Harry TicknellIt was a hard weekend for Harry Tincknell in the Formula Renault UK Championship Graduate Cup at Snetterton, Norfolk, on 01-02 August. The 17-year-old put in a gutsy drive through the field to secure an eighth-place finish in round 13, holding onto his lead in the Graduate Cup.

Harry qualified 13th for race one with a fastest lap of 1:05.522; he was on course for a faster time that would have placed him in the top five, but an incident caused the session to be red flagged, preventing him from improving his time. In the second qualifying session, Harry managed to close the gap between himself and the front-runners, securing 10th on the grid for round 14.

In round 13 Harry had a strong start, improving his position by two places before the end of the second corner. With limited vision due to dust from an earlier oil spill, the field bunched and Harry took advantage, passing for 10th place.

Ahead, CRS Racing team-mate Josh Scott and Jesse Krohn of Mark Burdett Motorsport were battling for position, allowing Harry to pass both for eighth. In the closing laps, Harry gained on Nick Yelloly, but he was unable to catch him before the chequered flag, and crossed the line in eighth place.

Harry once again had a great start in round 14, moving up to ninth place. However, team-mate Lewis Williamson spun on the first lap, clipping Harry’s left rear wheel, damaging the suspension and forcing him into retirement.

“It was a tough weekend, made all the more difficult as I was still suffering from a chest infection,” said the Exeter driver. “Qualifying is very important at Snetterton and the fact that we started further down the grid than we anticipated made the races difficult. But our pace was good and we made-up a handful of positions to score some points. As for the second race, I guess that’s racing and just gives me more experience.

“I’m looking forward to the next rounds at Silverstone on 30 August,” added Harry. “We have a bit of a break which gives me time to get back to 100%. In testing we were very competitive so I think we could score valuable points.”