Qualified 7th – Finished DNF
Qualified 8th – Finished 6th
Archie Hamilton, 20 from Basingstoke, suffered extreme disappointment this weekend at Thruxton when a second non-finish after being hit from behind effectively finished his Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship title hopes. His car had also been an issue with a loss of straight-line speed remaining a hindrance for qualifying and both races.
Having qualified in seventh, Archie’s race one was short-lived when he was hit hard from behind on the opening lap, damaging his car too badly to continue. Undeterred Archie managed to make up from eighth to fourth in race two with a tremendous start and taking the opportunity of his home track experience to push harder on cold tyres than the rest. On one of the fastest track in the UK, being low on power was going to be a hard problem to overcome. Archie Hamilton defended as well as he could for the remaining 11 laps and by the time he crossed the line he had held onto sixth place.
“It’s obviously been a bad weekend in terms of my championship. Being hit from behind and put out of the race or having a power problem are bad news – but both on the same weekend were really bad luck. The power issue was very frustrating. I could get up to a decent speed with a tow but without I was way down. The data showed I was faster than my teammate through the corners but then down by over half a second over the lap. A big mystery. I’m really disappointed that my hopes for the title are gone but I’m having my best season in terms of learning and improving as a driver.”
The final rounds of the BARC Formula Renault Championship take place at Silverstone on 15th and 16th October. For further information and high resolution images please contact Pippa Neilson, 07968 564660 or [email protected]