Harry TincknellHarry Tincknell secured the 2009 Graduate Cup title at the final race weekend of the 2009 Formula Renault UK Championship at Brands Hatch, Kent. His first season in Formula Renault UK saw Harry up against considerably more experienced drivers; none-the-less, the 17-year-old demonstrated his on-track talent to secure the most important title of his career to-date.

Tincknell quickly established himself as the leading rookie after a succession of strong performances, and continued to build on his momentum, allowing him to dominate the highly-competitive class.

Tincknell qualified on the third row of the grid for round 19 and after a mature drive finished sixth, claiming enough points to secure the Graduate Cup. In round 20, despite mechanical issues, which severely compromised the handling of the car, he drove well, displaying some good defensive driving to cross the finish line 10th. As well as claiming both graduate wins, he also set the fastest graduate lap times in both races.

This season, Tincknell has achieved 11 out of 20 Graduate Cup race wins, four overall podium finishes, and two fastest laps, including a track record at Oulton Park. In an outstanding rookie season, he has already earned himself a reputation as one-to-watch for the future.

Despite his success this season, the Exeter-based racer is already
geared-up for 2010 with CRS Racing. “I’m really happy to win the Graduate Cup as I have achieved the goal I set myself at the start of the year,” said Harry. “Adam Christodoulou won this in 2007 and went on to win the 2008 Championship with CRS Racing and that’s exactly what I want to do now. It’s good to be up there with all the second and third year drivers; it’s a lot of fun and I can’t wait to go for the overall title next year.”

Tincknell won the Graduate Cup with 323 points, a 75-point lead on his closest rival, and finished in fifth position overall in the 2009 Formula Renault UK Championship.