Photos from the big Day! ! Marlon Stockinger first ever Filipino race winner...2010 Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship
A jubilant Marlon Stockinger...
and a day to remember!
THE PHOTOS...no words needed!
Soon more photos on Marlon's website in the Gallery @ http://www.marlonstockinger.com/
Champagne Shower for team principal David Hayle!
A very big Bear Hug...Tom & Marlon Stockinger after the race.
Lets have drink Son... Marlon and his dad Tom.
All Photos by: Jakob Ebrey Photography
First ever Filipino race winner: Marlon Stockinger secured his first victory of the 2010 Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship
For immediate release: Monday, 21st June 2010
STOCKINGER STRIDES TO MAIDEN VICTORY AT CROFT
· Marlon Stockinger secures maiden win to become first ever Filipino race winner.
· Lewis Williamson dedicates second win to his dad on Father’s Day.
· Dejected Thomas Hylkema unable to convert maiden pole position.
· Round 10 attracts packed crowd and broadcast live on ITV4.
Atech GP’s Marlon Stockinger secured his first victory of the 2010 Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship during rounds nine and 10 at North Yorkshire’s Croft circuit on 19th/20th June to become the first ever Filipino driver to win a race.
The 19-year-old, who only finished 25th last season, secured a lights-to-flag victory in Saturday’s round nine after also claiming his first ever podium followed by a second-place in Sunday’s televised round 10.
The weekend also brought delight for Scottish (Golspie) racer Lewis Williamson, racing for Manor Competition, who secured his second win of the season during the tense round 10 with the 20-year-old dedicating the victory to his dad on Father’s Day who also recently celebrated his 60th birthday.
Manor Competition completed a strong weekend for them with a maiden podium for Ollie Millroy (Claygate) with second in round nine and Will Stevens (Oxshott) who secured third in round 10. Fortec Motorsport’s Tom Blomqvist (Saffron Walden) claimed the final podium spot with third in round nine while team-mate Alex Lynn (Dunmow) and Mark Burdett Motorsport’s Fabio Gamberini (Oxford) each picked up a class win in the Graduate Cup.
Although absent from the podium, Hungarian driver Tama’s Pa’l Kiss, driving for Atech GP, picked up another good points haul to stretch his title lead to 19-points as the series reaches the halfway stage.
If Saturday’s qualifying session was anything to go by rounds nine and 10 looked set to be a weekend of surprises. Following Stockinger’s maiden pole in Q1, the second qualifying session saw Dutchman Thomas Hylkema, driving for Manor Competition, secure his first ever Formula Renault UK P1 while this year’s title hopefuls were spread throughout the field.
Sunday’s round 10 then, broadcast live on ITV4 and in front of a packed crowd, saw Hylkema line up in unfamiliar territory as the Michelin pole-sitter with team-mate Williamson alongside him. Stockinger sat just behind on row two to separate yet another Manor Competition car in the form of Stevens. Returnee Riki Christodoulou (Sutton Coldfield), driving for CRS Racing in place of Victor Corrêa, lined up in fifth with championship leader Pa’l Kiss down in seventh.
As the lights went out for the start of the 15-lap race it was Williamson who got the best start as Hylkema struggled to get away due a damaged engine sensor following a mechanical issue which affected his cars performance. It was therefore the Scottish racer who led the field into the right-handed Clervaux followed by Stockinger, Stevens and Christodoulou.
The tight Hairpin on the opening 2.125-mile lap provided the opportunity for Pa’l Kiss to nip up the inside of Blomqvist while just behind CRS Racing’s Michael Lyons (Essex) was also able to get the better of his team-mate Robert Foster-Jones (Southend-on-Sea) who had already impressed during the weekend’s earlier round nine.
Waved yellow flags greeted the field as they entered Clervaux for the second time as a result of Hylkema’s stricken car. The leaders were all tightly bunched together as they did with Blomqvist in particular right on the back of Pa’l Kiss in attempt to regain his place.
It wasn’t long though before Williamson began to pull clear and by one third race distance he had carved out more than a two second buffer over Stockinger. Also impressive in the midfield was Lyons who was able to keep team-mate Harry Tincknell (Exeter) at bay who was having a poor weekend by his standards and having to defend from Fortec Motorsport’s David McDonald (Ewell). Graduate Cup driver Lynn was also not having things go his way with his car’s pit lane speed limiter switching on at random causing him to fall down the order.
Out in front Williamson was continuing to push and earlier had set the NGK fastest lap of the race as Stockinger and third place Stevens had no reply to his consistent pace. With the chequered flag in sight, the top four looked incontestable but that certainly wasn’t the case in the battle for fifth with Blomqvist still hungry to regain the place from Pa’l Kiss. On the penultimate lap the 16-year-old knew the Hairpin was his best chance to pass and out braked Pa’l Kiss to dart up the inside with Tama’s yielding to the youngster’s determined move.
The race belonged to Williamson though who punched the air with joy as he crossed the line for his second win of the year. Stockinger finished second with Stevens and Christodoulou behind him in third and fourth leaving Blomqvist to round off the top five. Gamberini meanwhile secured the Graduate Cup honours.
Delight for Stockinger...
Saturday’s round nine saw Stockinger line the start grid as pole-sitter with Millroy alongside him with the two both enjoying their best ever qualifying positions. Blomqvist and Pa’l Kiss sat on row two as they and the rest of the field waited for the lights to go out for the start of the race.
When they did it was Stockinger who made the best start to lead followed by Millroy and Blomqvist. Pa’l Kiss and Foster-Jones followed next with Robert able to maintain his best ever grid start. After qualifying down the order, Williamson was keen to make up as many places as possible on the opening lap but was perhaps a little too eager and ran wide on a couple of occasions to fall towards the back of the pack.
Meanwhile Stockinger was quick to make the most of a clear track building a defendable cushion of more than a second. Millroy tried hard to stay with him and set the NGK fastest lap of the race on lap four – breaking the lap record in the process by more than half a second. As Millroy worked on closing the gap, third-place Blomqvist was also trying to close with fourth-place Pa’l Kiss now starting to drop away from the leading trio.
In the midfield, the focus was on Stevens and MacDonald who swapped places on more than one occasion. Foster-Jones and Hylkema were also enjoying a good battle for fifth and sixth places with the two often running nose-to-tail.
Despite reducing his lead slightly, Millroy was looking less likely to be able to mount a challenge on Stockinger who continued to post quick lap times in his Atech GP prepared car. The chequered flag was now in sight for Marlon who duly crossed the line to take a deserved lights-to-flag victory and become the first Filipino driver to win a Formula Renault UK race. Millroy finished second to claim his first podium with Blomqvist in third. Pa’l Kiss finished fourth with Foster-Jones enjoying a career best fifth while further down Lynn secured another class win in the Graduate Cup.
Commenting on his weekend a delighted Stockinger said: “It’s been an excellent weekend for me and the team has done a great job in setting up the car. Round nine was really nerve-racking but I’m thrilled to finally secure a win especially given I’ve had a third place, a second place in the Winter Series and now my first win. It was a close fight in round 10 but I couldn’t match Lewis’ pace. This weekend has been a huge confidence boost for me though and I’m looking forward to the next rounds.”
Round 10 race winner Williamson said: “After a nightmare day on Saturday where I was just trying too hard it’s great to get the win. I concentrated on getting a good clean start which I did and then I just tried to edge away as soon as possible. This win hopefully made a great Father’s Day present for my dad!”
Commenting on his maiden podium in round nine, Millroy said: “I knew the car would come on during the middle of the race so I really tried to push Marlon and force him into a mistake but then my rear tyres began to fade and I lost grip slightly. It’s great to finally be on the podium though and credit has to go to the team for setting up the car.”
Commenting on his third place in round nine, Blomqvist said: “This is my fourth consecutive podium so I guess I’m on a bit of a roll. I know I’ve got strong race pace but I just need to focus on turning it into a win.”
Third place in round 10 Stevens added: “I’m happy with third and pleased to pull back some championship points over my main rivals who finished behind me. I did start to reel Marlon in during the race but I was never close enough to pass.”
Rounds 11 and 12 of the 2010 Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship take place at Norfolk’s Snetterton circuit on 7th/8th August.
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2010 Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship provisional drivers’ standings:
|1||Tama’s Pa’l Kiss||HUN||Atech GP||239 pts|
|2||Will Stevens||GBR||Manor Competition||220 pts|
|3||Lewis Williamson||GBR||Manor Competition||208 pts|
|4||Tom Blomqvist||SWE||Fortec Motorsport||206 pts|
|5||Harry Tincknell||GBR||CRS Racing||197 pts|
|6||Ollie Millroy||GBR||Manor Competition|| 138 pts|
|1||Alex Lynn||GBR||Fortec Motorsport||81 pts|
|2||Fabio Gamberini||BRA||Mark Burdett Motorsport||59 pts|
Latest News: SUPER STOCKINGER LIGHTS UP CROFT! A stunning weekend for Atech Grand Prix’s Marlon Stockinger
SUPER STOCKINGER LIGHTS UP CROFT!
PRESS RELEASE: Sunday 20 June 2010
SUPER STOCKINGER LIGHTS UP CROFT
A stunning weekend for Atech Grand Prix’s Marlon Stockinger netted two top three starts and maiden victory and second place in the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship at Croft this weekend. Team-mate Tamás Pál Kiss maintains his lead at the top of the points table with fourth and sixth places while the team’s third driver Briton Nick Yelloly drove a storming second race to finish just outside the top ten.
For 18 year-old Swiss-Filipino Stockinger, this weekend was without doubt his best ever in single-seater racing, which started with his maiden pole position in Saturday’s first qualifying. He followed that up with the third fastest time in the second to give him a second row start for race two.
Marlon Stockinger on the podium after his maiden win.
Pál Kiss was next up of the Atech runners, earning himself fourth and seventh fastest times in the two sessions. Yelloly completed the line-up with two 14th places.
Race one got underway on Saturday afternoon with Stockinger making a superb getaway to take an immediate lead. For 15 laps the youngster made it look easy staying completely in control and fending off the challenge from second-placed Ollie Millroy to take his maiden victory. Behind him, a good start from Pál Kiss allowed him to maintain his start position and go on to finish just outside the final podium spot to hang on to his series lead.
Another fast starting performance by Yelloly allowed him up to 12th until a spin on lap three dropped him down the order. He went on to finish 16th.
Sunday’s second race proved another success for Stockinger as he capitalised well on a problem for the pole-sitter Thomas Hylkema who struggled to get away at the lights. Thereafter Stockinger withstood some early pressure from third place Will Stevens but drove a mature and controlled race to take second place.
Marlon Stockinger leads the pack at the start of race one at
Croft going onto his maiden victory.
Behind the lead quartet Pál Kiss had got the jump on Tom Blomqvist and over the course of the 15 lapper the pair enjoyed a huge battle for fifth place. However suffering from oversteer during the latter part of the race, Tamás came under increasing pressure as his tyres went off allowing Blomqvist to relieve the Hungarian of the place two laps from home.
Yelloly too enjoyed a good second race, the 19 year-old moving up three places on the opening lap into 11th place. For the duration of the race Nick was pushed hard by Millroy but didn’t put a wheel wrong, withholding the pressure and hanging on to get the place and gain more valuable championship points.
The performances from the trio over the weekend now see them all in the top eight in the standings, with Marlon moving ahead of Nick into seventh place and Tamás enjoying a 19 point advantage at the top.
Team Principal David Hayle was delighted with the performances of his drivers this weekend, the mid-way point in the championship.
“What a fantastic result for Marlon, the whole team is delighted for him, he didn’t put a wheel wrong all weekend and this was our most consistent performance this season. Tamás has extended his lead at the top with two strong finishes and Nick once again showed an amazing race pace following two lightening starts.
“Now we must ensure we can nail qualifying for him as we head into the second half of the season as I have no doubt he is more than capable of challenging for race wins.”
The series now enjoys a lengthy seven-week summer break in the schedule before it resumes with three rounds at Snetterton, replacing the rain-aborted race from Brands Hatch, over the weekend of 7/8 August.