BRDC JUNIOR MEMBERS ROUND-UP AUGUST 29-30: DOUBLE WIN FOR JAMES CALADO
James Calado completed a brilliant double victory in the Formula Renault UK Championship at Silverstone yesterday.
The 20-year-old BRDC Superstar lead from start to finish in race one on Sunday morning to take his sixth victory of the season and with it the fastest lap and lap record of the Silverstone national circuit for the formula.
And it was an all BRDC young member podium as Oliver Webb was stuck firmly behind James’ rear wing throughout the race to claim second place, while Superstar Dean Stoneman was five seconds behind to claim the final podium spot.
Rising Star Dean Smith took fifth place while Lewis Williamson, also a Rising Star, was seventh.
In race two James took control from the start once again ready for win seven of 2009 while BRDC Rising Star Dean Smith slotted into third just ahead of Superstar Dean Stoneman.
On lap six Dean Smith moved through to take up second place still just ahead of Dean Stoneman while Oliver Webb had meanwhile sent himself down the pack after a spin.
James up front had made his 6.2 second advantage pay to secure the win ahead of Dean Smith and Dean Stoneman for an all BRDC young driver podium again. Oliver had been defeated though and by the time the chequered flag was shown was back from the back through to eighth place with Lewis Williamson in 13th.
Jonny Adam recorded three top ten finishes once again in the HiQ MSA British Tounring Car Championship at Silverstone yesterday.
In race one the BRDC Superstar managed to take fifth place on the first lap but it wasn’t long before the safety car was deployed after BRDC Rising Star Tom-Onslow Cole went crashing into the safety barrier at Brooklands at high speed.
With green flag racing resumed on lap nine, Jonny was in sixth place and fellow Superstar Andrew Jordan in 12th. The safety car was out once again on lap 17 with oil having been dropped on the circuit which then left a final last lap dash to the chequered flag, which left Jonny in eighth and Andrew 12th.
Race two saw Andrew move up through the field from his row six start. With Jonny Adam in seventh on the first lap Andrew was in ninth and was to drop back a place before moving up through the order into seventh on lap 17.
Andrew finished the race in sixth place, just one ahead of Jonny while Tom Onslow-Cole was 13th, who had been dicing with the returning Anthony Reid for most of the race.
Race three almost saw Tom fail to start as he arrived at the grid with just three wheels on his Team Aon Ford Focus ST. Fortunately quick work by the team’s mechanics saw him able to take to the circuit on the green flag lap.
The final race of the day saw Jonny Adam moved up into second in the Airwaves BMW and vie with Colin Turkington for the lead in the early stages. But as he avoided contact with the RAC driver, his loss of momentum dropped him to fourth. Andrew Jordan was also having his own problems early on as he was involved in a multi car incident, but the damage to his Vauxhall Vectra was not too severe and he was able to recover to finish 15th.
Jonny meanwhile held out as the battles commenced to finish sixth, while Tom Onslow-Cole was 13th.
Alex MacDowall claimed his tenth podium of the season with a third place in race one of the Renault Clio Cup at Silverstone on Saturday having made some impressive passing manoeuvres to having started the race from ninth on the grid.
In yesterday’s second race, Alex was forced to retire on lap five after an early collision left the front right end of his car heavily damaged.
Sarah Moore made light of the wet conditions at Silverstone as she stormed through to take victory in race two of the Ginetta Junior Championship at Silverstone yesterday.
The 15-year-old did not get the best of starts and found herself down in fifth, but as others found the wet track difficult the BRDC Rising Star kept her head to pick off the places ahead of her and took up the lead on lap six before eventually winning by over two seconds.
The first race on Saturday afternoon saw Sarah take fourth place.
Tim Bridgman was on the podium once again in the Porsche Carrera Cup at Silverstone on Saturday as he finished race one in second place.
Alexander Sims was in Spa Francorchamps for the International Formula Masters over the weekend, taking sixth place in race one.
In race two, the BRDC Superstar was lucky not to have been hurt after he was left stranded on the grid unable to get his car into gear as the lights changed and was hit from behind from another competitor.
Jack Harvey finished in 11th in the first Formula BMW Europe race at Spa Francorchamps yesterday. The 16-year-old BRDC Rising Star went one better in race two to finish just inside the top ten.
Robert Wickens received a last minute call up to fly to Canada for the latest round in the Formula Atlantic at Bowmanville, Ontario. The BRDC Rising Star was racing for Genoa Racing and came home in fourth place at the end of the 33 lap race.
Martin Plowman finished eighth in the Indy Lights race at Chicagoland on Saturday for Panther Racing.