07/07/2015

Briton Rowland extends 3.5 lead as big World Series by Renault Silverstone fixture nears

Britain’s Oliver Rowland leads the Formula Renault 3.5 Championship by an extended margin as the category reaches the half-way stage of its 2015 season at Austria’s Red Bull Ring this coming weekend (11-12 July).
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Rowland, driving for British team Fortec, took his third win out of eight races recently at Hungary’s Hungaroring Formula 1 circuit to pull out a 17-point lead on France’s Lotus F1-backed driver Mathieu Vaxiviere.

The other race was won by Russian Egor Orudzhev, racing antoher British oufit Arden, won the other race there in which Rowland took a third place finish. Vaxiviere’s results in the two races were fourth and third.

Of his victory, Rowland later said: "I managed that perfectly and got really good drive on the run to turn one to take the lead. After that I was pretty much flat out all the way in order to keep Matthieu behind.

"I was hoping his pace might drop off a bit but he was with me all the way until the last couple of laps when I think he just gave up.

"Fortunately he didn't know I had a braking issue over the final few laps. It was something to do with a cracked housing on the disk which left me with a really long brake pedal.

"So I was lucky to finish really. But I did and I got the win which made up for yesterday's disappointing result. The important thing now is to keep the momentum going."

Indeed Rowland will surely want to leave the Red Bull Ring this weekend still in the championship lead, especially as after that come his two home rounds at Silverstone, UK on the weekend of Sat 5-Sun 6 Sept.

When booked in advance full weekend tickets for the Silverstone event remain on sale at just £12 per adult and only £6 for children aged 11-15. Admission for children aged 10 and under is FREE!

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The Silverstone fixture – part of the pan-European tour of World Series by Renault calendar – will also include spectacular demonstrations of a Red Bull F1 car by former Grand Prix winner and current BBC race commentator David Coulthard and from the Renaultsport ‘stunt show’ as well as the latest rounds of Renaultsport’s Formula Renault 2.0 single-seater category and Renaultsport Trophy for its sensational new 500bhp R.S 0.1 silhouette sports/GT race car which debuted at the Belgian F1 circuit of Spa-Francorchamps in April.

The Renaultsport Trophy’s latest rounds were held alongside the 3.5 Championship at Hungaroring and featured some 15 of the dream machines R.S 0.1 dream machines. Victories fell to Germany’s Wolfgang Reip and Spain’s David Cebrian (Monlau Competicion) in the Endurance two-driver race, plus Slovakian Richard Gonda (ART Junior) and Dutchman Steijn Schothorst (Equipe Vershuur) in the Prestige and Elite sprints races that followed.