Podium and Points for British Racer Jack Aitken at Assen

It was another productive weekend for British racing driver Jack Aitken as he took away a P2 podium finish and valuable P4 Championship points from his races at the fifth round of Formula Renault 2.0 NEC at Assen this weekend.

Just one week after a successful weekend at Spa-Francorchamps, Jack continued his good form and pace in his Fortec Motorsports challenger. He achieved P2 in both practice sessions in Assen on Thursday, only a tenth of a second off the top of the timesheet in FP1 on the dusty, green and slippery track.

It was a tough Group B Qualifying session on Friday morning with several yellow flags hindering Jack’s quick lap running and resulting in a P4 grid position for both races.
From the second row of the grid at the start of Race One, the 17 year-old from London made a charge and took the fight to Matt Parry who was running alongside. Jack was quickly able to take advantage of the battling pair of Dennis Olsen and his Fortec team mate ahead, to pass Parry and take P3. Now all over the gearbox of second-placed Olsen, Jack made a solid move to secure a further runner-up podium position at the end of the race.

Jack made a great start to Race Two on Sunday afternoon and jumped to take to P3 from Parry on lap one. As the race unfolded he was held up behind Olsen and as his tyres began to go off unfortunately lost position to his team-mate who also overtook Olsen for P2 with six minutes of the race remaining. With two laps to go, Jack continued to put pressure on Olsen for P3 but was unable to convert his impressive attack at turn five in to a podium finish. He took the chequered flag in a ‘disappointing’ P4, but however with more valuable Championship points in the bag.

Jack Aitken comments, “Fourth position in race two is not bad, but after such a good start I would have liked to have been on the podium at least and was obviously aiming for the win. Race one went really well and we have definitely taken a step forward again this weekend so I head in to the break relatively happy with my results from Spa and Assen.”

Full results and current driver standings for the 2013 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC can be found at http://necup.com/index.php/results. The fifth round of the Championship takes place at Most, Czech Republic, on 1st September 2013.

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