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Manor Complete Pre-Season Testing

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Manor Competition quartet Ollie Millroy, Alice Powell, Josh Hill and Jordan King enjoyed their final weeks testing ahead of the 2011 Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship season opener at Brands Hatch on April 2/3, running at the official series tests at Oulton Park and Rockingham.

It was Hill who led the way around the Island Circuit at Oulton, the 20 year old being the only runner to break the 1m 19s barrier. His best time of 1m 18.736s saw him over 0.3 seconds clear of his nearest rival.

Reigning Formula Renault BARC Champion Powell was next up for Manor, her best lap of 1min 19.326s seeing her leave the Cheshire circuit as the third fastest driver and the quickest Graduate Cup runner. Slotting into fourth in the timesheets was series race-winner Millroy, who set a best time of 1m 19.537s on old tyres, with King just 0.129s behind.

Two days later they headed to Northamptonshire and Rockingham for the series official Media Day, with it being Millroy's turn to lead the Manor charge. His best time of 1min 14.798s put the 20 year old second fastest, within 0.2s off his quickest rival Alex Lynn.

Once again Powell ended the day as the fastest Graduate Cup runner, the Chipping Norton driver going third overall with a 1m 14.961s. Hill overcame an early spin to end the day seventh fastest with a 1m 15.285, while King finished off ninth with a 1m 15.514s lap, though his day was cut short with an electrical problem.

Commenting on the final week of testing, Manor Competition co-owner Sarah Shaw said: “We really have had a good few weeks during official testing, each of our drivers have been fast and they're all showing fantastic potential for the season. We're confident Josh, Alice, Jordan and Ollie can all be a consistent threat – now we can't wait for the racing to start next weekend!”

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