CAR RACING ROOKIE REILLY TAKES DOUBLE POINTS FINISH ON DEBUT Formula Renault UK rookie Joseph Reilly made a solid start to his car racing career at Snetterton in Norfolk on Saturday, 31st October, with a brace of points scoring results for ...
CAR RACING ROOKIE REILLY TAKES DOUBLE POINTS FINISH ON DEBUT
Formula Renault UK rookie Joseph Reilly made a solid start to his car racing career at Snetterton in Norfolk on Saturday, 31st October, with a brace of points scoring results for Hillspeed during the opening two rounds of the four race Winter Championship.
Joining the Hathersage-based entrant a few weeks ago in readiness for his step-up from a glittering tenure in karting, the 17-year-old from Camden, London, enjoyed a good single-seater bow over the weekend and is now looking forward to next Saturday's event at Rockingham in Northamptonshire.
Running well in officially timed testing at Snetterton on Friday, 30th October, Reilly was faced with an altogether different challenge for qualifying on Saturday morning as the 1.95-mile track became saturated following persistent rainfall.
Providing a stern test for the European Rotax Max Karting Vice-Champion, he lined up at the rear of the grid for both encounters but came through well to not only reduce his lap times markedly as the day progressed but also race strongly with fellow kart graduate Robert Foster-Jones.
In round one -- which was abandoned and then re-started later in the day following a number of incidents -- Reilly piled on the pressure to 10th placed Foster-Jones as the race reached mid-distance but on lap 11 the battle dwindled when the Hillspeed youngster had to take avoiding action and lost vital time. Nonetheless, he finished in 12th place and posted the ninth best lap of 1m16.868 seconds.
The second race served up an improved 11th place finish for Reilly, finishing a mere 0.266 seconds behind experienced Formula Renault UK driver Marlon Stockinger, and combining both Snetterton results he is just four points shy of Foster-Jones in the championship.
Hillspeed team principal Richard Ollerenshaw commented: "This weekend has been a very tough learning curve for Joe but he's done a good, sensible job in the differing conditions throughout the course of testing, qualifying and the races. The aim was for him to leave Snetterton with two good finishes and valuable experience which is exactly what we've achieved."
The third and fourth rounds of the Formula Renault UK Winter Championship will take place on Saturday, 7th November, at Rockingham International Super Sports Car Circuit near Corby. Before then, Hillspeed will test at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit today, Monday, 2nd November, prior to arriving at Rockingham on Thursday, 5th November, for two back-to-back days of practice.