Tuesday 3 November 2009: Solihull racing driver Nick Yelloly secured his first podium finish with second place in the opening round of the 2009 Michelin Formula Renault Winter Series Cup at Snetterton. The 18 year-old, in just his fourth year...
Tuesday 3 November 2009: Solihull racing driver Nick Yelloly secured his first podium finish with second place in the opening round of the 2009 Michelin Formula Renault Winter Series Cup at Snetterton. The 18 year-old, in just his fourth year since first testing a 100cc TKM kart, catapulted into second off the line as the pack filed into the first corner and was never pressured as he went on to take second at the flag.
The teenager had set an impressive pace in pre-event testing, consistently first or second fastest at each circuit and headed to the Norfolk track looking for a podium finish. In Friday's test sessions, the Montpelier Group-backed racer wound up quickest in the second of three sessions.
Heading into Saturday morning's wet qualifying session however, things didn't quite go as planned the youngster struggling to find the form of the previous day. Nevertheless a third row start for the first of two races on a circuit in which he'd previously had his best finish proved to be enough.
An earlier attempt to hold the race was abandoned after a multi-car accident blocked the track on lap six. In that Nick had made a superb start and was up into third place but the restart was even better.
A lightening getaway off the line, allowed him to push the race leader hard into the first corner. However the wet track conditions proved decisive in the results, with the leader, unaffected by spray, able to pull away at the front.
Nick though drove a strong race to pull away from third place to take a well-earned runner-up spot at the end of the 15 lap race.
Race two again saw another strong start from Nick, his now legendary getaways propelling him up four places although he was then pushed out wide costing valuable places. A steady run in tricky conditions allowed him to maintain seventh place and a fantastic overtaking manoeuvre on the penultimate lap saw him move up to sixth which he held to the flag.
"It was great to finally get my first Formula Renault podium," said Nick. "After the first start I was disappointed as I'd been running third and on course for a podium but my second start was actually even better.
"I'd got right onto the tail of the leader going into the first corner and thought I might be able to get him, but then I made a small mistake at the Bombhole corner which dropped me back and allowed him to pull away.
"The car was great though and I really hope we can continue that pace into testing this week and the next rounds of the series."
The four-race mini-series continues at the Rockingham Motor Speedway this weekend (November 7) with testing at the Northamptonshire circuit on Friday prior to qualifying and two races on Saturday.