The CERTINA Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship heads to Northamptonshire’s Silverstone circuit this weekend for its season finale where a new champion will be decided, with one driver only needing to score a finish in the top ten, and another seeking to overturn the seemingly insurmountable, but not impossible, lead of his rival.
Fortec Motorsport’s Alex Lynn is the driver in the plum position to secure the crown. The would-be champion – who has achieved a record-equalling 11 wins in the season so far – has taken the chequered flag first at least once every racing weekend, save, intriguingly, for the last time out at Brands Hatch.
“I’m feeling very relaxed heading to Silverstone as I only need one top-ten finish to secure the title,” explains Lynn. “I’m not going to cruise and collect; I’m going for the double as I am determined to break the record of 11 wins in a season. I want to leave this illustrious championship as the most successful driver in its history.”
On the face of it, Lynn has a cushion of 27 points over the man with it all to do, Atech Reid GP’s Tio Ellinas, with 498 vs 471. They head to the final two rounds with 68 up for grabs – 32 for a race win and two for fastest lap. However, it’s not as simple as that.
Each driver drops their worst two scores, and with this done from the current points accrued, Lynn sits on 471 with Ellinas on 431.
Though Lynn’s task for title glory seems relatively simple given his race win domination this season, second placed Ellinas is not giving up hope.
“To be honest Silverstone is a great circuit that I really like,” says Ellinas. “Although we didn’t get the best result at Brands I’m pretty confident that this weekend we can be very competitive and challenge for wins. It will be very emotional on the other hand because of what is at stake in the championship. I will be trying my best.’
Out of the title contenders, it was Cypriot Ellinas who had the better weekend last time out on the Brands Hatch GP circuit, gaining a third and second respectively, topping his podium tally up to 15 for the year so far.
Lynn finished second in round 17 but was only able to finish ninth in round 18, after a jump-start saw the championship leader awarded a drive through penalty, dashing his chances of sealing the championship as the 18 year-old from Essex finished outside the top three.
That weekend in Kent, it was Lynn’s team-mate Ollie Rowland who was the name on everybody’s lips as the Racing Steps Foundation backed driver converted a brace of pole positions into two lights-to-flag victories, now taking his win tally to three out of the last four races. Rowland sits in third in the overall standings, and is unassailable in the Graduate points.
Further down the standings a multitude of drivers are eager to end their seasons on the podium. Mark Burdett Motorsport’s Daniel Cammish earned his second podium of the year in round 18 and is hopeful of an impressive finish to the year.
“I took my first podium of the year at the World Series by Renault event on the GP track,” says Cammish, who only joined the championship mid-season. “My aim is to cement myself in the top five; a couple of podiums to go with that would be brilliant.”
Manor Competition’s Jordan King and Atech Reid GP’s Dan Wells have also shown good end of year form. King was blistering at Monza recently in the last round of the NEC Formula Renault 2.0 Championship securing three podiums, whilst Wells narrowly missed out on his maiden podium in the series at Brands Hatch GP last time out.
As well as other prizes, the champion will receive a half-day World Series by Renault test with a new set of slick tyres supplied by Michelin. The champion and the runner up will receive a half-day test with a British F3 International Series team. Both should prove invaluable for their future motorsport aspirations.
Illustrating the star-finding nature of the CERTINA Formula Renault UK Championship, both Lynn and Rowland have been nominated for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.
CERTINA Formula Renault 2.0 UK action gets underway on Saturday October 15th with qualifying at 9:00 and 14:00. Rounds 19 & 20 take place on Sunday at 9:30 and 16:25.