Rowland and Lynn Claim Poles at Rockingham

Oliver Rowland and Alex Lynn claimed pole postions for rounds fifteen and sixteen respectively at Rockingham, as Fortec locked out the front row in both sessions.

Rowland took pole by just over a tenth of a second from team-mate Mitchell Gilbert with a time of 1.15.577secs, compared to that of 1.15.693secs of the Aussie in a session which saw Alex Lynn bring out the red flag after a spin in the blustery conditions.

“I was a bit concerned about what the weather was going to do at the start of the session, as it was very windy,” said Gilbert. “After the red flag, I put some good laps in but I wasn’t really sure of my placing until I came back in. I’m very happy with second. I think that I can definitely challenge for the win, the first corner is very open so it’s all to play for.”

The Fortec pair were closely followed by the Atech Reid GP duo of Tio Ellinas, Dan Wells, Jordan King and Dan Cammish as less than three tenths of a second covered the top six.

Championship leader Alex Lynn span in the early part of the session bringing out the red flag and ending any chance of the birthday boy challenging Rowland for pole position for round fifteen, meaning he will start at the back of the grid.

However, in qualifying two Lynn bounced back with style, claiming his thirteenth pole of the season ahead of Rowland who once again put his car on the front row of the grid.

“The session was really good and the car ran really well,” said Lynn. “It was a real disappointment this morning, but to bounce back and get my thirteenth pole of the year in the second session is very important for me.

“I’m feeling very confident going into the race tomorrow so we’ll see how Ollie deals with the pressure of being on the front row.”

Graduate Cup leader Rowland, who is also third in the overall standings, was content with his qualifying performance as he qualified just over two tenths of a second behind Lynn for round sixteen.

“Pole and second is fairly good,” said a modest Rowland. “We made a few mistakes in that session as the tyres were slightly older than Lynn’s, so I think that we were at a slight disadvantage. But, I also made a few mistakes, so we could’ve definitely been quicker. Overall I’m happy we’re so much closer to Alex.

“I’m going to have a good go off the start line as I have a good record of making up places on my first lap.”

Championship contender Ellinas placed behind Lynn and Rowland in qualifying two, meaning he will start from third place in both races tomorrow.

“It was a pretty good performance,” said an upbeat Ellinas, “I made some changes to the car from this morning and I think, given the weather conditions were a bit more of a challenge in this session, it was very positive.

“Looking ahead to the races, I intend to be fighting for victories or at least be on the podium, I’m feeling very confident.”

Rounds fifteen and sixteen of the CERTINA Formula Renault UK Championship take place on Sunday at 10:40 and 16:00 respectively.

Photo: Jakob Ebrey

Mike Trusler

Mike is our designated Formula Renault UK correspondant for the 2011 season. Mike's currently studying Motoring Journalism at UCA in Farnham, Surrey and you can contact him on mike@btcccrazy.co.uk or on twitter @mike_trusler.