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Silverstone: Atech CRS event summary

TOP TEN FINISH FOR ATECH CRS GP AT SILVERSTONE After a successful double podium result last time out, Atech CRS Grand Prix headed into its home event at Silverstone full of confidence. The event started off well for the locally based team, with...

TOP TEN FINISH FOR ATECH CRS GP AT SILVERSTONE

After a successful double podium result last time out, Atech CRS Grand Prix headed into its home event at Silverstone full of confidence. The event started off well for the locally based team, with Briton Oli Oakes fifth quickest around the Northamptonshire Grand Prix circuit in testing on Friday.

However, the team was frustrated by a lack of pace in official qualifying, resulting in Oakes winding up 15th fastest for race one. Meanwhile, his Spanish team-mate, Roberto Merhi was 24th with Italian teenager Vittorio Ghirelli 27th. Saturday afternoon's opening race proved a disaster for Merhi, especially after his debut appearance at the previous round netted him second and third place.

On lap three the youngster was forced into retirement with a holed radiator although both Oakes and Ghirelli fought back from their grid positions and improved through the field to finish 13th and 20th respectively.

Oakes was still suffering from a fractured wrist he sustained in the first-corner accident at the previous round and the injury was still causing the 21 year-old problems around the fast sweeping circuit. With the grid for race two determined by finishing positions from race one, Oli lined up 13th while for 16 year-old Ghirelli, a seven place gain put him on the tenth row, with Merhi on the back row.

In Sunday morning's race two, a strong drive through the field netted Oakes ninth place while both Merhi and Ghirelli also improved from their grid positions to finish 19th and 21st.

"It was a frustrating weekend for us on our home circuit," said David Hayle, Team Principal. "After the weekend we had in Spain, we were confident of a good result here and in testing things were looking good for Oli, despite the fact that he had a fractured wrist. Unfortunately in qualifying we couldn't match the pace of testing and it ended up rather disappointing for all of them.

"However once again they all drove exceptionally well in difficult conditions but unfortunately it's all about qualifying and getting a good result in race one. We need to look ahead to the next rounds and work on that aspect as we head to the second half of the season."

-source: atech

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Series GP3
Drivers Roberto Merhi , Vittorio Ghirelli