Exeter based youngster Harry Tincknell has been setting the pace during the pre season tests he's been involved with last week.

Tincknell, 18, who in his maiden season of car racing took the Formula Renault UK Graduate Cup title with leading squad CRS Racing, and went on to win the Winter Series title in November, has resigned with CRS Racing for the 2010 campaign.

Harry headed to Brands Hatch on the Tuesday, testing on the Indy configuration and at Rockingham on the Friday.

The Brands Hatch test saw Tincknell go below Formula Renault lap record, by setting a 43.2s lap, which beat the old time by 0.5s, so the new for 2010 cars are proving faster than the previous car.

The test saw Tincknell end the day as the fastest driver, by 0.5s, the second fastest driver who matched the best lap time at Brands Indy was Nick Yelloly, with Tamas Pal Kiss setting a 43.9s lap.

The time sheets show that Tincknell is already driving well ahead of the season start.

Moving to Rockingham on the Friday, Tincknell again was on form as he set a 1m29.0, meaning that Harry was 2 seconds faster than his CRS Racing team mates, Michael Lyons and Robert Foster Jones.

Tincknell's best time was half a second faster than the time set by Tamas Pal Kiss. Unfortunately he couldn't complete the session as he had to dash to the local airport to fly out to Spain for a weekend test at Motorland with Formula Renault Eurocup Drivers Champions Epilson.

He returns to the track  testing at Knockhill and Thruxton this week, Knockhill sees the Formula Renault UK Championship return there for the first time since 2005, while Thruxton sees the racing debut of the new Formula Renault cars.

The opening races of the 2010 season happen at Thruxton, in Hampshire on the 3rd and 4th April.

Photo by Alfonso Lygo