02 Oct Podium filled weekend for Fortec
28th-29th September 2013 – The weekend at Silverstone held the Protyre Formula Renault Championship for their final race of the season. With 5 drivers competing in the team it was set to be a busy weekend for Team Fortec. Hong Kong resident Wei Fung Thong took his first pole position of the year, whilst British driver Sam MacLeod and Malaysian driver Weiron Tan took to the podium.
As the times tumbled in the first qualifying session of the weekend, MacLeod jumped straight into second place where he stayed for the rest of the session just half a second off pole position. Tan followed closely behind in third place before his lap times were disallowed for not respecting track limits. Thong posted a time quick enough for fifth place whilst Chinese driver Hongwei Cao qualified in seventh and Hongli Yee in thirteenth.
The first race saw second place qualifier MacLeod jump straight into the lead into the first corner where he remained for the first 4 laps of the race, unfortunately a battle with pole qualifier Scorpio Motorsport driver Ivan Taranov for first place saw MacLeod drop down the order where he was forced to retire on lap eight. Off the start line Thong dropped to sixth place but it wasn’t long before he took back his place. By lap seven though Thong was given a five second penalty for not respecting track limits, dropping him to fourteenth place where he crossed the line. Cao was off to a storming start climbing into fourth place by the end of the first lap where he took the chequered flag. Yee finished in a credible eleventh place, whilst teammate Tan climbed his way to the top of the pile after being penalised in qualifying, took third place on the podium bagging some important points for the championship.
Second qualification of the weekend saw Thong take his first pole position of the season with Tan following in third place, previous second place qualifier MacLeod in sixth, Cao in ninth and Yee in thirteenth. Unfortunately Tan saw a second penalty for the weekend after his times were disallowed for not respecting track limits.
With high hopes of more podiums for the second race, the pressure was on for Thong to make a quick getaway off the start line. Unfortunately Thong was swamped with the pack behind and ended up in twelfth place, as the race continued he continued to pick out the queue ahead and landed in fifth position where he finished the race setting the fastest lap on his way. Sixth place qualifier MacLeod pushed had made an outstanding start and flew straight into second place where he took the chequered flag. Qualifying in ninth, by the end of the first lap Cao had made his way into fifth place. By lap six he had climbed his way up to third, where he remained and took the third step on the podium. Tan climbed the order into fifth place; however a battle saw him slip down into twelfth where he eventually crossed the line. An unfortunate event saw Hongli Yee unable to finish the race and retiring after just five laps.
Tan took second place in the overall championship, Cao in fourth, MacLeod sixth and Thong sixteenth. Participating in the last two rounds of the season Yee finished the championship in 21st.