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Press Release October 10, 2010 - at the front a determined drive by Stockinger...
PRESS RELEASE: Sunday 10 October, 2010
YELLOLY WINS FOR ATECH GP IN BRANDS FINALE
Nick Yelloly ended the year in style, winning his first Michelin Formula Renault UK race of the season with a convincing lights to flag victory in the penultimate round at Brands Hatch today. Marlon Stockinger finished fifth and sixth in the two races while early series leader Tamás Kiss clinched third overall in the title standings.
The final two rounds of the series kicked off well for Nick on Saturday with the 19 year-old repeating his Friday practice form to take the pole spot for race one, his first of the year. The qualifying had seen Stockinger running second until the red flag cut short the 20 minute session.
At the restart just four laps remained and the Swiss-Filipino was frustrated to find himself pushed down to sixth. There was further disappointment for early series leader Kiss, the 19 year-old struggling to get a clear lap, the Hungarian winding up down in ninth place.
Race one opened the day’s proceedings at the Kent track and at the lights Yelloly made a lightening start to take an immediate lead into Paddock Hill bend. Stockinger too made a great start, passing a car off the line to enter the first corner in fifth but Kiss was left stranded on the line, as the rest of the field surged past, his championship bid effectively over.
A two-car incident deployed the safety car on the opening lap, forcing the field to bunch up, but at the restart Yelloly was again in fine form, pulling away from the pack as they crossed the start finish line. For the remaining laps, Yelloly drove a faultless race, holding off the attack from behind and despite his rear tyres going off slightly over the closing laps, crossed the line to take a well-earned win.
Stockinger enjoyed a race long battle for third, the youngster bringing his car home in fifth, while Kiss was unable to progress through the field, taking 12th at the flag.
Race two had Stockinger line up sixth just ahead of Kiss with Yelloly back in tenth. At the lights another good start from Marlon put him fifth into the first corner with Yelloly also gaining two places and moving up to eighth.
A fantastic getaway from Kiss however came to nothing as the teenager ran wide and spun at the Druids hairpin on the opening lap, dropping him down the order and putting his bid for championship glory firmly out of reach.
Back at the front a determined drive by Stockinger soon allowed him onto the tail of the third place battle, with Yelloly also joining in the fight, in a five-car train fighting for the final podium finish. At the flag the pair crossed the line fifth and seventh, giving Yelloly seventh in the points table just ahead of Stockinger.
A recovering drive from Kiss netted the fastest lap of the race as he went on to finish 14th to lift third place in the hard-fought 20 round championship.