Burdett disappointed with lost Gill podium at Hockenheim

Alex Gill (27) finished the season eighth in the standings - Credit: Formula Renault 2.0 NEC

Mark Burdett admitted he was slightly disappointed to see Alex Gill miss out on a podium finish during the season finale of the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup season at the Hockenheimring on Sunday, but praised the Briton for his strong performances during the season.

Gill ran inside the top three early in the final race of the season but was powerless to keep either Max Defourny or Lando Norris behind him, ultimately finishing fifth, but the team principal of Mark Burdett Motorsport praised the Briton for having a competitive season and finishing eighth in the standings.

“It’s such a shame not to have come away from Hockenheim with a podium,” said Burdett. “Alex proved he had the pace to do it and everything looked good during the first third of the final race.

“It wasn’t to be in the end, but it’s been a competitive season for the team and Alex has delivered some great performances.”

Burdett also praised Finlay Hutchison for his efforts as the young rookie, in his first full season of car racing, brought the car home in the points in all three races to conclude the season twenty-third in the championship.

“Finlay has learnt a huge amount in his first season and really has developed massively as the year has gone on,” said Burdett. “Formula Renault 2.0 NEC isn’t an easy championship for any driver, but for someone of Finlay’s limited experience it’s very tough indeed.

“He did a great job all year and it was important for him to end the season with three more good finishes under his belt.”