Rounds Fifteen and Sixteen of the 2011 CERTINA Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship could go down in the history books if runaway championship leader Alex Lynn can take victory in both, breaking the seventeen year old record for most race wins in a season.
Fortec Motorsport's Lynn has currently won ten of the first fourteen races this year and if he can take a double win, a feat he has done at Brands Hatch, Oulton Park, Thruxton and Silverstone GP so far this season, the Essex-born racer will break the record of eleven wins in a season, set by 1994 champion James Matthews.
Lynn, who celebrates his eighteenth birthday over the Rockingham meeting, said: “Rockingham is a great circuit for us and I think that it will suit our car quite nicely. I'm really looking forward to the meeting and hopefully we can have another good result and extend our points lead over Tio [Ellinas]. To have the chance to beat James's 17 year-old record would be a massive point in my career to add to what has already been a fantastic season, I have loved every minute of it.”
It is Tio Ellinas who is Lynn's closest rival in the championship battle, the young Cypriot racer sitting 41 points adrift, despite picking up eleven podium results this term. The Atech Reid GP driver will be hoping to add to his two wins this season as he aims to keep the pressure on Lynn.
Ellinas commented: “My approach is to put myself in the best possible position to win race. It is still possible in the championship battle, it's not a huge problem right now but we have to hope that somewhere down the line Lynn has a bad weekend and that I am able to capitalize on that and gain some more wins.”
As well as the main championship battle, another fierce Fortec v Atech duel is emerging for third in the points, between Oliver Rowland and Jack Hawksworth. Rowland, who also leads the Graduate Cup standings, extended his lead last time out, but Hawksworth will be looking to fight back and add to his victory from Croft earlier in the season.
Two other drivers to watch out for this weekend are Daniel Cammish and Jordan King, driving for Mark Burdett Motorsport and Manor Competition respectively. Cammish entered the season late but has got right on the pace quickly, taking his maiden podium last time out, while King has been a regular podium finisher and just missed out on a maiden win at Snetterton in Round Eleven.