PA'L KISS SHINES AT SILVERSTONE GP TEST All eyes were once again on Atech GP's Tama's Pa'l Kiss as the Hungarian racer posted the fastest time during official in-season testing for the 2010 Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship ...
PA'L KISS SHINES AT SILVERSTONE GP TEST
All eyes were once again on Atech GP's Tama's Pa'l Kiss as the Hungarian racer posted the fastest time during official in-season testing for the 2010 Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship at Silverstone's new Grand Prix circuit on Monday, 17th May.
The current championship leader took little time to get to grips with the new 3.6605-mile layout heading the timesheets with a 1min 59.873s (109.93mph average) - the only driver to dip below the two minute mark.
Fortec Motorsport's Tom Blomqvist (Saffron Walden), son of rally legend Stig, went second quickest for the test session with the 16-year-old just a fraction (0.192s) off the Hungarian's pace. Third spot went to another Atech GP driver with 19-year-old Filipino Marlon Stockinger.
Sunny conditions greeted drivers for the first of four sessions during the day enabling the field to learn the new Silverstone layout ahead of rounds 17 and 18 of the series which take place there as part of World Series by Renault (18th/19th September).
Manor Competition's Lewis Williamson (Golspie), 20, made the early inroads during the day's opening 50-minute session lapping in the high 2mins 02s. Williamson was closely followed by Fortec Motorsport's Ollie Millroy (Claygate) and 18-year-old Pa'l Kiss who turns 19 tomorrow (Wednesday). CRS Racing's Harry Tincknell (Exeter) posted the fourth best time although the 18-year-old later struggled for pace.
Pa'l Kiss led the way in the second session followed by Blomqvist who was looking quick in his Fortec Motorsport run car. Williamson and team-mate Stevens (Oxshott) also posted strong times for the session as did Millroy and David McDonald (Ewell) who once again choose to test with Fortec Motorsport.
After the lunch break it was Richard Singleton (Llanfairfechan) racing for Ian Barnwell's Team Firstair who went to the top of the timesheets for the third session. Singleton, who had chosen to switch to McDonald's old car for the test, was also the first driver to lap in the two-minute mark. The session continued to surprise this time with Alice Powell (Chipping Norton), who recently became the first female driver to win a Formula Renault race, posting the fifth best time in her Manor Competition run car.
The final session of the day belonged to Pa'l Kiss who needed just five laps and a new set of tyres to set the best time of the day. Blomqvist and Stockinger went second and third quickest for the session with Williamson in fourth and Singleton once again impressing with fifth. Fortec Motorsport's Alex Lynn (Dunmow) went sixth quickest for the session and for the day, continuing a run of good form for the 16-year-old. CRS Racing's Robert Foster-Jones (Southend on Sea) finished seventh overall while his title-hopeful team-mate Tincknell could only manage 13th.
Commenting on his performance Pa'l Kiss said: "At first I didn't take to the new section but as the session went on my confidence grew and now I'm very impressed with the new layout. Towards the end I got into a good rhythm and although we only had new tyres on for five laps it was enough to get the fastest time which is a credit to the team. I'm beginning to feel confident about the championship title now especially as all my school work is finished meaning I can focus entirely on my racing."
Rounds seven and eight of the 2010 Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship take place at Oulton Park on 5th/6th June.
-source: renault sport uk