this track in the past.” said Lynn. “I realise that other competitors are now starting to raise their game but as long as I go there this weekend and do my bit then I’m sure that we can hold onto that championship lead because the car is great.”
Ellinas heads to Croft after a weekend at Oulton where the Cypriot driver taking away a third and fourth placing from the weekend. He he will be looking to improve on his consistency at Croft to help close the gap on the 17 year old from Essex.
Other notable performances from Oulton Park came from Fortec Motorsport pairing Oliver Rowland and Mitchell Gilbert, with both scoring podium finishes after being competitive throughout the weekend, showing the potential to push Lynn in the second half of the season after getting to grips with the UK’s premier single seater chassis.
The talent doesn’t stop there however; Jack Hawksworth came to Cheshire’s 2.26 mile circuit on a mission and showed immediate pace to give him a second place in the first race of the weekend.
The 20 year old from Bradford switches team to Atech Reid GP for this weekend, but at his former Mark Burdett Motorsport squad Daniel Cammish made an eyebrow-raising debut and will be looking to build on his strong mid-season start.
Croft is a circuit that Manor Competition knows very well, with the team formerly based out of Dinnington, Yorkshire. The most successful team in Formula Renault history has had many victories at this circuit in the past, and this weekend they will be looking to improve on their season so far with their driver line-up including reigning BARC Renault champion, Alice Powell.
“We had a disappointing outing at Oulton Park two weeks ago but I’m really looking forward to this weekend,” said Powell “We went very well here in the wet during pre-season testing which bodes well for this weekend as the weather forecast isn’t looking great. Manor has a very good track record at Croft in the past, so if I concentrate on doing my job then I’m sure the results will come.”