Vernon impresses in podium finish

Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship team Hillspeed celebrated a third podium finish of the season at Croft on Sunday, thanks to a tremendous drive by Kieran Vernon to take second in round eight of the campaign.

Added to fifth position in round nine, the 22-year-old is tied on 143 points with rival James Fletcher but, by virtue of Vernon’s better race results on countback, he is classified sixth overall for the Hathersage squad.

Teammate Jacob Nortoft enjoyed one of the most competitive weekends of his rookie season and impressed on his first ever visit to the 2.1-mile Darlington track to record a best result of ninth in the second of the weekend’s two races, consolidating 15th place in the points table.

“Race one was a good showing from Kieran”, said team principal Richard Ollerenshaw, “Qualifying second was great and it’s just a shame we were fourth in the second qualifying. All in all, the first race was a good strong outing.

“He got a bit too much wheelspin off the line in race two, which was unfortunate, and then it was a case of struggling with tyrewear. It’s tough with the set-up at Croft, the first race takes a lot out of the tyres so I was quite happy to see the Safety Car come out to give the tyres a bit of a break. We might have gone a bit hard on the tyres at the end but fifth is still good points.”

Protyre Formula Renault BARC will return to action on August 18-19, at Hillspeed’s ‘home’ track, Donington Park. A week earlier, the team’s Ginetta Junior Championship squad races at Snetterton.