Monday 9 November 2009: Solihull's Nick Yelloly has become the vice-champion in the 2009 Michelin Formula Renault UK Winter Cup Series at Rockingham this weekend. The 18 year-old, driving for the Silverstone-based Hitech Junior Team, added a...
Monday 9 November 2009: Solihull's Nick Yelloly has become the vice-champion in the 2009 Michelin Formula Renault UK Winter Cup Series at Rockingham this weekend. The 18 year-old, driving for the Silverstone-based Hitech Junior Team, added a podium finish and fourth place to his results from Snetterton last time out, to finish runner-up in the four-race series.
"I'm really happy to have got second in the Winter Cup, I wasn't expecting it after the season we'd had so to finish right up there with two podiums and two additional top six positions from four rounds is pretty good," said Nick. "It sets us up well for next season and I should start as one of the favourites for the main championship."
Nick was once again among the pace-setters in Friday's test sessions ahead of the final two rounds of the series. In Saturday morning's qualifying session, which would determine the grid for both rounds, the Montpelier Group-backed driver posted the third and fourth quickest times to give him a second row start for the two races.
Race one, scheduled for 15 laps, got underway at lunchtime on Saturday and a poor getaway from pole-sitter Harry Tincknell allowed Nick to get the jump, surging ahead and following his team-mate Marlon Stockinger past. As the pack filed into the hairpin, Nick lost third to Tincknell but minutes later the safety car was deployed following an incident.
After two laps the race restarted and Nick briefly lost a place to Thomas Hylkema. However the Briton was in no mood to relinquish a potential podium finish and retook the place at the hairpin, before closing down the gap to third-placed Tincknell. Over the closing laps, Nick's rapid race pace also earned him the second fastest lap of the race.
Race two kicked off later that afternoon and saw Nick line up fourth. At the lights he got the jump on his team-mate Stockinger, to slot into third place at the end of the opening lap. However the race was short-lived after a collision brought out the safety car and later, the red flag, bringing the scheduled 15 lap race to a premature finish.
The race was restarted after a brief delay and held over seven laps with the grid being taken from the finishing positions from the first half of the race. Off the line, Nick made another good start to maintain third and over the course of the race, he pushed Tincknell ahead, his second podium finish enough to give him the vice-championship.