Lynn undoes Donington damage with doublePosted: May 2, 2011
Fortec Motorsport driver Alex Lynn was again the star of the show in Formula Renault UK as he dominated the weekend’s races at Thruxton with a double win to close up the points gap after his Donington exclusion.
Lynn was in a class of his own from the moment he arrived at the track, and in a repeat of his season-opening weekend at Brands Hatch took both pole positions and bolted away from his rivals early in the race on his way to a double success at the high-speed Hampshire track.
He was however tailed in both races by his main championship rival – and series leader – Tio Ellinas, who after surving a tangle on the opening lap of race one, took advantage of the misfortune of others in race two to make a much-needed recovery drive from the fourth row of the grid after a disastrous second qualifying on Saturday afternoon on his way to two second place finishes to hang onto the championship lead.
The most unfortunate of all was the star of that qualifying session Alice Powell, as the reigning BARC Formula Renault champion qualified on the front row after a superb lap that was only three tenths off the pace of pole man Lynn.
Luck was not with her when racing got underway however as she was the innocent victim of two collisions that elliminated her from both races, firstly in race one when on lap four team-mate Josh Hill misjudged an overtaking opportunity and instead succeeded in running into the back of Powell, and then being tagged into a spin by Pedro Pablo Calbimonte at the Complex after a sluggish start in the second race which ended what could have been a great weekend for the unlucky 18 year-old.
Her Manor Competion team-mate Jordan King fared no better. After also claiming a front row spot for race one, he shot into second ahead of Ellinas at the start. The duo battled it out on the opening lap but it ended with contact between the duo on the run up Woodham Hill, sending King spinning across the grass and down to the back of the field.
Things looked brighter in the second race when after another great start he caught and then made a clean move on Fortec driver Oliver Rowland for second place, only to dissappear from the picture when he locked up at the chicane and spun down the order where he went on to finish a lowly 10th on the road.
Rowland backed up his team-mate Lynn’s performance by claiming two third place finishes and the graduate win in both races, although he had to withstand intense pressure from Hill in the second encounter for the final step of the podium.
Their other Fortec team-mate Mitchell Gilbert had an event race on his way to a fifth and sixth in the races, despite leaping over the final chicane too many times in race two, while Ollie Millroy gave Manor Competition a fourth and fifth place in the two races respectively.
Local driver Dan Wells had his best showing of the season so far after switching to Atech GP from Antel Motorsport. He made a cracking start in race one but dropped back when he lost control at Goodwood, while another strong showing in race two saw him come home in eighth place.
Lynn (166) now closes to just five points behind Ellinas (171) in the championship, while Millroy (130) moves up to third place, a point ahead of Mark Burdett Motorsport’s Jack Hawksworth.