ATECH CLINCHES DOUBLE PODIUM AT HOME Atech Grand Prix clinched second and third places in round 13 of the 2010 Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship at Silverstone on Sunday and maintains its lead in the series. Briton Nick Yelloly took a ...
ATECH CLINCHES DOUBLE PODIUM AT HOME
Atech Grand Prix clinched second and third places in round 13 of the 2010 Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship at Silverstone on Sunday and maintains its lead in the series. Briton Nick Yelloly took a second podium of the year with the runner-up spot just ahead of series leader Tamas Kiss while Marlon Stockinger underlined his improving pace with a superb pole position, which was later converted to fifth.
The weekend kicked off with the re-run of round five from Brands Hatch, which was abandoned due to heavy flooding. The grid lined up in their original slots which had Kiss start from the second row with Yelloly lining up eighth and Stockinger ninth.
At the lights the trio all made good starts to hold position but Kiss's main series rivals were up ahead and looking to close down his advantage at the head of the points table. A solid drive by Kiss though allowed him to take fourth place at the flag but he saw his lead narrowed to just one point.
Behind him, Stockinger and Yelloly had fairly uneventful runs to the finish netting 10th and 11th places respectively to keep them in the top eight in the series.
For Sunday's round 13 also held over 22 laps, Stockinger had qualified on pole, his second of the year and at the lights made the perfect getaway to take an immediate lead into the first corner.
A fast starting Yelloly got the jump on two cars at the lights and was up into third with series leader Kiss maintaining his grid slot in seventh. Stockinger's lead was short-lived however, when the second-placed driver forced a way through on the opening lap just as the safety car was deployed when two cars collided.
At the restart, Yelloly made his move to take his team-mate, surging ahead and into second place. Stockinger fought back though and for several corners the pair ran side-by-side, with Yelloly eventually making the place his. Behind, a hard charging performance by Kiss, allowed him to move up through the order and pass Stockinger for fourth.
A string of fastest laps by Yelloly underlined his pace over the course of the extended 25-lap race and allowed him to close down the gap to the leader and make several attempts to wrest the lead. This allowed the third placed driver to close up and take Kiss with him.
The Hungarian soon disposed of third to move into the final podium spot while ahead, Yelloly saw his second place stolen as he was attempting to take the lead. Four laps from home however, Yelloly again made a move to take the place back, diving up the inside with a daring move, which resulted in slight contact between the two. Yelloly won the place though and took Kiss with him, the pair taking second and third at the flag, while Stockinger came home fifth.
Sunday's final race proved disappointing for Yelloly, the Solihull driver being forced out of fifth place when he was hit by another car and tipped into a spin, dropping him down the order. A storming drive however saw the 18 year-old once again post the fastest lap and then enjoy a four-car battle for tenth place, eventually finishing 13th.
Stockinger's race was also effectively ended when he was forced to pit for a drive-through penalty for creeping forward on the grid at the start and crossed the line 15th.
Up ahead though there were no such problems for Kiss who made a perfect start from eighth on the grid to get into fifth on lap one. By lap five he was right on the tail of the fourth placed driver but was unable to make a move to take the place. His fifth place puts him 11 points ahead of Lewis Williamson, who has moved ahead of Will Stevens in the title hunt.
The Atech Grand Prix team returns to racing action in two weeks time at Knockhill in Scotland over the weekend of 4/5 September.
-source: atech gp