PAL KISS TAKES CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD Atech Grand Prix's Tamas Pal Kiss has moved into the lead of the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship points table after the Hungarian took victory and second place in the two rounds at Rockingham.
PAL KISS TAKES CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD
Atech Grand Prix's Tamas Pal Kiss has moved into the lead of the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship points table after the Hungarian took victory and second place in the two rounds at Rockingham. Swiss Filipino Marlon Stockinger took his first FR podium, narrowly missing out on a second in race two but Briton Nick Yelloly was denied a podium finish when he was sidelined with a clutch problem.
The weekend kicked off well for the Silverstone-based team with all three drivers performing well in Friday's tests and Saturday's official qualifying, the trio all in the top six for the opening race. In that Pal Kiss made a good start to slot into second place ahead of Yelloly and Stockinger with pole-man Harry Tincknell in the lead.
However Tincknell's lead was short-lived with a charging Pal Kiss desperate to repeat his performance at Thruxton when he took his maiden series victory. On lap three the 18 year-old made his move to pass the leader with Yelloly and Stockinger holding third and fourth places.
On lap eight Marlon found a way past Nick to move into the final podium place, the pair battling over the position for several laps. However an engine problem, which started on the fourth lap forced the unfortunate Yelloly into retirement two laps from home.
Up at the front, Pal Kiss had gradually extended his lead to take his second win in three races with Stockinger following Tincknell across the line in third place.
The day's second race produced another strong drive from Pal Kiss despite proving a harder race for the Hell-backed teenager, as he took a well-deserved second place. Behind him a good start from Stockinger allowed him to move into third place until a throttle problem dropped him down the order, ultimately ending his race on lap four.
For Yelloly, a superb start saw him gain two places on the opening lap and thereafter a strong drive by the 18 year-old allowed him to take seventh, some consolation for his disappointing non finish in race one.
"It was a great weekend again and I'm very happy to take another win," said Tamas. "Once again the team did a great job and I think all of us are all really strong now. With all three drivers being so close and competitive, it looks really good for all of us for the rest of the season."
Team principal David Hayle was equally delighted with the outcome. "Tamas once again drove exceptionally well and his second win of the season was very well deserved. Marlon was outstanding over the course of the weekend and this bodes well for the remaining races.
"Nick was unlucky to have the problem he had in the first race but his speed and ability over the remaining races will I'm sure allow him to soon take his first race win."
The Silverstone-based team will be back in action this weekend when the series resumes at Brands Hatch in Kent over the weekend of 1/2 May.
-source: atech gp