For the 2010 Formula Renault UK Season, a new chassis has been developed. Current Superleague Formula runner, Duncan Tappy tested the machine during the winter at Rockingham Motor Speedway, suggesting that the car’s new aerodynamic specifications had done much to improve the machine’s stability for the young competitors.
Each machine will also possess a brand new 2-litre Renault engine, wider tyres and a new carbon monocoque designed by Barazi-Epsilon.It was with this new found stability that Hungarian driver, Tama’s Pa’l Kiss won the first race ahead of Will Stevens and Harry Tincknell and with that victory fresh in mind, Pa’l Kiss will be looking for a repeat success.
Unfortunately, the 19-year-old was unable to reproduce his race one victory on the second day of the Thruxton meet, as a fired up Will Stevens shot off the line from pole position, securing his first win of the 2010 season and 32 points to add to his 28 from the previous day.Tom Blomqvist who started second on the grid didn’t have such a good start – as the Swede got bogged down on the grid, Lewis Williamson jumped ahead of the Fortec Motorsport driver and into 2nd spot. While Williamson was able to remain ahead of Blomqvist, Harry Tincknell also launched himself ahead of the slow starter; however Blomqvist had just enough to recapture 3rd spot halfway around the first tour.
Not that this would stop Tincknell – the Champion of the Formula Renault UK Winter Series surged past Blomqvist on the second lap and began a chase for the long departed Williamson.
Blomqvist wasn’t the only driver with a poor opening. Come the third lap around, Manor’s Ollie Millroy found himself beached permanently in the grass following contact with Josh Mulholland and Robert Foster-Jones paraded his CRS racing machine through the long grass runoff at turn 8 a lap later, before returning to the circuit somewhat ‘greener’.
Foster-Jones would, in fact, land himself at the front of a gaggle of cars as he started his fifth tour – all of whom were battling for a top-10 spot, including Michael Lyons, Nick Yelloly, Marlon Stockinger and Jesse Laine. As the group trundled through the tight turn 3/4 chicane, Laine tried for a pass on Stockinger, but only succeeded in spinning as he touched turn 4’s super-high kerbs.
Thomas Hylkema would do the same a lap later. As 5th place Jordan Oakes – followed closely by Hylkema and Pa’l Kiss) was challenged by Hylkema into turn 3, both were stunned by Pa’l Kiss as the young Hungarian shot around the outside of turn 3 and took the inside of 4.
Two-spots gained for Pa’l Kiss, but Hylkema on the exit of 4 clumped the kerbs, spinning him all the way around.
Pa’l Kiss was soon to be with the battling 3rd/4th place duo of Tincknell and Blomqvist, catching both by the 11th lap. Tincknell and Blomqvist had reached something of an impasse – while the 3rd place CRS racing driver had more stability through the sweeps and the turns, Fortec’s Blomqvist had more straight-line speed; however, it was not enough to overhaul the man in front.
Pa’l Kiss wasn’t hanging around though – as Blomqvist struggled for front-end grip along the long turn 8 right-hander, the Atech GP pilot took a more direct line, with Pa’l Kiss forcing his way through to 4th position.
Out front and almost in a different race, Will Stevens swept through from pole to take the chequered flag, only one second ahead of Williamson; however with Stevens on current form, it is questionable if the second place man could have ever gotten by. It was a dominant and controlled victory.
Tincknell kept a solid 3rd ahead of Pa’l Kiss and Blomqvist, while behind them David McDonald came home 6th, with Oakes, Lyons, Alex Lynn and Foster-Jones rounding out the top ten.
2010 Formula Renault UK Race of Thruxton (Round 2)
|1||3||Will Stevens||Manor Competition||18:51.611s|
|2||17||Lewis Williamson||Manor Competition||18:52.400s||0.789s|
|3||5||Harry Tincknell||CRS Racing||18:56.571s||4.960s|
|4||47||Tama’s Pa’l Kiss||Atech GP||18:57.124s||5.513s|
|5||10||Tom Blomqvist||Fortec Motorsport||18:58.420s||6.809s|
|6||11||David McDonald||Team Firstair||19:00.911s||9.300s|
|7||4||Jordan Oakes||Team Firstair||19:04.934s||13.323s|
|8||2||Michael Lyons||CRS Racing||19:10.545s||18.934s|
|9||36||Alex Lynn||Fortec Motorsport||19:12.788s||21.177s|
|10||55||Robert Foster-Jones||CRS Racing||19:15.763s||24.152s|
|11||12||Nick Yelloly||Atech GP||19:16.033s||24.422s|
|12||7||Thomas Hylkema||Manor Competition||19:19.039s||27.428s|
|13||99||Chrissy Palmer||Fortec Motorsport||19:20.715s||29.104s|
|14||15||Victor Correa||CRS Racing||19:23.770s||32.159s|
|15||33||Marlon Stockinger||Atech GP||19:27.945s||36.334s|
|16||22||Jessie Laine||Mark Burdett Motorsport||19:42.093s||50.482s|
|17||8||Joe Crook||Scorpio Motorsport||19:45.064s||53.453s|
|18||1||Josh Mulholland||Manor Competition||19:17.329s||1 Lap|
|19||21||Fabio Gamberini||Mark Burdett Motorsport||19:48.717s||2 Laps|
|DNF||27||Ollie Millroy||Fortec Motorsport||1:22.739s||15 Laps|
|2||Tama’s Pa’l Kiss||54|