Duncan regains championship lead
Monday, September 10th, 2007
Race 1: Qualified 1st, Finished 1st
Race 2: Qualified 1st, Finished 1st
Duncan had another near-perfect weekend at Donington Park with two pole positions, two wins and a fastest lap, putting him at the top of the Formula Renault UK table with a seven-point cushion and two races to go. His team, Fortec Motorsport, had two 1-2-3 finishes, helping to confirm them as 2007 Team. The weekend’s results bring Duncan’s season tally to 14 podium finishes, including 8 victories from the 18 races.
Changes following testing in the week were just what Duncan needed for what he described as “the perfect car for me” and it showed with the two fastest lap times in the twenty minute qualifying session setting him on pole for both of the races.
He led from the start of the first race and gradually built a lead. By the third lap he had built a gap of over a second and from there Riki Christodoulou behind couldn’t challenge. He crossed the line to take 32 points for the win, but the two points for fastest lap went to Dean Smith, putting Duncan just two points behind in the Championship going into the second race.
A slight change of wind direction slowed his initial Race Two progress but he soon adapted, creating a copy of Race One and pulling away from Riki with main championship rival Dean in third again. This time he was set to claim the fastest lap to take maximum points, putting him in a good position for the final rounds next month, when the title will be decided.
Instead of the usual British Touring Car races, Duncan was supporting the World Series by Renault event, which drew an amazing 135,000 spectators to the Donington Park track. The atmosphere was amazing with crowds packing the spectator banking and grandstands.
As well as the usual race win presentations, Duncan was honoured with the Donington Park Racing Association Club (DPRAC) trophy, presented to the Formula Renault driver scoring the most points at the circuit in the season. Having already raced here in July, four races were taken into account and Duncan received the special award on Sunday on the podium.
Duncan said: “It’s been a great weekend! In the first race I just held my line at the start. It was tight but I got there and that was it really. I knew I had to try for fastest lap but with five laps to go I thought there was no reason to go silly.
“Race Two was pretty much a perfect race. The car just got better and better, which was how I took the fastest lap right at the end.
“It’s great to get the award from DPRAC. It shows consistency which is what’s helped to keep me at, or near, the top of the table through the season. The seven points championship lead doesn’t make too much difference – I still need to drive the same but at least I have a slight margin for error in the last two critical races.”
Duncan’s final event in the Formula Renault Season is at Thruxton, Hampshire on 14th October.