Fortec Motorsports’ Alex Lynn took his twelfth win on the year today at Silverstone in round nineteen of the CERTINA Formula Renault 2.0 UK championship, and in doing so became the 2011 champion.
Lynn’s twelfth victory of the year also sees him break the championship’s record of wins in a season, which was previously held by James Matthews since 1994.
Essex-based Lynn, dominated the first race of the day, leading from pole position and crossing the line over six seconds ahead of team-mate Oliver Rowland, who passed Daniel Cammish (Mark Burdett Motorsport) on the first lap.
Such was the manner in which Lynn won, he also broke the lap record for Formula Renault 2.0 UK cars on the Silverstone National circuit, with a lap of 53.838 seconds which was over four tenths quicker than James Calado’s previous best lap in 2008.
“This is an absolutely fantastic feeling,” said Lynn. “I don’t think that it will quite sink in for me until tomorrow morning. I made a good start off the line at the beginning of the race and the car felt very good; we were able to show a lot of pace. Looking ahead to this afternoon, I’m just going to go out there and push as hard as I possibly can to end the season on a high.”
“I don’t know why, but I was worried the car was going to break down on the last lap,” added Richard Dutton of Fortec Motorsports. “He’s done a fantastic job; he’s on fire. It’s been a great year, an amazing year infact.”
Continuing his late season charge, Oliver Rowland followed home team-mate Lynn; a strong start off the grid saw him get by Cammish and the Sheffield-based youngster ensured it remained that way until the flag. Rowland pressed Lynn hard in the opening laps, setting a number of personal best laps in the process, but eventually settled for second place and yet another graduate cup victory.
“Off the line I got a good start,” explained a frustrated Rowland. “I got into second and then I tried to push for the fastest lap but Alex was just too quick, along with that I also made a few errors. We’ll have to see if we can make a few improvements for later and hopefully I will be able to get the win.”
Starting alongside Lynn on the grid after a season’s best qualifying performance yesterday, Cammish battled early on with fellow Mark Burdett Motorsport racer, Jack Hawksworth. The pair provided entertainment for the large crowd, and were soon joined by championship contender Tio Ellinas (Atech Reid GP).
“It wasn’t a bad race for us,” said Cammish. “I think that starting in third would have been a bit more of an advantage though. I dropped to third immediately, had the pace and managed to pull a respectable lead over Jack. From then on it was just a matter of being consistent to finish on the podium.”
Hawksworth and Ellinas soon began a thrilling battle that eventually saw the young Cypriot driver overcome Hawksworth on the penultimate lap of the race as they entered Brooklands corner. Unfortunately for Ellinas, Lynn’s victory meant it wasn’t enough to ensure the championship went down to the final race of the season.
“On Friday and Saturday we were a bit off with the car,” said Ellinas in a reflective mood. “We have done a great job to find a good setup with the car for the race, I think I set the second fastest lap of the race so that is a positive.
“For the next race I am back in P6 again, so I will have to try to make my way through the field again to finish on the podium. I now have to ensure that I secure second in the championship.”
Australian, Mitchell Gilbert started the race fourth, but found himself languishing down in eighth on the first lap after a sluggish start saw the Fortec driver get passed by Manor Competition duo Jordan King and Josh Hill. Gilbert fought back though and scythed past first Hill, then King, crossing the line sixth.
Elsewhere, a first lap spin at Copse corner for Fortec Competition’s Ed Jones saw him delay team-mate Felix Serralles; the Puerto Rican went on to set the fastest lap on the second tour of the circuit, but would later retire in the pits with a fuel pressure issue.
Race two of the CERTINA Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship can be viewed live on ITV4 and ITV4 HD at 16:25 BST today.
Round 19 top ten results
- Alex Lynn Fortec Motorsports 19m 56.501 – 22 laps
- Oliver Rowland Fortec Motorsports +6.044s G
- Daniel Cammish Mark Burdett Motorsports +8.581s
- Tio Ellinas Atech Reid GP +12.295s
- Jack Hawksworth Mark Burdett Motorsports +14.222s
- Mitchell Gilbert Fortec Motorsports +14.485s G
- Jordan King Manor Competition +14.839s G
- Josh Hill Manor Competition +15.006s
- Dan Wells Atech Reid GP +15.357s
- Oscar King Atech Reid GP +16.656s
Results for media purposes only, of no regulatory value