BFREN: Donington Park: Patrick Long finale summary

A dazzler at Donington Park: long rockets through field for podium. HARROLD, Bedfordshire, UK - American Patrick Long made his season finale in the Formula Renault UK Championship (Round 13) a memorable one Sunday, rocketing through the field...

A dazzler at Donington Park: long rockets through field for podium.

HARROLD, Bedfordshire, UK - American Patrick Long made his season finale in the Formula Renault UK Championship (Round 13) a memorable one Sunday, rocketing through the field from 8th on the grid to score an impressive 3rd place result. Long put in a strong drive on Saturday, too, (Round 12) when he hustled his Fortec Motorsport-prepped machine from 10th up to 6th.

For the year, Long finished his first year in Formula Renault with five Top Five finishes, including one pole position and one flag-to-flag victory (Snetterton). He also scored two 6th place results.

At Donington, Long struggled with set up and traffic in qualifying, woes that left him only 10th on the grid for Saturday's race, and 8th for Sunday's. In both races Long drove brilliantly, making aggressive passes, banging wheels and showing the race craft that has become his signature. On Saturday, he made nine separate passes to eventually place sixth. On Sunday, he blew by four cars to reach the podium's final step.

"I was disappointed in qualifying but knew I had the car to go forward in the races," Long explained. "I think we surprised a lot of people because you don't see that much passing in Formula Renault with the aerodynamics. It was important for me to finish up the season strong and gain momentum for next year, no matter what series I compete in."

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Result: Round 12, Formula Renault UK Championship, Donington Park
Distance: 11 laps Weather/Track: Sunny/dry

Pos/Driver (NAT) Entrant
1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Manor Motorsport
2. Danny Watts (GBR) Fortec Motorsport
3. Robert Bell (GBR) Motaworld Racing
4. Jamie Green (GBR) Fortec Motorsport
5. Will Davison (AUS) Motaworld Racing
6. Patrick Long (USA) Fortec Motorsport

Result: Round 13, Formula Renault UK Championship, Donington Park
Distance: 11 laps Weather/Track: Cloudy/dry

Pos/Driver (NAT) Entrant
1. Danny Watts (GBR) Fortec Motorsport
2. Ryan Sharp (GBR) John Village Automotive
3. Patrick Long (USA) Fortec Motorsport
4. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Manor Motorsport
5. Jamie Green (GBR) Fortec Motorsport

-plr-

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Lewis Hamilton , Patrick Long , Will Davison , Ryan Sharp , Jamie Green , Danny Watts