EVENTFUL WEEKEND FOR HITECH JUNIOR AT CROFT The Hitech Junior Team was back in action for the latest rounds of the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship at Croft in North Yorkshire at the weekend. The Silverstone-based team was among the ...
EVENTFUL WEEKEND FOR HITECH JUNIOR AT CROFT
The Hitech Junior Team was back in action for the latest rounds of the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship at Croft in North Yorkshire at the weekend. The Silverstone-based team was among the pacesetters in Friday's free practice with Jordan Oakes leading the way but all five drivers were to suffer from a variety of collisions in a dramatic, action-packed weekend.
In first qualifying it was Oakes again who upheld team honours, setting the tenth fastest lap in the first session. The 20 year-old was the unfortunate victim of an incident on the opening lap of second qualifying which damaged his suspension and ended his session.
That left Tamas Pal Kiss as the quickest of the team's quintet, the Hungarian Formula Renault Vice-Champion racing in his first season in the UK and steadily improving over the course of the year.
In the opening race held on Saturday afternoon, Oakes made one of his flying starts but was unfortunately involved in a collision with another car which ended his race on the opening lap. Two laps in and Hitech-assisted Ollie Hancock was forced to retire with a broken front wing after electing to save his tyres for race two.
There was further drama for the team when former FBMW Scholarship winner Swiss-Filipino Marlon Stockinger suffered damage to the front of his car, requiring a visit to the pits for replacement. He retired two laps later, the damage sustained ending his race too.
On track, Pal Kiss was enjoying a steady drive through the field from 21st to 12th leading a four-car train and closing on 11th at the flag. Briton Nick Yelloly also improved on his grid position, and after being temporarily held up by a slower car, proceeded to pull away once he'd passed him to finish 17th.
In race two good starts by Pal Kiss and Hancock had them nose to tail in 12th and 13th by the end of the first lap while a stunning getaway by Oakes saw him cross the line 21st with Yelloly in 22nd. The unfortunate Stockinger was again forced into the pits for a replacement front wing damaged on the opening lap although he rejoined a lap down.
Hancock had an uneventful second race to come home in 12th place, some consolation after his non-finish in round one. Oakes' charge was temporarily slowed by another car, which allowed the pack behind to close up, but once he'd found a way past, Jordan pulled away and went on to finish 14th.
Yelloly continued to make steady progress in the 15-lapper and improved from his grid position to finish 16th. However Pal Kiss, up to 12th at one point fell victim to a collision with another driver, which spun him down the order although he recovered to finish 18th. After rejoining with a new front wing, Stockinger fought back bravely and closed down the gap to the tail enders to get to the finish, albeit a lap down.
The team returns to racing action at its home circuit of Silverstone supporting the World Series by Renault Championship over the weekend of 4/5 July.