Qualified 3rd – Finished 6th
Qualified 3rd – Finished 3rd
20 year old Archie Hamilton from Basingstoke kicked off his 2011 campaign at Donington Park with a podium and enough points to put him third in the Championship. 2011 sees Archie competing in the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship with a competitive field of 22 cars.
Saturday’s qualifying saw Archie struggling a little with understeer but still managed to put in a time just one tenth of a second off the pole pace, securing two third place grid slots.
Both of Archie’s races were held today at the Leicestershire circuit, with the first one bringing slight disappointment following an incident causing damage to his car while he was challenging for the lead on the opening lap. The front wing damage proved too difficult for Archie to challenge for positions but he drove to his best ability under the circumstance and managed to hang on to sixth place to pick up his first points.
Archie had a great start from the line in race two, immediately taking second place from Dino Zamparelli and gaining time on leader James Thorp . A safety car was deployed and Archie got a good restart but ss the race progressed tyres started becoming an issue as they deteriorated. Kieran Vernon was pushing hard and Archie made the decision to let him by with four laps to go and hold onto third place. He crossed the line to claim his first 2011 podium and lies third in the championship points.
“I decided that BARC Formula Renault was the right series to learn more and become a better racer. I was very happy with the testing but the racing today has confirmed that it was the right thing for me to do. The competition is fantastic and I know will make me a much better driver. Getting the podium finish was good too and being towards the top of the table is a great confidence boost. To be quick in such a competitive field is a good feeling. I hadn’t tested at Donington so am really looking forward to Brands Hatch where I’ve got race experience and get a few more test days in before then.”