SUCCESSFUL RENAULT EUROCUP OUTING FOR ATECH GP Silverstone-based Atech Grand Prix made a one-off appearance in the latest rounds of the Formula Renault Eurocup at the Hungaroring this weekend, making the most of the seven-week break in its UK ...
SUCCESSFUL RENAULT EUROCUP OUTING FOR ATECH GP
Silverstone-based Atech Grand Prix made a one-off appearance in the latest rounds of the Formula Renault Eurocup at the Hungaroring this weekend, making the most of the seven-week break in its UK schedule. The outing offered the opportunity for the three driver line-up of Michelin Formula Renault UK series leader Tamas Pal Kiss, Marlon Stockinger, winner last time out, and rapid racer Nick Yelloly to go head-to-head with the cream of European junior racers.
For Pal Kiss, it also marked a return to his home circuit, the Hungarian eager to please the thousands of fans that flocked to the World Series by Renault event. However after a strong pace in testing where he was sixth and seventh in the two sessions, the 19 year-old was frustrated by an electrical problem in qualifying that meant he could only secure one lap to put him 21st.
Swiss-Filipino Stockinger was left to fly the flag for the team, the youngster who had a storming last event in the domestic series, claiming first and third from the two races, improving on his testing pace to post the seventh fastest time for race one. Yelloly was quickly on the pace in Friday's test, the Briton 11th of the 27 runners, and qualified 12th for race one.
In the opening race, it was again Stockinger who made the best of his grid slot, the 19 year-old gaining two places from his start position to cross the line fifth and with the third fastest race lap. There was further disappointment for Pal Kiss, the electrical problem that had thwarted his qualifying, returning in the race, causing his retirement on the opening lap.
For Yelloly too, the first race proved frustrating after the starter motor failed on the green flag lap, forcing the youngster to start from the pit lane. Despite that handicap, the teenager once again drove a stirring race, his pace and overtaking moves gaining him 11 places to finish 14th
With a drivers' second fastest lap in qualifying determining the grid for race two, it was Nick who led the way time wise with the 13th fastest time to lead the trio. Following an infringement in race one however; where he was the victim of an incident with another driver, he was later penalised four grid slots.
Marlon lined up in 14th place, ahead of Nick in 17th while for Tamas, his lack of a second lap in qualifying meant he would start on the back row.
Stockinger once again made a good start and steady progress through the field, clawing his way back through the field to finish eighth, the youngster delighted with his weekend's results. Yelloly too made another superb start to the 15 lap-race, although he was frustrated to have been penalised four grid places from his 13th after his customary charge gaining him six places from his start position and very nearly into the top ten, crossing the line 11th.
But in front of his home crowd, all eyes were on Pal Kiss. Starting from 26th on the grid, Tamas was in fighting form as he scythed his way through the pack, making up 17 places from his grid slot to take ninth place and fastest lap along the way.
Team principal David Hayle was pleased with his team's overall performance over the weekend: "It was very much a weekend of mixed fortunes for us. Tamas showed great pace in both test sessions but suffered the electrical problem in qualifying which went on to affect both his races in different ways. His fight through the field in race two was fantastic, and showed tremendous pace.
"Marlon once again had two very strong races from a great start position and again showed great race pace. Nick was very unlucky with his starter motor failing but drove exceptionally well, particularly in the opening race, starting from the pit lane and moving through the field with some great moves."
The trio will return to the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship with three races at Snetterton, one replacing the rain-aborted race from Brands Hatch, over the weekend of 7/8 August.
-source: atech gp