Northampton based Fortec Motorsport secured a front-row lock out for race one of the Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship at Silverstone tomorrow; championship leader Alex Lynn and Puerto Rican driver Felix Serralles will start from first and second respectively.
Lynn led the 30 minute session from the outset, first posting a time of 2:00.422, only to improve it five laps later with a time eight tenths quicker. Four laps before the session drew to a close, Lynn posted a time of 1:59.349, which wouldn’t be beaten; today’s pole position adds to his existing tally of nine from twelve for the year.
“It was a pretty good session to be fair,” said Lynn. “I felt quite comfortable throughout and the car felt really good, I’m just looking forward to the race now. I’m going to give tomorrow my best shot, as I know that it is important to keep the points rolling in.”
Elsewhere, Lynn’s Fortec team-mates were having a successful day too. Serralles found time towards the end of the session; this helped the South American post a time of 1:59.819 to put him alongside Lynn.
“I am happy to take second,” said Seralles. “I struggled a little bit with my first set of tyres but the second set felt really good and I was able to put in a competitive lap. Unfortunately I caught some traffic which was a bit disappointing as I felt that we could have gone a little quicker.”
Racing Steps Foundation backed Fortec driver, Oliver Rowland, was looking sprightly throughout the session, regularly posting times in the low two minutes. Rowland finished the session fourth with a 2:00.125, just eight tenths off pole and was the quickest of the graduate cup entrants.
“It was quite difficult to go out straight away on new tyres today as the track had changed since yesterday’s session,” said Rowland. “It took until the second set of tyres to set some competitive times. I got the most out of the car that I could at the time but feel we should’ve been four tenth’s quicker, had I been able to get a cleaner lap.”
Australian, Mitchell Gilbert, absent from the previous round at Snetterton due to food poisoning was back and looking inspired. For the first half of the session he was Lynn’s nearest challenger and eventually finished sixth.
Ellinas carried his pace from testing into qualifying, but was unable to match the time he set yesterday. The Atech Reid GP driver was unlucky to not be alongside Lynn for both races, but for Serralles’ late charge.
“The session went quite well for me today,” said Ellinas. “Since the start of yesterday I have felt very confident that I could perform well here in qualifying as we were fastest by four tenths. The track has changed a lot since yesterday so we have to make some slight changes on the car and be strong from the start of the race.”
Rounding out the top five for race one was Mark Burdett Motorsport’s, Daniel Cammish. The young Brit has been steadily improving with each race contested and again was unlucky to miss out on starting from the second row for race one.
Pole-sitter last time out at Snetterton, Jordan King (Manor Competition) was unable to match his success from the Norfolk circuit and instead starts race one from seventh alongside Jack Hawksworth (Atech Reid GP). Behind them on the grid for race one are Josh Hill (Manor Competition) and Oscar King (Atech Reid GP).
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Round 13 Qualifying – Saturday 20th August – Silverstone GP circuit
1. Alex Lynn Fortec Motorsports 1:59.349s
2. Felix Serralles Fortec Competition 1:59.819s
3. Tio Ellinas Atech Reid GP 2:00.040s
4. Oliver Rowland Fortec Motorsport 2:00.125s G
5. Daniel Cammish Mark Burdett Motorsport 2:00.348s
6. Mitchell Gilbert Fortec Motorsports 2:00.406s G
7. Jordan King Manor Competition 2:00.459s G
8. Jack Hawksworth Atech Reid GP 2:00.684s
9. Josh Hill Manor Competition 2:00.698s
10. Oscar King Atech Reid GP 2:00.722s G
11. Dan Wells Atech Reid GP 2:01.044s
12. Alice Powell Manor Competition 2:01.244s G
13. Pedro Calbimonte Fortec Motorsports 2:01.490s