YELLOLY TAKES RUNNER-UP SPOT - MAIDEN PODIUM FOR STOCKINGER The Hitech Junior Team continued its run of success with two podiums for Nick Yelloly and Marlon Stockinger in the final rounds of the 2009 Michelin Formula Renault UK Winter Cup at ...
YELLOLY TAKES RUNNER-UP SPOT - MAIDEN PODIUM FOR STOCKINGER
The Hitech Junior Team continued its run of success with two podiums for Nick Yelloly and Marlon Stockinger in the final rounds of the 2009 Michelin Formula Renault UK Winter Cup at Rockingham on Saturday. Yelloly's results, coupled with those from Snetterton, makes him runner-up in the series, while for Stockinger, a maiden podium finish elevated him to fifth overall.
Another strong pace in pre-event testing saw the two 18 year-olds consistently among the pace-setters, Swiss Filipino Stockinger topping the times in the second of three sessions on Friday. In Saturday morning's qualifying session which would decide the grid for the two races, based on first and second quickest lap times, the pair each posted the third and fourth quickest times to give them a row two start for both rounds.
After the dramas of Snetterton last time out, in which heavy rain greeted the drivers, it was a cold but sunny start to the proceedings which kicked off the first of two races. A superb start from Stockinger saw him surge into the lead at the first corner after a poor getaway from pole-man Harry Tincknell.
Yelloly too made the most of Tincknell's mistake to follow Stockinger through, but as the pack entered the first left hand hairpin, it was front-row starter Tom Blomqvist who exited in the lead with Marlon second ahead of Nick. As the field entered the next hairpin, Tincknell found a way past Nick, but just moments later the safety car was deployed to retrieve a stranded car.
At the restart Nick briefly lost a place to Thomas Hylkema but wasted no time in retaking the position the next lap and began to close down the gap to third-placed Tincknell. Up at the front, Stockinger was driving a mature and steady race, his lap times consistently among the quickest and matching those of his team-mate.
The pair eventually finished second and fourth, marking Marlon's maiden podium finish and increasing Yelloly's chances of securing second in the overall standings.
Race two kicked off later that day and another great start from both the Hitech drivers saw them jostling for second place at the first corner. At the end of the lap however Nick was third and Marlon fourth before a safety car, and later a red flag after five laps, signalled the premature end of the race.
At the restart to be held over seven laps, the positions remained unchanged off the line, but after briefly being passed by Hylkema, Stockinger quickly retook fourth and followed his team-mate Yelloly home in third to the team's second podium finish of the day.
At the conclusion of the four-round Michelin Formula Renault UK Winter Cup series, Nick finished second to take the runner-up spot with Marlon in fifth, just seven points away from third place.