Race 1: Qualified 2nd, Finished 1st
Race 2: Qualified 2nd, Finished 1st
20 year old Archie Hamilton from Basingstoke had his best day of his career to date with two wins and two fastest laps in the BARC Class of the 2011 Protyre Formula Renault UK Finals Series. The three leg series started today at Snetterton on the ‘300’ circuit. Day two is a repeat of today’s two races at with the final two races being held next Saturday at Rockingham, Northamptonshire.
Qualifying was held this morning, with Archie securing second on the grid for both races. Race one was held in treacherous conditions with standing water and torrential rain. Archie took the start in effective pole after James Fletcher went off the track on the warm-up lap and was forced to start the race from the pit lane. From the lead, Archie took an excursion off track himself on lap three when he also hit standing water, dropping to third place. From there Archie determinedly pushed as hard as possible in the conditions. He set the fastest lap of the race in his pursuit of second place. Having gained the runner-up slot he then pushed Jiminez, hoping for a mistake, which occurred on the penultimate lap, handing Archie the lead and the win.
By race two, the track was drying slightly, making for mixed track conditions. Archie took the lead by passing James Fletcher from the line. Having pulled away from the rest, a safety car period closed the pack. When racing resumed Archie got his head down again and took the fastest lap of the race for the second time today. He pulled away and once he had created a gap from the rest he drove a conservative race to take his second victory.
“Today was fantastic! I was conscious that qualifying was only a short time before the first race so I didn’t want to push too hard and damage the car, so was cautious and settled for second. I could then afford to push a bit harder in the races. The rain and wet made both races difficult – the first with the standing water and then with wet and dry for race two but, apart from a slight off in race one, I managed to keep within the limits. Setting the fastest laps was a good confidence boost but the two trophies are fantastic and I dedicate my wins to my grandfather who is my inspiration and my father for his support and faith. It’s a great start to the series. Now I’ve got to do the same again tomorrow.”