Lynn and Wright star on home soil at Silverstone
Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship points leader Alex Lynn and AirAsia Renault Clio Cup UK front-runner Luke Wright both starred at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit over the weekend (20/21 August) to bring plenty of British cheer to the Michelin-backed World Series by Renault event.
With approximately 120,000 spectators attending the race meeting over the course of the two days, the festival once again lived up to its billing as one of the biggest in the UK – the highlight being a series of high-speed demonstrations of the Lotus Renault GP Team’s Formula One car.
In Formula Renault UK, which contested its 13th and 14th rounds of the 2011 season, Lynn added another winning double to his tremendous tally off the back of a double pole position lock-out. He also posted fastest lap in each encounter and set a new lap record.
Not content with his dominance in the UK championship, the Fortec Motorsports driver also took on the best in Europe by competing in the visiting Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship as well where he recorded a best finish of second place in race two – having qualified on pole position.
The Clio Cup races didn’t form part of the UK season but three British drivers did contest the ‘Cross Channel Challenge’ which featured almost 20 competitors from Clio Cup Netherlands.
Luke Wright dominated the weekend for Scuderia Vittoria, qualifying on pole position and sealing two wins while British Touring Car Championship racer Jeff Smith made a one-off return to Clios and secured a top three finish overall in the second of the weekend’s outings.
British squad Carlin secures maiden Formula Renault 3.5 Series Team’s title...
At every World Series by Renault race meeting, the headline action comes from the Formula Renault 3.5 Series and – thanks largely to a double Silverstone race victory for Canada’s Robert Wickens – British team Carlin managed to secure its first Team’s Championship in the category.
Renowned throughout motorsport as one of the most successful teams in history, Trevor Carlin’s eponymous squad has won multiple championships in a variety of Formula One feeder categories but the Formula Renault 3.5 success at the weekend is a landmark moment.
With four races remaining in the 2011 season, Carlin is also in the box seat to claim the driver’s title with Wickens leading the way by 34 points from French team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne.