ATECH GP WINS THRUXTON FORMULA RENAULT THRILLER Atech Grand Prix won the opening round of the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship at Thruxton with Tamas Pal Kiss taking his and the team's maiden Formula Renault victory. Nick Yelloly made...
ATECH GP WINS THRUXTON FORMULA RENAULT THRILLER
Atech Grand Prix won the opening round of the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship at Thruxton with Tamas Pal Kiss taking his and the team's maiden Formula Renault victory. Nick Yelloly made another of his lightening starts to move up into sixth from tenth while Marlon Stockinger rounded out the top ten to also gain valuable championship points.
Starting from fourth, Pal Kiss managed to avoid a first lap collision which claimed two cars and sent out the safety car, crossing the line second at the end of the lap. At the restart, Tamas was the quickest on track, quickly closing down the gap to the race leader and on lap seven the Hungarian forged ahead and into the lead, extending his advantage to three seconds at the finish.
In Sunday's race two, 18 year-old Pal Kiss drove another superb race, storming through from tenth on the grid to seventh on the opening lap. A stunning overtaking manoeuvre on lap seven allowed him to pass two cars and move into fifth.
Two laps from home a mistake from fourth-placed Tom Blomqvist allowed Pal Kiss through and in to fourth place which he held to the flag. His combined results put him into second place in the championship, just six points behind the leader.
Eighteen year-old Yelloly again made a fantastic start to leapfrog six cars off the line and a controlled drive over the course of the 16-lapper netted the Briton 11th at the finish and puts him sixth in the championship. Swiss-Filipino Stockinger, celebrating his 19th birthday on Sunday, also made a good start and recovered well from being pushed off track at the mid-way point to cross the line 15th.
"For me this was the perfect start to my championship and I'm very happy to give the new team its first Formula Renault win," said Tamas. "The car was great this weekend and the team once again did a fantastic, professional job."
Team Principal David Hayle was equally pleased with the results, the first victory for the new team, re-named for 2010. "This weekend is the first for the team under the Atech Grand Prix name so it's great to kick off the season with victory.
"Tamas has driven superbly all weekend, following a strong pre-season testing performance and I'm delighted that he got his reward with victory. The whole team has worked hard during the off-season and the results of Nick and Marlon also reflect that.
"Nick's two race finishes also put him in a strong position, sixth in the championship, and I know the results will continue to come from him. Marlon was unlucky this weekend as his pre-season pace prior to Thruxton was strong and I'm sure he will continue to make progress for the next rounds."
The Silverstone-based team will resume race action at the next two rounds of the championship, which take place at Rockingham in two weeks time.
-source: atech gp