Weiron Tan took his second win of the weekend in the Protyre Formula Renault Championship at Croft with a dominant win in Round 10, the Malaysian racer leading home a second consecutive Fortec Motorsport one-two.
Tan started the race from pole position and despite a sluggish getaway, he was able to hold the led into Clervaux, with Sam MacLeod leapfrogging front-row starter Jorge Cevallos for second.
Behind, chaos ensued at Hawthorn when Matt Rao and Pietro Fittipaldi tangled, with their incident leading to the deployment of the safety car.
Racing got back underway on lap four, with Tan controlling the restart well to remain ahead. The Malaysian racer quickly built up a lead of over a second to MacLeod behind and while his team-mate remained in his shadow throughout, the second-placed man wasn’t able to make a challenge for the lead.
Tan therefore maintained the advantage throughout the race to take a dominant lights-to-flag victory, his second win of the weekend, while MacLeod took second to bring to an end a tough run of results, bagging the bonus points for fastest lap in the process.
Cevallos ran third throughout, though the Mexican didn’t have it easy. Hongwei Cao and Jake Cook were on his tail in the latter stages, however with the Croft circuit being notoriously difficult to overtake around in single-seaters, Cevallos was able to fend them off for his third podium of the season.
Completing the top six behind Cao and Cook was Henrique Baptista. A strong race showing from the Brazilian saw him work his way through from tenth on the grid, the Scorpio Motorsport driver brilliantly passing championship leader Chris Middlehurst on the penultimate lap en-route.
A frustrating race for Middlehurst saw him end up seventh, bringing to an end his 100% podium record for the season. Ed Brand took eighth ahead of Matteo Ferrer, while completing the top ten on his debut weekend was Jesse Anttila.
Full race results can be found here: http://tsl-timing.com/barc/2013/132721bfr.pdf