Pietro Fittipaldi is Protyre Formula Renault Champion


Pietro Fittipaldi was fastest at Rockingham (credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography)

Pietro Fittipaldi has claimed the Protyre Formula Renault crown a weekend early as he dominated the second race of the weekend at Croft Circuit.

Starting from pole position, Fittipaldi rarely looked troubled as he managed the gap and managed to stretch out a healthy lead that he maintained without being troubled by Alex Gill who finished as runner up in the race.

Indeed what Fittipaldi achieved this weekend was rather remarkable, he had to win the race and set the fastest lap – which he did on lap five of 16.

Pietro, grand son of motorsport legend Emerson, said: “It was a really good race for me today, I had a solid start and remained calm and just let the race come to me.

“To leave this round as the Formula Renault Champion is brilliant for me and hopefully I can go out at Silverstone and continue my good form.”

Unfortunately he couldn’t savour his victory at the circuit, he is jetting off to Jerez for a test tomorrow in the Formula Renault ALPS series.

Behind him was Gill who was involved in a race long battle with race one winner Piers Hickin with the pair dicing with collision going into Tower and the Jim Clark essses but somehow they managed to stay clean and the Fortec Motorsport driver managed to stay a second ahead.

In fourth and fifth Colin Noble had to use all the tricks in the book to stay ahead of Matteo Ferrer who was making darting moves up the inside to no avail.

Sixth and seventh saw  a very entertaining battle between Cliff Dempsey Racing team mates TJ Fischer and Patrick Dussault, highlighted by a risky inside dive to the inside of Dussault, Fischer managed to get past his Canadian team mate but ran out of laps before he could catch Ferrer.

For Dussault his race would end in disappointment just three laps from the end. An ill judged lunge by eventual seventh placed man Tarun Reddy saw Dussault immediately retire and his displeasure was plain for all to see – he slammed the steering wheel down so hard it is a miracle it stayed in one piece.

Last, but remaining remarkably consistent in his lap times, was SWB Motorsport’s Jack Butel who will look back on his first weekend at Croft and hopefully learn from it for the future.