HILLSPEED'S DWYER TAKES SECOND TOP 10 FINISH OF WEEKEND AT THRUXTON Leading Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship squad Hillspeed recorded its second top 10 result of the weekend at Thruxton in Hampshire yesterday, Sunday, 26th April, with...
HILLSPEED'S DWYER TAKES SECOND TOP 10 FINISH OF WEEKEND AT THRUXTON
Leading Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship squad Hillspeed recorded its second top 10 result of the weekend at Thruxton in Hampshire yesterday, Sunday, 26th April, with Lee Dwyer once again in good form during the fourth round of the season.
Starting the race in eighth position after a good run in qualifying, the Huddersfield teenager slipped to 11th on the opening lap but remained right in the thick of the action with a very entertaining five car battle developing as the race progressed.
Round four fell under Safety Car conditions on lap six after a three-car collision but at the re-start on lap nine, Dwyer became embroiled in a close fight with Manor Competition trio Dean Smith, David McDonald and Thomas Hylkema as all four drivers vied for the same piece of track.
Just after mid-distance, Dwyer made his way into ninth place with some good driving and then moved into eighth when Lewis Williamson crashed out at the complex. During the closing stages, however, McDonald and Smith managed to edge past to push Dwyer back to a, nonetheless impressive, 10th place finish and second highest Graduate Cup runner.
Hillspeed team-mate Menasheh Idafar lined up on the sixth row of the grid in 12th place -- the third quickest of the rookie competitors -- but his race unfortunately came unstuck on lap 12 when battling tooth and nail in the midfield.
Driving hard to make his way back towards the top 10 after an earlier moment, the 18-year-old dropped a wheel on the grass while rounding the ultra-fast Church Corner as he attempted a pass on the outside and the resulting spin at high speed saw him rejoin at the tail of the field.
Pushing on to try and get back inside the points, Idafar managed to secure a single point for 20th place after fellow Graduate Cup competitor Will Stevens had his own spin at the chicane.
Reflecting on the weekend, Hillspeed's Richard Ollerenshaw said: "Lee raced well on Sunday once again to grab his second top 10 of the weekend. It was very tight out there and the action was very much wheel-to-wheel but he performed impressively against some highly experienced drivers such as Dean (Smith -- 2007 Formula Renault UK Vice-Champion) who just held him off for ninth place.
"We were impressed by Menasheh's racecraft this weekend, he's certainly improving all of the time and it was unfortunate he had the spin. He certainly showed plenty of commitment but was very lucky to avoid a bigger accident. Had the pass been successful, it would have been unbelievable."
Ollerenshaw added: "It's still early in the season with just four rounds completed but we're delighted with the performances of our two drivers so far and they're working well together. We're looking forward to Donington now in three weeks where we'll hope to be just as competitive."
Rounds five and six of the 2009 Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship are scheduled to take place three weeks from now, 16th/17th May, at Donington Park in Leicestershire.
Before then, Hillspeed's Formula Renault BARC Championship team will be in official testing action at Rockingham in Northamptonshire this Wednesday, 29th April. Further testing, involving both the BARC and UK squads, will take place at Croft in North Yorkshire the following week, 6th/7th May.