SUPER STOCKINGER LIGHTS UP CROFT A stunning weekend for Atech Grand Prix's Marlon Stockinger netted two top three starts and maiden victory and second place in the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship at Croft this weekend. Team-mate...
SUPER STOCKINGER LIGHTS UP CROFT
A stunning weekend for Atech Grand Prix's Marlon Stockinger netted two top three starts and maiden victory and second place in the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship at Croft this weekend. Team-mate Tamas Pal Kiss maintains his lead at the top of the points table with fourth and sixth places while the team's third driver Briton Nick Yelloly drove a storming second race to finish just outside the top ten.
For 18 year-old Swiss-Filipino Stockinger, this weekend was without doubt his best ever in single-seater racing, which started with his maiden pole position in Saturday's first qualifying. He followed that up with the third fastest time in the second to give him a second row start for race two.
Pal Kiss was next up of the Atech runners, earning himself fourth and seventh fastest times in the two sessions. Yelloly completed the line-up with two 14th places.
Race one got underway on Saturday afternoon with Stockinger making a superb getaway to take an immediate lead. For 15 laps the youngster made it look easy staying completely in control and fending off the challenge from second-placed Ollie Millroy to take his maiden victory. Behind him, a good start from Pal Kiss allowed him to maintain his start position and go on to finish just outside the final podium spot to hang on to his series lead.
Another fast starting performance by Yelloly allowed him up to 12th until a spin on lap three dropped him down the order. He went on to finish 16th.
Sunday's second race proved another success for Stockinger as he capitalised well on a problem for the pole-sitter Thomas Hylkema who struggled to get away at the lights. Thereafter Stockinger withstood some early pressure from third place Will Stevens but drove a mature and controlled race to take second place.
Behind the lead quartet Pal Kiss had got the jump on Tom Blomqvist and over the course of the 15 lapper the pair enjoyed a huge battle for fifth place. However suffering from oversteer during the latter part of the race, Tamas came under increasing pressure as his tyres went off allowing Blomqvist to relieve the Hungarian of the place two laps from home.
Yelloly too enjoyed a good second race, the 19 year-old moving up three places on the opening lap into 11th place. For the duration of the race Nick was pushed hard by Millroy but didn't put a wheel wrong, withholding the pressure and hanging on to get the place and gain more valuable championship points.
The performances from the trio over the weekend now see them all in the top eight in the standings, with Marlon moving ahead of Nick into seventh place and Tamas enjoying a 19 point advantage at the top.
Team Principal David Hayle was delighted with the performances of his drivers this weekend, the mid-way point in the championship.
"What a fantastic result for Marlon, the whole team is delighted for him, he didn't put a wheel wrong all weekend and this was our most consistent performance this season. Tamas has extended his lead at the top with two strong finishes and Nick once again showed an amazing race pace following two lightening starts.
"Now we must ensure we can nail qualifying for him as we head into the second half of the season as I have no doubt he is more than capable of challenging for race wins."
The series now enjoys a lengthy seven-week summer break in the schedule before it resumes with three rounds at Snetterton, replacing the rain-aborted race from Brands Hatch, over the weekend of 7/8 August.
-source: atech GP