Surrey youngster Howard Fuller produced a couple of great drives in the final rounds of the 2011 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship at Silverstone to end his season on a high.
Throughout the season, finding the ultimate pace in his Hillspeed-prepared car in qualifying has been difficult to find and Silverstone was no exception, putting himself on rows seven and nine for the two races.
As the lights went out for the opening race, a great start for Fuller saw him pass three cars by the end of the first corner, placing himself in the top ten. Getting himself up to ninth soon after, Fuller ran in that place until the end, before being promoted another spot when a rival was excluded, ending up eighth.
Howard had a tougher task in the second race, starting eighteenth. The 19 year old didn't get as good a start in this race, but starting carving his way through the field afterwards, fighting his way through the field to take a top ten finish and with it secure ninth position in the overall standings.
Fuller, who ended the year as the top Hillspeed driver in the championship, reflected: “I really enjoyed that. I'm an aggressive driver and I wanted to show people that I can overtake. We passed 13 cars in total this weekend so I have shown what I can do. It's no secret that I haven't had the car underneath me at times this season, particularly in qualifying, but I have usually shown in the races that I am quick. It has been a season long battle with my team-mate Zaamin Jaffer too so I am particularly pleased to win that one. We had three non-finishes over the year, so there are always things we would like to have improved, but considering the circumstances and with this being my first year in the series I have to be pleased with the season.”
Howard's season is not over yet though, as he has been invited to take part in the Formula MRF series in support of the inaugural Formula 1 Indian Grand Prix in two weeks' time.