Formula Renault UK official pre season heads to a wet Snetterton
The weather failed to deter events at Snetterton for the first day of testing for the competitors of the 2012 CERTINA Formula Renault UK Championship.
It was a waiting game for the morning session with only two drivers briefly venturing out on to the circuit for a handful of laps in virtual washout conditions.
As conditions slowly improved Fortec’s Jake Dennis topped the timesheets throughout session one and session two.
The Racing Steps Foundation youngster continued the trend at the top of the pack for the duration of the day with times tumbling on a drying track and setting his best time 1m 55.184s at the end of play.
Second overall today, Mark Burdett Motorsport’s Josh Webster was seven-tenths behind Dennis and just 0.129s ahead of Fortec Motorsport driver Shahaan Engineer (IND).
Fellow Fortec team-mates Josh Hill, returning to the Formula Renault UK Championship and Formula Ford star Dan de Zille, performed well in the difficult conditions, both setting second fastest times in the morning sessions. Finishing P4 and 5 respectively, they ran close for the final stint of the day, separated by just 0.295s.
The official test schedule resumes at Snetterton tomorrow Thursday (8 Mar). The opening rounds of the Formula Renault UK Championship take place at Brands Hatch (31 Mar/1 Apr).
Test times – session 1 / session 2 / session 3 – fastest in bold
1. Jake Dennis Fortec Motorsport 2:13.479 / 1:57.919 / 1:55.184
2. Josh Webster Mark Burdett Motorsport no time / 1:59.243 / 1:55.191
3. Shahaan Engineer Fortec Motorsport no time / 1:59.876 / 1:55.320
4. Josh Hill Fortec Motorsport no time / 1:59.112 / 1:56.708
5. Dan de Zille Fortec Motorsport 2:40.843 / 1:59.633 / 1:57.003
Media Invitation: The annual pre-season Media Day launch will be held at Brands Hatch Circuit, Kent on Tuesday 20 March – an opportunity to meet the championship’s star drivers prior to the opening race event of 2012 Media wishing to attend please email firstname.lastname@example.org
A full set of timing results and championship standings can be found here: www.tsl-timing.comFor further information: http://www.renaultsport.co.uk/championships/formularenaultuk/Default.aspxtwitter.com/FRenaultUK | facebook.com/FRenault2.0UK | frenaultuk.wordpress.comPress images of the championship can be downloaded from: www.jakobebrey.com/renaultAudio interviews: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/formula-renault-uk-audio-podcasts/id427665511