Oliver Rowland admitted to Crash.net that Le Man's Bugatti circuit poses many challenges despite setting a lap record in morning practice.

This weekend not only marks Formula Renault 3.5's eighth and penultimate round of the 2015 season but also the Fortec Motorsports driver's first outing at the famous French circuit. His championship rival Matthieu Vaxiviere was first to surpass the seven year record before the Briton posted a time eight tenths-of-a-second faster in the final stages.

"The track was a little bit damp and I've never been here before so it was about improving where I could," he told Crash.net after his record-setting pace in the morning. Rowland's time was three seconds faster than the original lap record set by Fabio Cabone back in 2008.

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It is important but I try not to read too much into practice - for me it is mostly about trying to find the right balance," he continued. "It is all about getting that double win."

Another win this weekend would ensure that the 23-year-old ties with Carlos Sainz for the most wins in a single FR3.5 season after the Spaniard's own seven victories secured the championship for DAMS Racing last year.

The Briton is yet to win back-to-back races but still leads Vaxiviere by 50 points - a double win this weekend would most likely secure the championship for the Fortec Motorsports driver, the team's first since Robin Frijns in 2012.