Formula Renault UK: Lynn equals 17-year win record

A QUICKFIRE teenager looks set to break the record for most wins in a Formula Renault UK Championship season

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A QUICKFIRE teenager looks set to break the record for most wins in a Formula Renault UK Championship season – and legally he can now have a drink to celebrate.

After turning 18 on Saturday, Alex Lynn did what he does best during the second race at Rockingham on Sunday – he went quicker than everyone else, dominated the race from start to finish, and took the chequered flag.

The win puts him equal with the 17-year-old record of 11 victories in one season, and he still has four races left to go this year, at Brands Hatch and Silverstone.

It was in stark contrast to race one however, as a rare mistake from Lynn caused him to crash in qualifying and he ended up starting at the back of the grid.

After going on the charge, he elevated himself to fifth, but then spun at the famous Pif-Paf left handed hairpin to end up in tenth place.

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“It’s the most fun I’ve had in a race all year,” he said. “We were really fast. If you didn’t clip the apex right there was a bit of dirt off line.

“Next time round I didn’t clip it as well as I should have done and got off line. I was pushing so hard as I thought a podium finish was definitely on.”

After that, normal service resumed. Lynn took a comfortable poll and then converted it into a fine win beating teammate Oliver Rowland by 0.247 seconds.

“That made up for earlier,” he said. “It was a really good session – and I made sure I braked really early for the hairpin on my first lap.

“The car was very good and I’m happy with that, especially as I had to deal with different conditions with the changing wind.

Lynn also stretched his lead to 36 points over championship title rival Tio Ellinas by adding further two bonus points for the fastest lap.

He added: “I got a really good start and a gap at the first corner, which I needed, and the whole race was a case of maintaining that. I’m very happy finishing off the weekend with a win.”

But Lynn is concentrating on next two races rather than the points. “It needs Tio to have a bad weekend for me to win the championship. All I can focus on is beating him in both races – and if I do that I’ll be over the moon.”