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25th June 2009


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Officially timed mid-season Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship testing came to a conclusion at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk this afternoon, Thursday, 25th June, with Menasheh Idafar once again producing great form.

Lapping with a best time of 1m05.133 seconds (107.88mph) today, which was set during the opening four hour session, the 18-year-old Gulf Computer Services and Ortolan backed driver ended day two just half a second shy of the outright pace and only two 10ths of a second outside the top 10.

Most impressively, on combined times covering the full two day test, Menasheh was an excellent sixth quickest thanks to his tremendous time of 1m04.681 seconds (108.64mph) on Wednesday.

Speaking after today’s seven-hour test run, which took place in baking hot conditions, Hillspeed’s Richard Ollerenshaw said: “The aim today was to build on the great work we did on Wednesday and Menasheh was in very good form again. To be sixth fastest overall after two intense days is an exceptional effort and bodes very well for us ahead of the next two rounds of the season.”

Silverstone GP track awaits Idafar next weekend
Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit in Northamptonshire hosts the 11th and 12th rounds of the 2009 Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship next weekend, 4th/5th July, with well over 100,000 spectators expected to attend.

Off the back of such a positive couple of days at Snetterton this week, the teenage racer hopes for a good weekend at Silverstone where the Formula Renault UK Championship will act as a support category to the international World Series by Renault category.

Alongside track action from World Series, Eurocup Megane Trophy, Eurocup Formula Renault and the ELF Renault Clio Cup, the weekend timetable also sees a variety of displays which will be topped off by a track display from the ING Renault Formula One Team.

Practice ahead of next weekend’s action will take place at 17.10 on Friday, 3rd July, with qualifying following at 17.50 on Saturday, 4th July. Round 11 is currently timetabled to get underway at around 09.00 on Sunday, 5th July, with round 12 expected to commence at 16.50.

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