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Millroy Ends Day Two On Top At Croft

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Ollie Millroy topped the timesheets on the final day of the official Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship test at Croft in North Yorkshire.  He came out on top in a test that hinted that 2011 season could prove very competitive, with the top nine drivers ending up covered by less than a second.

Manor Competition's Millroy, who won one race in 2010 on his way to sixth in the championship, impressed with his pace on day one and continued this in the day's opening session, topping it by 0.430s. After finishing third in session two, the 20 year old upped the pace in the final session to set his quickest time of 1min 16.467s.  

Narrowly missing out on top spot was the fastest driver from day one, reigning series Graduate Cup class champion Alex Lynn. The Fortec Motorsport driver topped the times in session two, becoming the first driver of the day to break the 1min 17s barrier, before finishing the day just 0.110s off Millroy's best.

The quickest Graduate Cup class runner for the second day running was Oliver Rowland. After a slow start to the day, Rowland upped his pace to set the second quickest time in the second session, before ending the day third overall and just 0.098s behind Fortec team-mate Lynn.

Manor Competitions Josh Hill suffered a frustrating day two, with his track time limited due to mechanical problems throughout the day.  The Formula Ford graduate was only able to set the tenth fastest time in the first session, but showed his true pace in the final session on fresh tyres to set the fourth best time of the day.  

Completing a Manor Competition and Fortec Motorsport lock-out of the top six were the team's respective drivers, Jordan King and Mitchell Gilbert. The duo ended the day just 0.075s apart as they finished as second and third quickest Graduate Cup runners respectively.

Looking to impress on day two, after a disappointing end to day one, was Mark Burdett Motorsport's Jack Hawksworth. The 19 year old, who really impressed during November's Winter Series, slowly worked his way up the timesheets throughout the day to end seventh with a best time of 1min 17.325s.

Looking to replicate the pace that saw him finish day one fourth quickest was Cypriot driver Tio Ellinas. Finishing session two fourth fastest showed his speed once again, but he wasn't able to put a perfect lap together in the final session, leaving the 2010 Formula Ford race winner only eighth in his Atech Reid GP machine.

After impressing on day one, reigning Formula Renault BARC Champion Alice Powell suffered a tough second day. A third fastest time in session one hinted a good things to come and after trying a few things out in the second session, the focus was on pushing for a good time in the final session, however a spin on new tyres ruined her chances and saw her end the day ninth.

Someone else ending the day much lower than their pace seemed to indicate was Graduate Cup runner Oscar King. The Atech Reid GP finished both the first two sessions in the top six, but was unable to capitalise on new tyres in the final session to end up 1.436s off Millroy's pace. Completing the runners on the day were Antel Motorsport pairing Dan Wells and Shahaan Engineer.

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