YELLOLY WINS GRADUATE CUP FOR HITECH JUNIOR TEAM Hitech Junior Team's Nick Yelloly won the Graduate Cup in the first of two Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship races at Snetterton on Sunday. The 19 year-old started from seventh on the grid,...
YELLOLY WINS GRADUATE CUP FOR HITECH JUNIOR TEAM
Hitech Junior Team's Nick Yelloly won the Graduate Cup in the first of two Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship races at Snetterton on Sunday. The 19 year-old started from seventh on the grid, his best qualifying of the season and drove a mature race to finish seventh overall at the end of 18 laps.
Jordan Oakes had his charge through the field, from an uncharacteristically low 12th place grid slot, slowed by a collision on the opening lap which damaged his front wing. Two laps later, his hopes of moving any further forward were dashed when Harry Tincknell chopped across the front of him as Jordan attempted to pass.
The move pitched Oakes into a spin and pushed him down to the back of the field. Despite that, the 20 year-old recovered well to cross the line 14th.
Swiss-Filipino Marlon Stockinger had an uneventful run into 18th place after recovering from a spin at the Bombhole at the mid-way point. Overnight rain had ensured the run off areas were soaked and the former Formula BMW Scholarship winner was one of many drivers caught out by running wide onto the damp line.
Tamas Pal Kiss ended his race in the pits after an excursion onto the grass two laps from home, in similar conditions, which bent a rear push-rod. The Hungarian Formula Renault vice-champion had been running in 18th position and improving his pace throughout the race.
Race two proved even more eventful for Oakes. A first lap incident which started with Lewis Williamson running wide and into the path of the pack saw Oakes an unfortunate victim. The Norfolk driver tried desperately to avoid the inevitable collision but it resulted in him launching over the top of both Williamson and Hylkema and forcing the safety car. After pitting for a replacement nosecone, Jordan resumed the race, albeit a lap down, finishing 19th.
Up at the front, Yelloly was continuing an impressive turn of speed with a steady drive which ultimately netted him tenth place in the race, cut short three laps early following another 2-car incident on lap 18.
Stockinger too continued to improve over the course of the weekend, his race pace once again proving his potential in his first season racing in the UK and in Formula Renault. The 18 year-old brought his car home just outside the top ten, making up seven places from his start position.
Pal Kiss followed him home in 14th with another consistent performance throughout the weekend. The 18 year-old, in his first season racing in England, also improved on his grid position by seven places.
The team now enjoys a month's break prior to the next rounds of the championship, a return to its home circuit of Silverstone over the weekend of 29/30 August.
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