PODIUM IN SCOTLAND MAINTAINS KISS'S SERIES LEAD Atech Grand Prix's Tamas Kiss scored a hard-fought second place at Knockhill today, together with sixth place in race one, to maintain his lead in the 2010 Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship.
PODIUM IN SCOTLAND MAINTAINS KISS'S SERIES LEAD
Atech Grand Prix's Tamas Kiss scored a hard-fought second place at Knockhill today, together with sixth place in race one, to maintain his lead in the 2010 Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship. His team-mates Nick Yelloly and Marlon Stockinger also continued their impressive run of top places with fifth and seventh in race one, and followed that with two more top ten finishes in race two to maintain seventh and eighth in the standings.
Qualifying kicked off on Saturday and left the trio disappointed with their pace, with Kiss also admitting to a small mistake which cost him valuable time. As the field lined up for race one, it was Yelloly leading the way on row four, just ahead of Hungarian Kiss with Stockinger, lining up 11th.
At the start a superb getaway by Yelloly moved him up to seventh at the first corner while Kiss was demoted to ninth and Stockinger held 11th. Yelloly was briefly pushed down to eighth until a collision on lap three eliminated two cars and moved the trio back up the order.
On lap five the safety car was deployed allowing the field to bunch up with Yelloly in fifth just ahead of Kiss and Stockinger in seventh. At the restart on lap 10, the trio held station and for the remaining 15 laps Yelloly and Kiss enjoyed a close battle for fifth place, the Birmingham teenager just getting the verdict at the flag. Swiss-Filipino Stockinger came home seventh, after gaining four places from his start position.
Race two saw Kiss line up third with Stockinger in seventh and Yelloly 11th. At the lights Kiss made a good start closing down race leader Tom Blomqvist before making an excellent pass into turn one, while Stockinger and Yelloly had both moved up two places.
Another safety car period on lap three bunched up the pack and allowed Kiss to make a move for the lead. His attempt though instead allowed Ollie Millroy ahead but another great move by Kiss saw him regain the position, while behind Yelloly and Stockinger were in the midst of a four-car battle for eighth place.
The safety car was deployed once again eight laps from home ensuring the field held position and with the race resuming three laps from the finish it was a mad sprint to the flag with Kiss following home the race leader in second place, with Stockinger eighth just ahead of Yelloly.
The Atech Grand Prix team returns to racing action in two weeks time at its home circuit of Silverstone for the penultimate event, supporting the World Series by Renault on 18/19 September.
-source: atech gp