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Formula Renault UK 2010: Croft – Hylkema Fails, Williamson Wins

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Thomas Hylkema took his first series pole position in the second Formula Renault UK race at Croft, but failed to convert his starting position into a win, losing the race to Lewis Williamson, in another of the Virgin Racing-alike Manor Competition entries.

Hylkema's lead didn't even last as long as Clervaux – the opening corner – on the first lap, a broken engine sensor leaving him stumbling away from the line allowing Williamson to assume the lead straight away followed by the weekend's the weekend's other winner Marlon Stockinger, Will Stevens and series' returnee Riki Christodoulou for CRS Racing.

Behind the leading four, initially was Tom Blomqvist. However, at the tight hairpin at the end of the lap Tamas Pa'l Kiss dived up the inside of the Saffron Walden-based driver, though Blomqvist was able to stay in touch, helped initially by yellow flags at Clervaux for the stranded car of the luckless Hylkema.

Blomqvist, son of rally legend Stig, remained on the tail of series leader Pa'l Kiss for the entire race, finally making his move (at the same hairpin he lost the place) on the penultimate lap to snatch back fifth.

The top four had remained unchanged since the first corner of the first lap, Williamson setting the race's fastest lap as he was able to ease away from Stockinger – he had a lead of two seconds even after only a third-race distance, winning by over three seconds as he punched the air across the finish line for his second win of the year.

Stockinger added another first to his maiden poles and win on Saturday, scoring his first 'other' podium.

“After a nightmare day on Saturday [round 9] where I was just trying too hard it's great to get the win,” Williamson said. “I concentrated on getting a good clean start which I did and then I just tried to edge away as soon as possible. This win hopefully made a great Father's Day present for my dad!”

Graduate Cup honours went the way of Mark Burdett Motorsport's Fabio Gamberini after class rival Alex Lynn had his car's pit lane speed limiter switching on randomly, causing him to drop back though the order.

Despite missing the podium over the weekend Atech GP driver Tamas Pa'l Kiss continues to lead the championship at the half way point with a 19 point lead over Manor's Will Stevens. Lewis Williamson is third overall, an additional 12 points behind the Hungarian.

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