Nick Yelloly in action at the wheel of the Pons Racing Formula Renault 3.5 at Paul Ricard.

Nick Yelloly in action at the wheel of the Pons Racing Formula Renault 3.5 at Paul Ricard.

After just two race meetings this year, Nick Yelloly has made quite an impression amongst the Formula Renault 3.5 fraternity.

Since joining the category at Silverstone just last month, alongside his commitments for Atech CRS GP in GP3, the 20 year old from Solihull has starred for Pons Racing.

At his first event in the series at Silverstone he finished sixth in race one, only to be disqualified after his car was found to be underweight.

Nevertheless, Yelloly remained undeterred by the setback and took his first points of the campaign at the next round at Paul Ricard, with a fine fifth place finish in race two.

And now the young Brit, who will be staying in Catalunya for the official collective testing to drive for ISR, is bidding to enhance his credentials even further with a final round flourish.

He commented: “The Pons team had always indicated that if I could deliver the results at Silverstone and Paul Ricard they would want me to do the final round, and thankfully we had two good strong performances. And so, thanks to my father and my sponsors, we’ve been able to commit to Barcelona and I can’t wait to get there.

“I have raced at the Circuit de Catalunya before, in GP3 this year and of course testing, but never in anything as powerful as a Formula Renault 3.5. It would be nice to finish the 2011 season on a high and if I can get two top eight finishes I’ll be over the moon.

“Qualifying will be critical as overtaking in such high-powered cars is going to be pretty difficult. There are only two main overtaking areas as the track features a lot of mid-speed corners.

“This year’s championship is particularly competitive so I’m very happy with the results so far – to beat a current Formula One driver is pretty cool. There are several F1 test drivers out there, many of whom have three or four years experience in WSR, so it’s always a tough challenge but I’ll aim to pull together another strong result.”