WILLIAMSON SECURES LIGHTS-TO-FLAG WIN IN RE-RUN ROUND FIVE Highlands racer Lewis Williamson (Golspie) took the honours in the re-run round five of the 2010 Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship at Silverstone National circuit on Saturday,...
WILLIAMSON SECURES LIGHTS-TO-FLAG WIN IN RE-RUN ROUND FIVE
Highlands racer Lewis Williamson (Golspie) took the honours in the re-run round five of the 2010 Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship at Silverstone National circuit on Saturday, 21st August.
The race was originally due to be run at Brands Hatch GP circuit but severe rain forced a postponement to the Northamptonshire venue, where the Manor Competition title challenger won from pole position on the grid.
Team-mate Will Stevens (Oxshott) secured second place in the dry race with CRS Racing's Harry Tincknell (Exeter) rounding off the podium honours. A career best sixth place for Fortec Motorsport's Alex Lynn (Dunmow) saw the 16-year-old, who picks up his GCSE results on Tuesday, take the Graduate Cup class win in the re-run round five which marked the beginning of only the series' second triple-header in its 21-year history.
In an unchanged grid from the original qualifying session, Williamson began the race as Michelin pole-sitter with Stevens completing an all Manor Competition front row. Hungarian Tama's Pa'l Kiss, racing for Atech GP, and Tincknell made up the second row for the 22-lap race.
As the lights went out, Williamson immediately went to his right to squeeze Stevens out ensuring the best run into the sweeping right-handed Copse. With Stevens in second, Tincknell quickly gained a place on the opening lap to lie in third and moving championship leader Pa'l Kiss into fourth.
With overtaking difficult around the 1.64-mile track, Tincknell tried hard to pass Stevens into Brooklands during the first lap with Pa'l Kiss also trying to follow suit. Neither was able to find a way past though and in the process they all allowed Williamson to develop a lead.
Williamson was quickly away leaving behind him a three-car train for second, third and fourth places. Just behind lay Manor Competition's Thomas Hylkema, who recently celebrated his 22nd birthday, working very hard to keep the Fortec Motorsport car of Tom Blomqvist (Saffron Walden) in his rear view mirrors. A lap later though the two came together through Luffield and although both drivers continued they were now at the back of the field.
This promoted Manor Competition's Ollie Millroy (Claygate) and Lynn into fifth and sixth places respectively with Lynn in particular looking strong. Fellow Graduate Cup racer Brazilian Fabio Gamberini was also on the pace in seventh spot in his Mark Burdett Motorsport run car.
Out in front, Williamson was clearly enjoying a clear track pulling out a lead of more than three seconds as the race progressed. There was also no change in the battle behind despite Stevens, Tincknell and Pa'l Kiss all running end-to-end.
At the other end of the field, Blomqvist was continuing to push despite being two laps down after his earlier spin, to pick up the NGK fastest lap honours together with a new lap record and two additional championship points. Back at the front Williamson never looked like putting a foot wrong and duly crossed the line to take the victory with Stevens in second, Tincknell in third and Pa'l Kiss in fourth. Lynn deservedly took the Graduate Cup class win finishing just behind Millroy who had made up an impressive seven places to round off the top five.
Commenting on his victory Williamson said: "I got an awesome start and knew I had a quick car which meant once I was away I could just get my head down and put in good, quick laps. Will had to defend from those behind him early on meaning I could stretch my lead and bring the car home for the win."
Second-place Stevens said: "Lewis' start meant I had to lift off the power into the first corner which allowed Harry and Tama's to close on me. I then had to defend rather than attack giving Lewis time to pull away."
Commenting on his race Tincknell said: "I got a good run early on to slip by Tama's but I couldn't find a way past Will and in the dirty air I knew overtaking him would be really hard."
Graduate Cup winner Alex Lynn added: "That was a really good race for me and although I was faster than Ollie, I never got close enough to mount a challenge."
-source: renault sport