Alex Lynn led home an incredible 1-2-3-4 for his Fortec team in round fourteen of the Formula Renault 2.0 UK championship at Silverstone, taking his tenth victory of the season and edging ever closer to breaking James Matthew’s seventeen year record of eleven wins in a season.
Lynn again took victory from pole position, but it was Oliver Rowland, Felix Serralles (Fortec Competition) and Mitchell Gilbert who completed the celebrations for the Daventry based team; Rowland again took the Graduate Cup win.
As the lights went out, Tio Ellinas (Atech Reid GP) and Rowland followed Lynn into Copse, but by the time the leaders came round to complete the first lap, Ellinas had dropped to third, and Lynn had a lead of over three seconds on Rowland.
At this point, a tenth win for Lynn never looked in doubt, with each lap he was extending his lead by over three tenths, and by the end of the race, his lead over Rowland was ten seconds.
“I made a very good start and managed to get the jump on everyone else,” explained Lynn.
“Ellinas and Rowland were having a really good scrap for second which enabled me to get a gap. I just tried to keep focused and keep posting consistently faster lap times to ensure that I would bring the car home safely in first. I’m now very much looking ahead to Rockingham where I hope that we can further extend our points lead.”
The win for Lynn tops off an excellent day for the young Brit, having earlier won the first race, and finished second in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup race, showing the strength of British motorsport against a field of Europe’s finest young driving talent.
Rowland had a relatively quiet race after his initial scrap with Ellinas, but did well to hold off the pressing charge from non-championship entrant, Serralles. The Racing Steps Foundation backed driver didn’t make a mistake for the race and seized on Ellinas’ error at just the right time.
“I got off the line quite well and was right up the back of Ellinas and Lynn,” said Rowland. “I had a real battle with Ellinas for the first half of the lap and the car felt really quick. I eventually got underneath him when he made an error and from that point it was all about focusing on Alex and trying to chase him, but after a few laps I realised I wasn’t going to get him. Overall, I’m happy to beat Ellinas in both races as it brings me closer to him in the championship standings.”
From seventh on the grid, Gilbert climbed to fourth on the road, third in the points, taking Atech Reid GP’s Hawksworth early on, and an inspired move on Daniel Cammish (Mark Burdett Motorsport) in the latter stages, led to Gilbert being presented a struggling Ellinas. Two laps from the end, Gilbert had taken the Cypriot and in doing so gave his Fortec team a dream result.
“My start was pretty good,” said Gilbert. “At one point I managed to get up to sixth but then I dropped back to seventh. From that point I chipped away at Cammish, Hawksworth and Ellinas as the car had quite a lot of pace, it was a very eventful race from my point of view!
“I’m very pleased to bet back on the podium and get some points, especially after Snetterton!”
Lower down the order there was an early race incident involving Josh Hill (Manor Competition), Dan Wells (Atech Reid GP) and Pedro Calbimonte (Fortec Motorsports), which ended Calbimonte’s race and saw Hill make a tyre change.
Hill attempted to get back in the action; regularly setting fast times, but was unable to make up the time lost in the pits.
The championship action continues at the Rockingham circuit in Corby, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary for rounds fifteen and sixteen on September 17-18.
Round fourteen race results
1. Alex Lynn Fortec Motorsport 26m 21.615s 13 laps
2. Oliver Rowland Fortec Motorsport +10.095s
3. Felix Serralles Fortec Competition +12.034s
4. Mitchell Gilbert Fortec Motorsports +16.849s
5. Tio Ellinas Atech Reid GP +17.775s
6. Daniel Cammish Mark Burdett Motorsport +18.005s
7. Jack Hawksworth Atech Reid GP 19.807s
8. Alice Powell Manor Competition +22.572s G
9. Jordan King Manor Competition +22.911s G
10. Oscar King Atech Reid GP +32.417s
11. Dan Wells Atech Reid GP +32.552s
12. Josh Hill Manor Competition +1:50.866s
13. Pedro Calbimonte Fortec Motorsports DNF
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