Alex Lynn set the pace ahead of Fortec Motorsports team-mate, Oliver Rowland in both practice sessions today at Silverstone. Lynn’s rival for the 2011 CERTINA Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship, Tio Ellinas (Atech Reid GP) was ninth and eighth quickest.
“Both sessions went very well for us today,” said Lynn who could also become the most successful driver in the history of the series this weekend, by beating the seventeen year-old record of eleven wins in a season set by James Matthews.
“I’m feeling very confident and comfortable with the car this weekend. I’m just hoping that we can carry on this form into qualifying tomorrow.”
Rowland, fresh off the back of a double win last time out at Brands Hatch, continued his impressive late season form. The Sheffield-based driver is hoping for more wins this weekend after taking three victories out of the last four races.
“Everything has gone reasonably well today,” explained Rowland. “We’re still a little bit off Alex but there are a few things that we can work on tonight and hopefully tomorrow we will be on par, if not better.
“I think that the front row of the grid is where we should be, but I’m really gunning for pole in both races.”
Ellinas made a low-key return to action today, going ninth quickest in the morning session and eighth in the afternoon. The Cypriot driver has been ever-present on the podium this year, and remains confident ahead of the final rounds of the championship this weekend.
“It’s been a difficult day for us,” said Ellinas. “We were trying various things on the car to see how we are looking for the weekend. Unfortunately, we had a few issues and because the times are so competitive on this this track, we dropped down the order a bit. Tomorrow is going to be tight, fingers crossed that everything will go well.”
After impressive showings in the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC Championship recently, Jordan King (Manor Competition) returned to UK championship duty, finishing seventh and sixth.
“For the first session we just stayed on old tyres,” explained King. “I was happy with the way that went and I think that our speed in the session was alright. In the afternoon we stayed on old tyres to start with, once again showing good speed. I was very happy with the balance of the car, but when we put the new tyres on we only managed to gain a few tenths, which was a little bit disappointing.
“The last three or four races we have been good in qualifying so hopefully I would like to put the car on either of the front two rows tomorrow.”
Mark Burdett Motorsport’s Jack Hawksworth and Daniel Cammish both had a productive day of testing, steadily closing the gap on Fortec’s chargers. Cammish was fifth in the morning and fourth later on, with Hawksworth eighth in the early session, and third in the afternoon.
Qualifying begins tomorrow morning at 09.00, and the afternoon session starts at 14:15. Rounds nineteen and twenty (Sunday 16th October) are both televised on ITV4 and ITV4 HD, with the second race at 16:25 broadcast live.
Friday 14th October – Top ten morning test times
1. Alex Lynn Fortec Motorsports 53.662
2. Oliver Rowland Fortec Motorsports 53.815 G
3. Mitchell Gilbert Fortec Motorsports 53.872 G
4. Ed Jones Fortec Competition 54.017
5. Daniel Cammish Mark Burdett Motorsport 54.088
6. Felix Serralies Fortec Competition 54.172
7. Jordan King Manor Competition 54.187 G
8. Jack Hawksworth Mark Burdett Motorsport 54.192
9. Tio Ellinas Atech Reid GP 54.319
10. Alice Powell Manor Competition 54.463 G
Friday 14th October – Top ten afternoon test times
1. Alex Lynn Fortec Motorsports 53.491
2. Oliver Rowland Fortec Motorsports 53.627 G
3. Jack Hawksworth Mark Burdett Motorsport 53.657
4. Daniel Cammish Mark Burdett Motorsport 53.836
5. Mitchell Gilbert Fortec Motorsports 53.910 G
6. Jordan King Manor Competition 53.961 G
7. Ed Jones Fortec Competition 53.978
8. Tio Ellinas Atech Reid GP 53.991
9. Josh Hill Manor Competition 54.079
10. Oscar King Atech Reid GP 54.219 G