24 Sep Gill takes pole and two top 5 finishes at Croft
Alex Gill took to the North Yorkshire track of Croft this weekend in the penultimate round of the Protyre Formula Renault championship.
The first qualifying session of the day took place on Saturday and determined the grid order for the first of Sunday’s encounters. Gill was third fastest in the session, just 0.2 seconds shy of pole position.
In the afternoon session, determining the order for race two, Gill starred with his fifth pole position of the year. After usurping Pietro Fittipaldi (MGR) during the final couple of minutes, the Fortec driver made certain of the top spot with a sensational last lap of 1m28.506 seconds (86.43mph) – placing him almost 0.4 seconds clear.
Sunday’s first race saw Gill fall back off the start-line, however the young racer fought back and had gained his third position back by the end of the first lap. Powering on Gill continued to show great pace but was overtaken in the last few laps and crossed the line in fourth.
The second race of the day saw Gill start on pole position but Fittipaldi got the jump on his rival at the start and vanished into the distance after a couple of laps. Gill had to keep an eye on his mirrors as the race progressed with Piers Hickin (Scorpio) becoming an increasingly prevalent threat.
Try as he might, though, Hickin wasn’t able to find a large enough chink in Gill’s armour and the Fortec racer managed to just see him off by 0.8 seconds at the finish to take the second step of the podium.
Commenting on his second race Gill said: “I started pole for race two but I lost a place off the line, however I managed to defend my second place for the whole race. It was hard to make any progress forward as I was defending but some laps when I got a gap I was not far off. Overall it was a good weekend and I’m looking forward to a good end to the season at Silverstone.”
The final two rounds of the season will take place at Silverstone this coming weekend, 27th/28th September, as part of the British Touring Car package.