MORE POINTS FOR HITECH JUNIOR AT THRUXTON Hitech Junior continued to rack up the points in the latest rounds of the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship at Thruxton this weekend. The Silverstone-based team in its first season in the BTCC ...
MORE POINTS FOR HITECH JUNIOR AT THRUXTON
Hitech Junior continued to rack up the points in the latest rounds of the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship at Thruxton this weekend. The Silverstone-based team in its first season in the BTCC support series took its first podium finish last time out and headed to the ultra-fast Hampshire track hoping for a repeat performance.
However, Saturday's qualifying proved slightly disappointing for the fledgling outfit. A combination of tricky track conditions and a relative lack of experience within the young line-up prevented it from repeating the superb performance of the opening rounds that had seen Jordan Oakes start from the front row. Despite a lowly grid position though, the Hopton on Sea teenager drove superbly in both 19-lap races fighting back from 16th to eighth in Saturday's opening event.
On Sunday the youngster enjoyed a race-long battle for position with some stirring overtaking manoeuvres to move through the field from 13th to sixth at the flag. With his third place last time out, his results from the weekend put him eighth in the championship standings.
Rapid Hungarian Tamas Pal Kiss continued an impressive debut season racing in the UK, the runner up in the domestic series enjoying a superb run in an action-packed second race. The teenager displayed superb maturity and car control to take 12th overall and fourth in the graduate cup, following a non-finish on Saturday.
Former FBMW Scholarship winner Marlon Stockinger suffered a frustrating opening round, after a relay on the master switch failed at the start putting him out on the spot. The Swiss-Fillipino recovered from the setback to have a trouble-free second race in which he moved through the field to finish 18th.
Briton Nick Yellolly drove a good first race to get to the flag unscathed but in race two was forced out before the completion of lap one. A collision with another car at the start broke his steering column and saw his bid to move up the order ended.
For team principal David Hayle the weekend was a combination of highs and lows following a superb opening round that netted it a debut podium finish first time out. "It was a good result for Jordan to fight back from his qualifying positions turning them into two top eight finishes and he continues to build up his points haul. Tamas was particularly impressive this weekend. After a strong second qualifying, he bounced back from his race one crash and had a fantastic second race in which he was battling hard with some very experienced drivers and was right in the battle for a top ten finish.
"Both Marlon and Nick suffered in one of their races but continue to learn and gain experience and are improving all the time. I'm sure we can take that into the next rounds of the championship where we'll be looking for a return to the podium."
The team will return to racing action in the next rounds of the championship which take place at Donington Park over the weekend of May 16/17.