The CERTINA Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship heads to Northamptonshire’s 1.94 mile Rockingham circuit for rounds 15&16 with everything still to play for in the title race, with Fortec Motorsport’s Alex Lynn leading Atech Reid GP’s Tio Ellinas by 41 points in the standings heading to this weekend’s event.
Essex-born Lynn has the perfect opportunity to celebrate his 18th birthday in style, sitting two race victories away from beating the 17 year-old record of 11 race wins in a season set by 1994 champion James Matthews.
“Rockingham is a great circuit for us and I think that it will suit our car quite nicely,” explains Lynn. “I’m really looking forward to the meeting and hopefully we can have another good result and extend our points lead over Tio. To have the chance to beat James’s 17 year-old record would be a massive point in my career to add to what has already been a fantastic season, I have loved every minute of it.”
Ellinas approaches the Rockingham race weekend off the back of a difficult round at the last outing at Silverstone GP as part of the World Series by Renault package.
The young Cypriot racer, who as been ever consistent on the podium with 11 visits this term, gained a 3rd and 4th placing respectively in rounds 13&14 but will be looking to take the fight back to Lynn.
“My approach is to put myself in the best possible position to win races,” says Ellinas. “Everything is still possible in the championship battle, it’s not a huge problem right now but we have to hope that somewhere down the line Lynn has a bad weekend and that I am able to capitalize on that and gain some more wins.”
The battle for third and fourth in the championship is just as fierce. Fortec Motorsport’s Graduate Cup leader Ollie Rowland having taken the upper hand at Silverstone GP, extending his lead over Atech Reid GP’s Jack Hawksworth, who will be looking to find the form that saw him charge to victory in round 9 at Croft earlier in the season.
“After a fourth and a second at Silverstone GP we have improved quite a lot,” says Rowland. “I really like racing on fast circuits so I think that Rockingham will suit me quite well. It’s going to be a tough to beat Alex but that is the aim and I’ll work hard going into the next race, hopefully we can make more progress and get that win.”
Other hard chargers to watch out for this weekend are Mark Burdett Motorsport’s Daniel Cammish and Manor Competition’s Jordan King. Cammish, who entered the season late at Oulton Park with limited testing, took his first podium of the season in round 13 and will be looking to improve on that this weekend.
“I’ve got some really fond memories of Rockingham as I took pole position there in my second ever car race,” says Cammish. “We haven’t driven there in a Formula Renault yet but I hadn’t at Silverstone GP, so it will be interesting to see what comes.
“Rockingham is a very technical track but I have always been a big fan of the infield section, particularly the hairpins, so I know that I will be able to find quite a lot of time there. I definitely think that we are going to be in the mix this weekend.”
King has also proven to be no stranger to the podium this year and was unlucky not to gain his first victory in round 11 at Snetterton 300.
CERTINA Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship action gets underway with two qualifying sessions at 10:20 and 14:30 on Saturday 17th September followed by round 15&16 on Sunday at 10:40 and 16:00.