Dominant Lynn sweeps at SilverstonePosted: August 26, 2011
Alex Lynn was again untouchable as he made it 10 wins in the 2011 Formula Renault UK 2.0 Championship with another fine double win at the World Series by Renault supporting event at the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit.
The teenager’s domination started as early as qualifying when Lynn put his car on the pole position for both the weekend’s races, and as the lights went out for the start of the opening race the Fortec driver lead the field away with his non-scoring team-mate Felix Serralles in hot pursuit.
Lynn’s championship rival Tio Ellinas had taken advantage of the championship leader’s Croft exclusion to keep the championship within his ever-decreasing reach, but he could only exit the first corner in third place, before dropping back to fifth early on behind Mark Burdett Motorsport’s Daniel Cammish and Fortec’s graduate driver Oliver Rowland.
Serralles did not let Lynn have an easy run at the front as he challenged his team-mate for the lead during the first five laps of the race, however the Puerto Rican settled for second place as their pace became stable to allow for a Fortec one-two. With Serralles being a non-championship entry for the weekend, 2011 rookie Cammish was promoted to a season-best result of second place, while behind them Atech Reid GP’s Ellinas snatched the final position on the podium from Racing Steps Foundation-backed Rowland, who took graduate cup honours.
Sixth on the road was one of the stars of the race, Alice Powell, who raced her way through the pack from 12th on the grid, ahead of Oscar King who won a race-long battle with his namesake Jordan King.
The second race was a steamroller for Fortec Motorsport as Lynn again lead away from pole, while his team-mate Rowland managed to grab second from front-row starter Ellinas. Lynn was then emphatic as he cruised to a tenth win by over 10 seconds at the end of the 13-lap race.
Rowland was untroubled on his way to another podum in second place, while the Ellinas was victim to the rest of the Fortec team-mates as Serralles and then Mitchell Gilbert – coming from seventh on the grid to fourth – to complete a Fortec Motorsport one-two-three-four whitewash ahead of Ellinas, Cammish, Hawksworth and Manor Competition team-mates Powell and Jordan King.
Josh Hill suffered a dismal weekend and was a victim of an early incident in the second race with Pedro Pablo Calbimonte and Dan Wells. Hill managed to continue after a pitstop and finished 12th, but Calbimonte was a retirement. Atech’s Wells on the other hand continued and finished behind his 10th-place finishing team-mate Oscar King.
Championship standings after rounds 13/14:
1. Alex Lynn (Fortec Motorsport), 409
2. Tio Ellinas (Atech Reid GP), 368
3. Oliver Rowland (Fortec Motorsport), 283 (G)
4. Jack Hawksworth (Atech Reid GP), 243
5. Josh Hill (Manor Competition), 205
6. Mitchell Gilbert (Fortec Motorsport), 195 (G)