SILVERSTONE played host last weekend to the final two rounds of the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship, in which Peak District team Hillspeed fielded its three regular runners Howard Fuller, Zaamin Jaffer and Sean Walkinshaw.
Qualifying didn’t go as well as hoped but Indian driver Jaffer led the team’s charge with the 12th fastest time, just 0.8 seconds shy of pole position, while Fuller was a whisker slower in 13th and Walkinshaw posted the 20th best time.
At the start of round 11 on Saturday afternoon, Jaffer was bundled down the order after being edged off the circuit and so had to mount a recovery from outside the top 20 which he did very well indeed to end the race in 15th position.
Fuller, getting away strongly, managed to climb into the top-ten on lap one and went on to rise into ninth late on before being promoted to eighth when original third place finisher Kourosh Khani was excluded from the results.
Walkinshaw, meanwhile, produced one of his best races as he battled closely with several more experienced drivers. In the end, he took 18th place with a best lap just 0.8 seconds shy of the quickest of the race.
In round 12, Jaffer again started as the highest placed Hillspeed runner in 14th on the grid with Fuller an uncharacteristic 18th and Walkinshaw only three tenths of a second further shy with the 20th best time again.
Fuller once more mounted an impressive race drive to scythe his way through from the ninth row of the grid into the top ten and with a quickest lap time only 0.3 seconds outside the fastest of all set by new champion Dino Zamparelli. Jaffer ended the race in 13th position, having challenged for the top ten at one stage, while Walkinshaw took 20th place to once again secure championship points.
“It’s been a tough year for all the BARC drivers, they’re all in their first year in the car and up against some very established and experienced competitors,” said Hillspeed principal Richard Ollerenshaw.
“They’ve all developed well in their own right and Sean has probably made the most progress of anybody as Zaamin and Howard have both raced cars previously. All in all, a tough year in BARC but not a bad one.”