Sims Secures Pair Of Top Three...

OULTON PARK STARTSNottinghamshire Formula Renault UK entrant Manor Competition has high hopes of challenging for a brace of podium results at the least tomorrow, Sunday, 27th July, during the 15th and 16th rounds of the campaign at Oulton Park Island Circuit in Cheshire.Alexander Sims, who is currently second overall in the championship standings on overall scores, qualified third on the grid for both of tomorrow’s 15-lap races at the 2.23 mile venue following a very competitive run during today’s two, sun kissed sessions.Lapping with a best time of 1m 18.866 seconds (101.58mph) during round 15 qualifying, just six 100ths of a second outside the pole position time, the 20-year-old Peterborough driver repeated his third placed finish during the round 16 session with a lap of 1m 19.164 seconds (101.22mph).For round 15, Northern Ireland’s Kris Loane will line up sixth on the grid after setting a best time of 1m 19.113 seconds (101.29mph). However, the 20-year-old from Kesh in Co. Fermanagh will have his work cut out in round 16 after his lap of 1m 19.741 seconds (100.49mph) was only good enough for 14th position on the grid.Henry Surtees enjoyed one of his better qualifying performances of the 2008 season, lining up as he does in 11th position for round 15 – thanks to a time of 1m 19.458 seconds (100.85mph) – and an improved eighth on the grid for round 16 courtesy of a good lap of 1m 19.590 seconds (100.68mph).The New Ollerton team’s least experienced single-seater racer, Tom Armour, qualified 18th on the grid for round 15 with a lap of 1m 20.352 seconds (99.73mph) and 19th quickest during round 16 qualifying with a time of 1m 20.558 seconds (99.47mph).Manor Competition team owner Tony Shaw said: “If it’s as hot tomorrow as it was today during qualifying the races will be very tough but we’re looking forward to them. We stand a good chance of celebrating a couple of podiums at the end of the weekend, hopefully that’ll be the case.”Round 15 of the 2008 Formula Renault UK Championship will take place at around 12.00 tomorrow, Sunday, 27th July, with round 16 expected to follow at 16.50.In further Manor related news, Alexander Sims retained his crown during the second annual Renault Sport UK Charity Duathlon at Oulton Park on Friday, 25th July. Having won the inaugural event last year, which sees entrants cycle one lap of the 2.23-mile track, run the second lap and cycle the third and final tour, Sims eased to his second triumph in as many attempts on Friday evening to help raise much needed funds for the North West Air Ambulance and Barnados.Provisional 2008 Formula Renault UK Championship Driver Standings (after Rd14):2nd Alexander Sims, 309pts; 7th Kris Loane, 212pts; 13th Henry Surtees, 117pts; 18th Tom Armour, 73pts

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