While Hillspeed's Ginetta Junior outfit was racing at Knockhill, it's Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship squad were competing some 450 miles south at Thruxton in Hampshire, with drivers Howard Fuller and Zaamin Jaffer posting top ten results in the penultimate meeting of the 2011 season.
Qualifying didn't go according to plan for Fuller and Jaffer, ending up thirteenth and fourteenth respectively, but for team-mate Sean Walkinshaw, a promising session saw him line up seventeenth. In race one, Fuller avoided incidents around him to progress into the top eight before a red flag just after mid-distance brought the race to a close.
This was caused by an incident involving the unfortunate Jaffer, who had a rival lock-up exiting the chicane in front of him and with nowhere to go, Jaffer was unable to avoid heavy contact with the rear of the car ahead, resulting in hefty damage to both involved. Rookie Walkinshaw ended the encounter thirteenth.
Race two saw Fuller once again neatly work his way through the order, this time with Jaffer in tow, as the duo worked their way into ninth and tenth respectively at the finish, with Walkinshaw behind in fourteenth after an enjoyable race long battle. The results move Fuller ahead of Jaffer in the championship table, the duo now ninth and tenth in the standings.
Team Principal Richard Ollerenshaw commented: “Thruxton was quite a tough weekend for the guys down there. Howard came through well in both races, along with Zaamin in the second one, but qualifying was the problem as it left them a lot of work to do. Sean's progress continues well and it's good to see him fighting hard for position as he steadily gets quicker and quicker as the season unfolds.”