MISSION ACCOMPLISHED FOR THOMAS HYLKEMA AT CROFT! Two quick qualifying times in the 2008 British Formula Renault 2.0 championship meant Tomas Hylkema found himself in a nice thirteenth and sixteenth place at Croft. With this result the ...
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED FOR THOMAS HYLKEMA AT CROFT!
Two quick qualifying times in the 2008 British Formula Renault 2.0 championship meant Tomas Hylkema found himself in a nice thirteenth and sixteenth place at Croft. With this result the Dutchman showed that his pace, in what is one of the leading European Formula Renault 2.0 series, is completely back on track. In the first (and only) race of the weekend the Dutchman was able to continue this trend with fast lap times, but due to a spin in the final stages of the race he dropped down the order to a place at the back of the field. He eventually managed to finish the race in seventeenth place. Due to heavy rain the second and final race was cancelled on safety grounds.
FREE PRACTICE + QUALIFYING:
In the first free practice session Hylkema got used to the track in a record time and he used the session to run-in his new brake pads. With an old set of tyres he was able to increase the pace immediately and he got close to the quickest time set during the two-day test at Croft. It took him to eighteenth place. In the final practice session the 19-year old driver went out again with a better, but still old, set of tyres and found the right rhythm again. With a lap time of 1:18.7 he was only seven tenths of a second slower than the fastest driver on track. He then had new tyres being mounted to his car. With a time of 1:18 Hylkema secured a decent thirteenth place. Full of confidence he went into the qualifying session.
With new tyres Hylkema upped the pace in the first qualifying session. He immediately set a 1:18.399, which once more meant he was in thirteenth place. In the afternoon the second qualifying session took place. The Mark Burdett Motorsport driver was able to take off half a second of his lap time and ended the session in sixteenth place. With these results Hylkema showed he felt more confident during the weekend in a field of 20 young British Formula Renault 2.0 drivers. And he always beat his team mate Blomstedt.
In the single race of the weekend Hylkema had a great start on Sunday afternoon. In the turmoil after the start Hylkema gained a position, but shortly afterwards he had to allow another driver to pass him. As Ryuji Yamamoto and Henry Surtees collided, Hylkema had to make evasive actions and it was Joshua Scott who managed to pass him. Not much later Hylkema hit the wet part of the track and spun off the track. Hylkema got back on track in last position. Fortunately for him the safety car came out, making it easier for him to close the gap to the driver ahead. After a good restart he was able to overtake Tom Mun and Kieren Clark and he closed the gap to Rossi. The Worswick Engineering driver had to give in and Hylkema gained another position. Hylkema was on the move and quickly caught the drivers in front of him. Towards 'Tower Bend' he braked a bit too late however and one of his wheels got on the damp part of the circuit, which resulted in a spin. For the second time Hylkema was at the back end of the field. He took no further risks and tried to finish the race. After an exciting race he crossed the line in seventeenth place.
THOMAS HYLKEMA: "The pace is there again and that is my biggest win this weekend. After a decent free practice I was able to continue this result in qualifying. Our target for this weekend was reached by then. In the race I was also able to get to the front quite well, but I spun off the track twice, so I had to start all over again. The disappointment after the race was huge, as I could have gone for a top ten finish. I am looking forward to the races next week at Silverstone during the World Series by Renault. I hope to continue this trend there."