THREE TOP SIX FINISHES AT HOME Atech Grand Prix scored three top six places at Silverstone this weekend, when the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship supported the World Series by Renault round at the British Grand Prix venue. In front ...
THREE TOP SIX FINISHES AT HOME
Atech Grand Prix scored three top six places at Silverstone this weekend, when the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship supported the World Series by Renault round at the British Grand Prix venue. In front of 75,000 people, series leader Tamas Kiss finished sixth in the opening race on Sunday just ahead of Nick Yelloly, while in race two Yelloly took fourth and Marlon Stockinger finished sixth.
Pre-race testing kicked off well for the team with Kiss second and third fastest in the two free practice sessions on Friday and both Yelloly and Stockinger among the top ten. In Saturday's only qualifying in which a driver's fastest and second fastest laps determined their grid positions for the two 12 lap races, it was Yelloly who led the team's charge with the fourth and third fastest times in the session.
Stockinger was next up securing eighth and fifth fastest times but there was disappointment for Kiss who was struggling with an engine problem, which lost him a second a lap and consequently wound up 12th fastest for the two races.
Overnight rain at the Northamptonshire track meant the circuit was damp for the 9am start on Sunday. Starting on the wetter part of the track, Yelloly was unable to make one of his fast starts, the 19 year-old losing a place off the line. Behind, Kiss and Stockinger both made a storming getaway to make up a place on the opening lap.
Stockinger's early promise however was ended seven laps into the race when an electrical problem forced him into retirement, while running in a comfortable seventh place. Yelloly continued to hold fifth for ten of the 12 laps, while Kiss was on a charge, moving steadily through the field and up into seventh by lap ten.
With two laps to go, Kiss made a move for sixth, moving past his team-mate who followed him across the line in seventh. The move allowed Kiss to maintain the lead in the series, albeit now joint with Tom Blomqvist who finished the race second.
Heading into the final race of the day, Yelloly lined up third ahead of Stockinger in fifth and Kiss in 12th and made a great start to hold position into the first corner. Stockinger followed through to fifth, before dropping to sixth when passed by Will Stevens. But, he was able to hang onto the six-car battle for fourth place.
But there was disappointment for Kiss as a first lap collision damaged his suspension, forcing instant retirement, and costing him the championship lead. Meanwhile Yelloly's strong drive in third place ended when he ran wide at Farm, losing him two places, however the recovered to continue the battle for fourth place.
For the remaining laps, the six cars scrapped over the place and on lap ten both Yelloly and Stockinger made almost identical moves in a synchronised overtaking manouvre that saw Yelloly pass Will Stevens and Stockinger pass Ollie Millroy, to cross the line fourth and sixth.
The team makes its final UK appearance of the season in the last two rounds at the Brands Hatch circuit in Kent over the weekend of 9/10 October.
-source: atech gp