BRDC Rising Star Extends Championship Lead With 2 Podiums

Ollie Hancock extended his Formula Renault BARC championship lead to 34 points after a brace of through-the-field drives earned him a double-podium at rounds 6 and 7 at Croft.

A small spin in qualifying shouldn’t have been a major problem, but Ollie’s car became beached and not only did the marshals refused to push him back on track but the clerk of the course then refused to allow him to leave parc ferme to resume the session, a decision the official later admitted was a mistake.

The result was that recovery drives were required in both races and Hancock duly delivered with second and third place finishes, plus a bonus point for race 2’s fastest lap, meaning he comfortably out-scored all his major championship rivals.

Race 1

Starting from eleventh, Ollie nailed two cars off the grid and two more at turn 2 to run seventh. At the back of a long train of battling drivers, he began picking them off one by one to rise to take fourth at the chequered flag. The subsequent disqualification of Hancock’s main championship rival Menasheh Idafar from third position, handed Ollie a podium and a significant boost in the title fight.

Race 2

With light rain falling as the cars sat on the grid, Hancock made an impressive getaway as others chose a more circumspect approach. He dived down the inside of half the cars ahead into the soaking wet turn 1 to jump from tenth to fifth by the first corner, before making another overtaking move to finish the first lap in fourth. After cruising up behind third placed James Dixon, Hancock made his move for the podium at the Tower Hairpin on lap 5 and repeated the pass to take second from Isa Yousif one tour later. While he didn’t have enough time to catch leader Johannes Seidlitz, Ollie added another point to his weekend’s total with fastest lap late in the race.

Ollie: “We’ve taken a solid points score and achieved the best results we could have hoped for after qualifying, which didn’t go as I had hoped. We now have a big championship lead, and if I can get qualifying right in the next round at Snetterton, I’m confident I can add to the four wins we have already this year.”