FR3.5 »

Yelloly to race in finale

Nick Yelloly joins Pons Racing for Catalunya
Nick Yelloly will make a welcome return to Formula Renault 3.5 this weekend to contest the final season rounds at the Circuit de Catalunya with Pons Racing.

The 20 year-old proved his potential from the moment he got behind the wheel of the Pons Racing Formula Renault 3.5 at Silverstone in August. Setting the second fastest time in only his first practice session was followed with a sixth place finish in his inaugural race, but unfortunately the result was disallowed when the car was deemed to be underweight owing to a suspected faulty re-fuelling machine.

Undaunted, Yelloly went one better to finish fifth with an equally impressive performance at Paul Ricard last month, and secure his third podium finish in the rookie category.

Now the former Formula Renault 2.0 race winner and 2009 Michelin Formula Renault UK Winter Cup vice-champion is fully focused on securing double top eight results to conclude his 2011 season in style after recently completing his first GP3 season with Atech CRS GP.

While continuing to evaluate his options for 2012, following the World Series by Renault season showdown the Williams de broe and Merito-backed driver will stay on in Spain and head straight into the official two-day series test running with ISR, the operation behind the Red Bull Junior Team.

“The Pons team had always indicated that if I could deliver the results at Silverstone and Paul Ricard they would want me to do the final round, and thankfully we had two good strong performances," Yelloly said, "and so, thanks to my father and my sponsors, we've been able to commit to Barcelona and I can't wait to get there.

“I have raced at the Circuit de Catalunya before, in GP3 this year and of course testing, but never in anything as powerful as a Formula Renault 3.5. It would be nice to finish the 2011 season on a high and if I can get two top eight finishes I'll be over the moon.

“Qualifying will be critical as overtaking in such high-powered cars is going to be pretty difficult. There are only two main overtaking areas as the track features a lot of mid-speed corners.

“This year's championship is particularly competitive so I'm very happy with the results so far - to beat a current Formula One driver is pretty cool. There are several F1 test drivers out there, many of whom have three or four years experience in WSR, so it's always a tough challenge but I'll aim to pull together another strong result."

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Nick Yelloly
Photo: Antonin Grenier / DPPI / Renault Sport Media
Photo: GEPA pictures/Dutch Photo Agency/Sebastiaan Rozendaal
Marlon Stockinger - Lotus [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]
Photo: Eric Vargiolu/DPPI/Renault Sport
Photo: FIA Formula 3 European Championship / Thomas Suer
Max Verstappen tests Renault 3.5 at Spielberg   [pic courtesy Red Bull media]
Max Verstappen tests Renault 3.5 at Spielberg   [pic courtesy Red Bull media]
Photo: Jean Michel Le Meur/DPPI
Photo: Fotospeedy
Photo: Florent Gooden / DPPI / Renault Sport Media
Oliver Webb - Pons Racing [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]
Beitske Visser - AVF [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]
Will Stevens - Strakka Racing [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]
Will Stevens - Strakka Racing [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]
Will Stevens - Strakka Racing [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]
Marco Sorensen - Tech 1 Racing [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]
Sergey Sirotkin - Fortec Motorsport [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.