UK: Hitech Junior Rockingham summary

HITECH JUNIOR TEAM SECURES PODIUM AT ROCKINGHAM Hitech Junior Team's Jordan Oakes made a welcome return to the podium after a superb drive in the second of two Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship races at Rockingham this weekend. The 20...

HITECH JUNIOR TEAM SECURES PODIUM AT ROCKINGHAM

Hitech Junior Team's Jordan Oakes made a welcome return to the podium after a superb drive in the second of two Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship races at Rockingham this weekend. The 20 year-old started from third place and slotted into second at the first corner, which he held to the flag to take his best finish of the year.

Hungarian Tamas Pal Kiss produced a stirring drive in the weekend's opening race, the 18 year-old moving up from 20th place on the grid to finish ninth and third place in the Graduate Cup. The teenager was unable to repeat the feat in the second; however a good performance netted him 14th at the flag.

Nick Yelloly underlined his potential once again with a strong drive in the second race, to take a hard-fought and well earned tenth place and third in the Graduate Cup. A superb start allowed him to make up places in the opening stages of the race and a fantastic move on Michael Lyons three laps from home, gave the 18 year-old tenth at the finish.

His result was consolation for being eliminated from the first race in a multi-car incident which damaged the rear of his car and sent him into the pits and retirement.

For Marlon Stockinger the weekend proved trying with a recurring problem with his engine which had him finish the first race in the pits. After overnight work, the 18 year-old Swiss Filipino was looking for a good finish to his weekend however a broken gear linkage sent him into the pits for repairs, the former FBMW Scholarship winner making the most of a three-lap safety car period to stop. A sterling drive allowed him to make up ground, and a couple of good overtaking moves over the remaining laps netted him 16th.

Team Principal David Hayle was pleased with the performance of all the drivers as the season nears the finish: "Jordan drove exceptionally well in race two to take a well-deserved second place which I hope will set him up for a solid end to the season at Brands.

"Nick has really come on well over the last few races and his drive in race two showed some true pace which I'm sure he'll continue to produce. Likewise Tamas was equally impressive in race one, moving up from 20th to ninth with some good overtaking manoeuvres.

"Marlon was very unlucky this weekend. He had a good run in free practice but had a niggling electrical problem over the course of the weekend, which we managed to fix but then the gear linkage broke. Without that, I'm sure he would have been much higher up the grid and able to reproduce the form of which we know he is capable."

The British Touring Car Championship support series will resume with the final two rounds on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit in two weeks time over the weekend of 3/4 October.

-credit: htjr

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers David Hayle , Marlon Stockinger , Michael Lyons , Nick Yelloly , Tamas Pal Kiss