Eighteen year old Sidmouth based driver Harry Tincknell secured his first win in Formula Renault UK and the first win for CRS Racing this season during round four of the season at the Rockingham Motor Speedway in Northamptonshire.
The reigning Graduate Cup Champion almost had the perfect weekend having taken a double pole position during the two qualifying sessions on Saturday, but missed out on a double win after a slight mistake during the early laps of the damp opening race saw him secure second. Making up for the lost victory, Tincknell secured the bonus points for the races fastest lap.
Reflecting on race one, Tincknell commented: “We pretty much dominated Saturday so I was very happy, unfortunately after about two weeks of glorious weather I woke up this morning and it was all grey and dark so I wondered if that was a bad omen. I got a good start in the first race and had started to pull away but on the fourth lap I touched the grass going into the hairpin and ran wide. This gave Tama's the chance to get through and after that the car started to go off as the set-up wasn't perfect so I had to let him go.”
Tincknell was in no mood to make the same slight mistake in the dry second race, as he explains: “The sun came out just before the start of the second race and I felt very confident as we came around on the formation lap, I knew that if I was first into turn one it was my race. I made one little mistake a few laps in but I held position and took it all the way to the flag. I'm very happy to get my first main series win. The team has worked long hours to get me here so I'm very happy for them. We need to keep the momentum going now but my confidence is high and I can't wait for Brands Hatch.”
For the teams other drivers, both second year driver Michael Lyons and first year rookie Robert Foster-Jones secured a top ten finish each, with Lyons securing ninth in race two of the weekend while Southend-on-Sea based Foster-Jones secured ninth during the opening race.
Lyons has shown that he is constantly improving as he backed up his testing performances in qualifying by taking a brace of top ten race starts.
For the team's fourth driver, Oxford based Brazilian Victor Correa secured a best result of twelfth during the damp first race before being spun out and ending up at the tail of the field.
CRS Racing's Team Director, Andrew Kirkaldy said about the Rockingham weekend: “All four drivers did well this weekend, Qualifying was extremely close and while Harry got pole for both races the other guys were down around 10th, even though they were all very quick. The win is fantastic for Harry's confidence and for the whole team; we all needed that. Mick did an amazing job and raced very well. He has really come on since he started using our simulator so they will all be in there this week!”
The team haven't had much of an opportunity to enjoy and celebrate Tincknell's win as the next two rounds of the season take place this weekend on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit in Kent, while the CRS GT Team are also in action over in Germany, at the Nurburgring circuit.
Photo credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography