Will Stevens will be aiming to return to winning ways and the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup podium on home soil as the premier single-seater series holds its only UK round of the season at Silverstone on August, 20-21.
The 20 year-old has been on fine form this year, opening his debut Formula Renault Eurocup account with his first race win at the Spanish circuit of Motorland Aragón in April. The Surrey star has also claimed three pole positions and a trio of podiums in the series so far this season, including a pair of second-place finishes at Spa Francorchamps, Belgium.
Despite a challenging time at the last Hungaroring rounds, Stevens lies fourth in the championship fight 61 points behind the leader. With six races remaining and 150 points still up for grabs the Fortec Motorsport driver has everything to play for, starting with a welcome return to the podium around the new Silverstone Arena circuit.
Stevens is primed in preparation for his big home race. His second Formula Renault UK guest appearance of the year at Snetterton earlier this month added another second-place finish to his season tally after taking the same result at Brands Hatch at the beginning of the year.
The World Series by Renault showcase is expected to attract over 50,000 spectators to the free event at the Northamptonshire track and the former British, European and Asian-Pacific kart champion will be hoping his British fans will be cheering him to victory this weekend.
“I’m really looking forward to Silverstone this weekend and hopefully it will see a return to form and the podium,” said Stevens. “We had a very positive outing last time at Snetterton in the domestic series and learnt a lot so I’ll be looking to improve on that performance in front of my home crowd.
"When you’re competing in a European series, it’s always a boost to race at your home event and I'm excited now to be racing on the new Silverstone layout. Following the strong start to the season in Eurocup, and with five combined podium finishes this season, nothing less than another podium will do.
“The competition in the Eurocup is fierce and I suspect we'll be joined by some of the British series regulars which will increase the opposition. However if we can get a good set-up on Friday ahead of Saturday's first qualifying, I'm optimistic we can get another strong finish."
The Formula Renault Eurocup 2.0 action starts at Silverstone with two 40-minute practice sessions on Friday at 09:00 and 14:05. Qualifying at 09:45 on Saturday morning precedes the first race of the weekend at 14:35. Sunday’s qualifying session will take place at 11:45 and the lights will go green on race two at 15:35.