YOUNG DRIVERS ROUND-UP JULY 4-5
BRDC Superstar Oliver Turvey claimed double podium finishes at the Silverstone Round of World Series by Renault over the weekend.
In the first Formula Renault 3.5 race Oliver claimed third, having gained a place when Daniil Move ran across the grass on lap four. And mid way through the race a mistake by Bertrand Baguette saw him move up in to the final podium spot.
Oliver also took first place in the rookie places while BRDC Rising Star Brendon Hartley was second on the rookie podium and fifth overall.
BRDC Rising Star Greg Mansell finished the first race in 11th while fellow Rising Star Jon Lancaster finished 18th having starting his race a lap down from the pits after getting stuck on the grid.
In yesterday’s feature race Oliver recorded another third place and first in the rookie classification.
BRDC Rising Star Brendon Hartley slotted into second place in the early stages but after the pit stops Oliver was fourth while BRDC Rising Star Greg Mansell was 13th, Brendon 14th and BRDC Rising Star Jon Lancaster 16th.
With Oliver on the podium once again at the end of the race, Brendon was 13th and Jon 15th.
Greg did not have the dream finish he was hoping for at his home race as he was taken out two laps from the end.
BRDC Rising Star Adrian Quaife-Hobbs claimed a brilliant third place in race two of the Formula Renault 2.0 championship at Silverstone yesterday.
The 18-year-old move in to fourth on the first lap and held his nerve as Albert Costa spun out in front of him on lap seven. From then his attempts to close in and take second were unsuccessful but he held on to come home in the final podium spot.
Adrian was ninth in race one on Saturday.
There were two BRDC podiums in the first Formula Renault UK race on Sunday morning with BRDC Superstar James Calado just narrowly missing out on victory. James was safe in second place though with third placed Dean Smith, a BRDC Rising Star, hanging on for the final podium spot just ahead of BRDC Superstar Dean Stoneman.
Oliver Webb, who was invited in to the Rising Star scheme just last week, was fifth with fellow BRDC Rising Stars Lewis Williamson and Ollie Hancock 14th and 15th respectively.
There was an all BRDC young drivers podium in the second Formula Renault UK race with new Rising Star Oliver Webb securing the win just ahead of Superstar James Calado while the final spot was taken by Rising Star Dean Smith.
Oliver went in to second on lap one ahead of James and Dean Smith while Dean Stoneman was sixth, Rising Star Ollie Hancock was 15th and Lewis Williamson 19th. By lap two Olver was into the lead and although James was never far behind, he was just not able to get close enough to make a move.
Dean Stoneman moved up to fifth on lap seven and was to gain a further place by the end to finish fourth. Lewis was also moved through to field to finish 13th. Ollie Hancock went off a lap before the end.
BRDC Rising Star Ben Winrow looked set for a podium on his return to the Renault Clio Cup in race one at Silverstone on Sunday. But he soon found himself under pressure from recently appointed Rising Star Alex MacDowall. With Alex past Ben, he then slid sideways at Woodcote on lap seven. Ben then caught the back end of Alex’s sideways car with their collision resulting in them both pulling in to the pits to retire on the following lap.
In the second Renault Clio Cup race yesterday BRDC Rising Star Ben Winrow overcame several three-wide battles to finish eighth while fellow Rising Star Alex MacDowall seemed to slip down the field with a problem to finish 18th.
BRDC Superstar Riki Christodoulou claimed his first win in the Formula 3 International Series at Snetterton yesterday in the second race of the weekend.
Riki came fifth in the first race of the day at the Norfolk circuit while Rising Star Daniel Ricciardo set the first of two second place finishes of the day.
Also on the podium in the first race was BRDC Rising Star Henry Arundel in third place while the BRDC Rising Star pairing of Max Chilton and Jay Bridger were sixth and seventh respectively. Other BRDC young drivers at Snetterton were Rising Star Hywel Lloyd who was 13th in race one, Superstar Wayne Boyd was 15th while Rising Star Aaron Steele was 18th.
In race two, with Riki taking a memorable first victory in the championship and Daniel claiming another second, Wayne Boyd was the next highest BRDC young driver in sixth just ahead of Max Chilton, Henry Arundel and Jay Bridger.
Hywel Lloyd and Aaron Steele were 15th and 16th.
BRDC Rising Star Nigel Moore was in the GT4 class of the British GT championship at Snetterton over the weekend and recorded a tenth place in race one and a seventh in race two.
Kieran Vernon was another BRDC Rising Star in action at Snetterton, racing in the MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain. Kieran finished his first race of the weekend in 15th before going one place better in race two. The third and final race of the weekend was Kieran’s best result in 11th.
BRDC Rising Star Martin Plowman recorded another top ten finish in the Firestone Indy Lights Championship at Watkins Glen, coming home in tenth place.