Fortec Motorsport's Alex Lynn continued his domination of the 2011 Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship, taking victory in both Rounds Seven and Eight to make it seven wins for him this season, extending his lead further in the title race.
Lynn was in charge throughout the weekend, taking pole position in both of Saturdays two qualifying sessions. For race one he was joined on the front row by Jack Hawksworth, with Tio Ellinas and Oliver Rowland lining up behind.
Following in the same vein as many of the Formula Renault races this season, the first race was lacking real action. Hawksworth pressured Lynn in the opening couple of laps, but once the reigning Winter Series champion broke free, he drove clear to win by 1.7s.
Mark Burdett Motorsport's Hawksworth took second, while Atech Reid GP's Ellinas finished third, the duo taking their second and seventh podiums of the season. Fortec's Rowland won the Graduate Cup honours in fourth place, after early race rival Jordan King crashed at Druids on lap two.
Oscar King and Dan Wells completed a superb race for Atech Reid GP by finishing fifth and sixth respectively, while enjoying a competitive debut in the series was Daniel Cammish, the Formula Ford graduate running in seventh place and ending up just 0.176s off Wells. Manor Competition pairing Josh Hill and Alice Powell were next up, with Mitchell Gilbert rounding out the top ten for Fortec.
The afternoon's second race proved to be another processional affair, with Lynn getting a good start to lead into Old Hall ahead of team-mates Rowland and Gilbert. The trio held those positions till the end to complete a Fortec 1-2-3, replicating the efforts of its Formula Renault BARC outfit from the weekend before.
Holding fourth for the majority of the race was fellow Fortec racer Felix Serralles, the Puerto Rican set to complete a perfect result for the team, however he was passed on the final lap by Ellinas, the duo finishing ahead of Manor Competition trio Powell, Hill and Ollie Millroy.
Running eighth after the opening lap was Wells, who was enjoying his most competitive meeting of the season so far, until a late lunge by team-mate Oscar King at Island hairpin on lap two saw him drive into the rear of Wells' car. Both drivers continued, though Wells later pulled into the pits and retired due to the damage he sustained, while a rear suspension failure for King saw him go off into the gravel near the end.
The perfect weekend for Lynn sees him move into a 48 point lead over Ellinas in the championship standings. As a reward for his achievements so far, Lynn will be a guest of Lotus Motorsport at this month's European Grand Prix, where he will enjoy a two-day programme meeting key team members.
Lynn commented: “I'm very happy after my performance this weekend and am delighted to head to Valencia to see the Lotus Renault GP Team in action. This morning the weather conditions were very difficult with the rain so the garage was very busy before the race.
“In this afternoon's race Oliver got a very good start which meant that I had to respond. I did that by posting three or four fastest laps and by the end of the race his tyres had dropped off which enabled me to hold my lead.”