RETURN TO PODIUM FOR YELLOLY After a lengthy seven-week break in the calendar, Silverstone-based Atech Grand Prix made a successful return to UK racing action at Snetterton this weekend with Briton Nick Yelloly taking a podium finish in ...
RETURN TO PODIUM FOR YELLOLY
After a lengthy seven-week break in the calendar, Silverstone-based Atech Grand Prix made a successful return to UK racing action at Snetterton this weekend with Briton Nick Yelloly taking a podium finish in the opening race and sixth in race two. Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship leader Tamas Pal Kiss maintains his series lead after finishing fourth and seventh while Marlon Stockinger, winner last time out, took a top ten finish to add to his points tally.
Qualifying on Saturday saw Tamas the team's pace-setter, posting the third and sixth fastest times for the two races. Nick lined up fifth for race one, after being blocked on his flying lap, with Marlon completing the team's line-up, tenth fastest. In the second session however, a return to form for the rapid Swiss-Filipino saw him move up the order, lining up just behind his Hungarian team-mate and just ahead of Yelloly.
The weekend's opening race allowed Nick to make one of his customary lightening starts, surging past Harry Tincknell off the line and up into fourth. A rare mistake by Tamas on the opening lap at the Bomb Hole when he ran wide allowed Nick to seize the place and the final podium spot. Tamas came home in fourth place with Marlon moving up a place from his start position to finish ninth.
In the second race the trio all made good starts to maintain position and over the course of 15 laps enjoyed a nose-to-tail battle for sixth place. However this came to an end three laps from home when a hard-charging Marlon ran wide at Riches.
Tamas did well to avoid the same fate but Nick wasted no time in capitalising on the situation to pass them both and move up into sixth place. Tamas came home just behind in seventh but Marlon ended his strong drive in the field at turn one.
Team Principal David Hayle: "It was a strong performance by Nick this weekend and I'm really pleased to see him return to the podium after his performances in the Winterseries, and get the result he deserved. It's also good that Tamas continues to lead the championship although his advantage has been reduced slightly. While Marlon was pushing really hard all weekend so it's a shame he didn't get another top ten finish in race two to mirror that performance.
"Qualifying didn't go exactly to plan and that is an area we need to look at for the next rounds as we have the first of two home events and we'll all be determined to get a good result at Silverstone."
Rounds 13 and 14 of the 2010 Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship, together with the re-run round five from Brands Hatch, will take place on the Silverstone National circuit over the weekend of 21st/22nd August.
-source: atech gp