CERTINA Formula Renault UK official pre season testing
Mark Burdett Motorsport’s Josh Webster was fastest today at Norfolk’s Snetterton circuit completing the final of two day’s official testing prior to the start of the CERTINA Formula Renault UK Championship. The eighteen-year-old Team UK driver laid down the marker late in the afternoon session driving the ‘300’ layout.
In a day of improving weather conditions, it was drivers Webster and Fortec Motorsport’s Jake Dennis regularly heading the timing sheets.
Racing Step Foundation Dennis had a strong day, finishing top of the table in the morning session and jostling for the top spot throughout the afternoon.
Stepping up to the main championship in 2012, Josh Hill proved to be the next challenger, maintaining a top three position for the duration of the day. Fellow Fortec stable-mates Dan de Zille and Shahaan Engineer improved steadily as the day went on continuing to break in their new machinery.
There was plenty of running on the 2.96 mile circuit making up for the washout conditions of yesterday and good progress was made by each driver putting some essential mileage under their belts. All achieved good times on long runs on used tyres.
With little over three weeks to go before the career launching single championship bursts back into action there is plenty of buzz and speculation building as to who will be the one to watch. Indeed there are still teams yet to announce their plans to strengthen the already highly competitive starting grid.
Further official testing travels to Oulton Park next week (13/14 Mar). The opening rounds of the CERTINA Formula Renault UK Championship take place at Brands Hatch (31 Mar/1 Apr).
Test times – am / pm – fastest in bold
1. Josh Webster Mark Burdett Motorsport 1:46.268s / 1:45.329s
2. Jake Dennis Fortec Motorsport 1:46.215s / 1:45.477s
3. Josh Hill Fortec Motorsport 1:46.578s / 1:45.757s
4. Dan De Zille Fortec Motorsport 1:47.853s / 1:46.369s
5. Shahaan Engineer Fortec Motorsport 1:47.470s / 1:46.987s
Correction: Please note Josh Webster’s time was seven-thousandths of a second off Jake Dennis in testing yesterday not seven-tenths.
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