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Hinchcliffe out to extend points lead.

James Hinchcliffe will hope to extend his slender lead in the Formula Atlantic championship as the series heads to Road America for rounds six and seven of the season this weekend.

The 21-year-old Canadian initially held the points lead following victory in the second round of the season at Laguna Seca back in May before Dutchman Junior Strous assumed the position after round three.

A pair of third place finishes last time out at the Edmonton double-header meeting allowed Hinchcliffe to take the lead for a second time and he now heads to Elkhart Lake seeking to extend his five point advantage over Finnish rookie Markus Niemela.

“As another double-header weekend there's no doubt that Road America's going to be a crucial race meeting,” he said. “That said, the last one wasn't too bad and we left Edmonton with the points lead. I'd obviously like to extend the gap at the head of the pack and pick up another win or two along the way.

“I've had some success at the track in the past and Atlantics is the only series I've raced at there where I haven't won so ideally I'd like to fix that this weekend!”

Despite currently being the man to beat in the title race however, Hinchcliffe added that he wasn't yet looking at the title and was instead focusing on picking up vital points to add to his tally.

“It's good to be leading the championship but it's too soon to be looking at the title,” he said. “We just have to maximise every race that we have and bring the car home with as many points as we can each time we're out. Obviously the best way to do that is to go out and win races.

“I'll be going for it, that much is a given but with a double-header meeting you have to make sure you're quick straight off the back of the trailer.”


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