SIXTH FOR HITECH JUNIOR TEAM IN BRANDS FINALE The Hitech Junior Team rounded off the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship with sixth place and three top ten finishes at Brands Hatch at the weekend. Jordan Oakes, who took second place last...
SIXTH FOR HITECH JUNIOR TEAM IN BRANDS FINALE
The Hitech Junior Team rounded off the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship with sixth place and three top ten finishes at Brands Hatch at the weekend. Jordan Oakes, who took second place last time out at Rockingham, drove a storming second race in Kent to take sixth, while Tamas Pal Kiss and Nick Yelloly finished ninth and tenth in race one.
Hungarian Pal Kiss was the Silverstone team's pace setter in Friday's free practice, posting an impressive fourth quickest time in both sessions. The 18 year-old was unable to repeat that form in the crucial qualifying, leaving Yelloly to uphold honours with the eighth fastest time in the first session. Twenty year-old Oakes, looking to repeat his Rockingham performance, had a cam belt break on Friday cutting short his session, the Norwich driver leading the way in the second qualifying with the tenth fastest lap.
Race one got underway on Sunday morning and a superb start by Oakes allowed him to gain four places on the opening lap, crossing the line just behind Yelloly and Pal Kiss. For almost the entire race, the trio enjoyed a huge battle for ninth with Oakes finding a way past Pal Kiss on lap 11 and set about closing down the gap to Yelloly.
Entering Paddock Hill Bend however, Oakes ran wide into the gravel as he attempted a move on Yelloly, the result allowing Pal Kiss to retake the place. Oakes' hopes of a top ten finish ended a lap from home, when his front wing became detached entering Graham Hill Bend forcing him to run straight on at the left hander.
Yelloly and Pal kiss continued their battle onto the final lap when the Hungarian finally found a way past at the last corner. Swiss Filipino Marlon Stockinger struggled with a recurring engine problem in the race, dropping him down to 18th from an impressive seventh row grid position and which ultimately resulted in retirement from the day's second and final round later in the day.
Race two saw another superb getaway from Oakes, gaining two places off the line, while a stunning opening lap, with two brilliant passes, allowed him through to seventh at the completion of lap one. A lap later he'd found a way past Josh Scott for sixth which he held to the flag.
Further down the field, Pal Kiss drove another impressive race with a superb pass on Will Stevens for 11th. Over the closing laps, he closed the gap to Graduate Cup champion Harry Tincknell, looking for a way past on the final lap, but just missing out on the win at the flag, to take second, 11th overall and third in the Graduate Cup standings.
Yelloly's promise of ending the year with a Graduate Cup victory came to a finish when he ended his race in the pits with a puncture midway through, joining Stockinger in the list of retirements.
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