Alex Lynn celebrated his eighth win of the season after winning Round Ten of the 2011 Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship at Croft, the Fortec Motorsport driver taking victory in a crazy race that saw collisions and drama throughout.
Lynn got a solid start to hold the lead into the Clervaux for the first time, while team-mate and front row starter Mitchell Gilbert didn't get as good a start, with Alice Powell challenging him around the outside. Gilbert hit the kerb hard at Clervaux though, pushing him wide, forcing Powell through the gravel.
This dropped her to fifth behind Tio Ellinas and Oliver Rowland, but the reigning Formula Renault BARC Champions race was over on lap two, after contact with the tyres at the chicane ripped her front left wheel off.
A couple of laps later the rain began to fall and one driver to try and take a gamble with this was Dan Wells. The Atech Reid GP driver received contact on the opening lap, damaging his radiator, causing his engine to begin to overheat. When pitting to repair this, he took the gamble to go onto wet tyres, hoping for the rain to increase.
Wells returned to the circuit in front of seventh place Daniel Cammish, but with no blue flags being shown to him by the marshals, he proceeded to race with the drivers. This began bunching the group up, which allowed Josh Hill to nip past Cammish at Hawthorn on lap eight, with Pedro Pablo Calbimonte following him through. Cammish, competing in just his second Formula Renault meeting, lost another place later in the lap to Oscar King, but fought back at the hairpin, causing contact between the two, spinning King round.
Ahead there was drama for third at the same corner, with Fortec's Rowland running into the back of Atech Reid GP's Ellinas, breaking his front suspension and ending his race. Ellinas continued, but dropped two places to team-mate Jack Hawksworth and Manor Competition's Jordan King, before losing another to a superb move by Hill at the Jim Clark Esses on lap nine.
Ellinas tried to gain the place back at the hairpin with a late move but ended up with contact between the two. Both continued, but damage caused by the contact meant Manor's Hill span into the gravel and out of the race at the next corner, while Ellinas dropped right down the order with front wing damage.
Behind, a battle for fifth was emerging between Calbimonte, Oscar King and Mark Burdett Motorsport's Cammish. King made a move for the place at the Complex on lap ten, but ended up spinning, with Cammish able to avoid the car to nip past both for the position. The trio all gained a place a lap later when Hawksworth, who was enjoying a strong run in third, pulled off with mechanical woes, a disappointing result for the winner of Round Nine.
At the front and avoiding all the chaos was Lynn, who cruised home for the win, with team-mate Gilbert a strong second, taking the Graduate Cup win. Taking third for his maiden Formula Renault podium was Jordan King, with Calbimonte taking fourth and Oscar King fifth, Cammish dropping to sixth after late contact with Wells. Ellinas nursed his damaged car home seventh, with Wells last of the finishers in eighth with a damaged rear wing.
Lynn, who now holds a 58 point championship lead, said: “It's absolutely brilliant to get a win after yesterday's poor result. I made a good start and managed to gain a nice lead over the first few laps, but when the rain came it certainly made things tricky, especially as different parts of the track would be wet at different times.”