Race 1 – Qual 3rd Finished 2nd
Race 2 – Qual 6th Finished DNF
Basingstoke’s Archie Hamilton (20) had a mixed closing weekend at Silverstone with a retirement in the second race, but a season best of second in race one.
A new engine solved a shortage of power that Archie has suffered from in preceding races, and in both official practice sessions on Thursday, Archie was top of the time sheets. In qualifying, traffic and red flags made a bit of a lottery for grid positions with Archie setting third and sixth fastest times for the two races.
A great start put Archie ahead of Dino Zamparelli into second place in the first race. Archie backed out from the first corner battle with team-mate and title-contender Josh Webster but kept close, waiting to capitalise on mistakes which unfortunately didn’t materialise. He crossed the line in second place to claim another trophy, his fifth of the twelve race season.
Race two showed promise with another excellent start, and Archie taking champion Zamparelli off the start line for a second time this weekend. A daring move at the first corner sent him wide and onto the grass but he recovered and still managed to gain a fourth position. From there Archie pushed Khani ahead hard, hoping to force a mistake. After eight laps of wheel to wheel action Archie made his move. Khani, his championship rival for fourth, moved over, pushing Archie onto the kerb which damaged the car, losing its front wing with the impact. With no downforce Archie had no choice but to retire.
“Today’s race was disappointing. I think poor driving standards put an end to what could have been great racing. I have to focus on race one which was a fantastic result. I knew I could do it after the huge improvement in the car with the new engine. Being fastest in both practice sessions was a huge boost and the race just went very well. Overtaking is hard here as the loss of downforce when you’re behind someone makes a big difference but I put as much pressure on Josh as I could without taking silly risks with a team mate who was fighting for the title. It’s a shame he missed out today but Dino has driven really well this season in a championship that was very competitive. For me this season was about developing my racecraft and the series has been brilliant for that. To have so many fast drivers on the grid has really helped me learn and I’m already looking forward to my next races – whatever they might be.”
1: Zamparelli 295, 2: Webster 286, 3: Thorp 249, 4: Khani 200, 5: Hamilton 196, 6: Mason 186