Mixed fortune for Norfolk’s Formula Renault 3.5 Series runners at Moscow Raceway
The first race meeting on the newly built Moscow Raceway provided mixed fortune for Norfolk's Formula Renault 3.5 Series runners with P1 Motorsport racer Walter Grubmuller securing a podium position.
Nick Yelloly became the first two-time winner in the series at the previous round in Germany and he was looking strong again in Russia holding second place for the Carlton Rode based Comtec Racing. Sadly an error during his pit stop, which saw him stall his car, caused him to plummet down the order and trail home in 16th place, out of the points.
This worked kindly for Grubmuller who like Yelloly was on a different race strategy to many in the field. With no pit stop errors from the Besthorpe team he rejoined the race to take over his local rivals track position, which he held to the finish.
The Besthorpe team's second driver, Daniil Move, also earned championship points at his home event by taking a ninth place finish in the opening race while Grubmuller failed to finished when he scuppered by a transmission problem.
In the first race Vittorio Ghirelli led home Yelloly, his team-mate in the Contec squad, with an 11th place finish but he was one of the victims of an accident riddled opening phase to race two which left him watching from the side lines.
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Alex Brundle was another local racer to endure a difficult weekend after showing well in the opening phase of the European Le Mans Series sports car race at Donington.
The King's Lynn racer started the six hour event for the Greaves Motorsport team from fifth place and Lucas Ordonez and Tom Kimber-Smith took the car up to second at the half way stage.
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Unfortunately brake problems in the second half of the event saw the trio finish seven laps behind the winners in seventh place.