The Formula Renault UK 2.0 Championship heads to Northamptonshire’s world famous Silverstone GP circuit for rounds 13&14 as part of the World Series by Renault package on August 20-21.
This weekend’s racing provides UK drivers with the opportunity to perform on the world stage in front of an expected 130,000 spectators, as they look to follow in the footsteps of previous championship graduates Kimi Räikkönen, Lewis Hamilton, Heiki Kovalainen and Paul Di Resta.
Following a strong start to the season, Fortec Motorosport’s Alex Lynn, has been ever present at the front of the grid and currently leads the title race as he looks to add to his 2010 Graduate cup win.
“I’m feeling very relaxed about the weekend,” explains Lynn. “I think that experience is really going to count around this circuit and as I raced here on the World Series package here last year that puts me in good stead.”
Atech Reid GP’s title challenger Tio Ellinas comes into the World Series by Renault race weekend fresh off the back of a very positive performance last time out at Snetterton; taking a victory and a third place in rounds 11&12 respectively.
“I am really looking forward to racing at Silverstone,” said Ellinas. “I’m aiming to go out there and get some solid podium finishes. Hopefully by the end of the weekend we will be a lot closer to Alex in the championship battle.”
The battle for third place is just as close, with Atech Reid GP’s Jack Hawksworth currently trailing Fortec Motorsport’s Oliver Rowland by just 18 points. Having taken his maiden victory in round 9 at Croft in June, Hawksworth remains confident that he can become more acquainted with the top step of the podium.
“The Silverstone GP track is very long which enables drivers to make up quite a lot of time in some places,” explains Hawksworth. “The weekend is going to be quite big for me as I will have a lot of my sponsors there. I really want to be up at the sharp end challenging for wins if I can.”
Another driver to watch this weekend is Manor Competition’s Jordan King who currently sits in eighth position in the driver’s standings. Last time out at Snetterton the young 17 year old driver from Harbury showed that he had the the pace to mix it with the championships elite but unfortunately couldn’t turn his hard work into a victory.
“Looking ahead to Silverstone I’m feeling confident,” said King, who last weekend contested a round of the Formula Renault Northern European Cup at Zandvoort in the Netherlands. “I got a second on the National circuit at Silverstone in FPA last year and was also quick in pre season testing. I will certainly be looking for two solid podiums this weekend as we have the pace to be at the front.”
Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship action gets underway with one qualifying session at 17:05 on Saturday 20th August followed by round 13&14 on Sunday at 9:04 and 17:34.