Vaidyanathan's mixed run in Autumn Trophy opener

Indian Ameya Vaidyanathan had a mixed run in the first of the two rounds of the BRDC F4 Autumn Trophy at Snetterton circuit last weekend.

Driving in the winter series like MRF Challenge and Autumn Trophy helps young drivers keep themselves prepared for next year.

With this aim, Vaidyanathan competed in the first round of the Autumn Trophy with his BRDC F4 team Hillspeed last weekend against six other competitors.

Starting the weekend on Friday, Vaidyanathan finished fourth and third (FP2 and FP3) in the three practice sessions led by Hillspeed's Struan Moore (FP1 and FP3) and Douglas Motorsport's Harrison Scott (FP2) respectively.

Mixed fortunes on Saturday 

In the first qualifying of the weekend, Vaidyanathan finished fifth as Scott clinched pole from Moore with HHC Motorsport's Sennan Fielding finishing third.

The first race didn't last long for the Indian as he retired on lap four after going off at the Riches corner. Scott took a lights-to-flag victory over Sisa Ngebulana (HHC Motorsport) and Fielding.

A DNF in the first race meant Vaidyanathan had to start the second race from the back. The Hillspeed driver got a good start moving to fourth in the opening lap.

Then on, he held the position to finish fourth as Fortec's Ben Barnicoat took the win from Scott and Moore to end the day's proceedings.

Similar luck on Sunday

On Sunday, in the second qualifying, Vaidyanathan finished fifth as Barnicoat took pole with Scott second and Moore third.

The conditions continued to be wet at Snetterton which caught out few drivers including the Indian in the third race when he went off at Agostini, damaging his front wing.

He ventured out after a brief period in the pits but eventually retired on the third lap as Fielding won the race from Scott and Ngebulana.

For the final race of the weekend, Vaidyanathan started from the back. At the start, his race was compromised due to a contact with Ngebulana.

From then on, it was consolidating and bringing the car home as he finished fifth with Scott winning while Barnicoat was second and Fortec's Faisal Al Zubair third.

At the end of the first round, the Indian sits seventh with 40 points while Scott leads with 128 points.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Ameya Vaidyanathan
Article type Results