RACING driver Nick Yelloly had a challenging weekend in Moscow at the latest round of the Formula Renault 3.5 Championship.
The Solihull resident headed to Russia on the back of a dominant win at the Nurburgring but had a tough three days at the new Moscow Speedway. Despite a difficult weekend, he remains in the top five of the Championship standings, with just 35 points separating the top five.
Starting in 19th position in the Saturday race Yelloly made steady progress in the opening laps, climbing up the positions to finish a creditable 12th after a crash took out two rivals on the final lap.
Yelloly and the team made some big steps forward with the set up of the car on Sunday morning and were able to resolve a lot of the issues they had faced on Saturday, with the result he ended the session qualifying in ninth position for the second race.
After a chaotic start which took out four of the leading cars, Yelloly pulled off some strong overtaking moves to be up to P2 by the end of the first lap.
The safety car was brought out for four laps to recover the cars out on track. At the restart Nick started to pull away from the third placed driver and on lap 12 was lapping almost a second quicker than cars that had stopped for fresh tyres.
On lap 13 Yelloly pitted and lost almost a minute when the car stalled.
He rejoined in P18 ending the race in P16.
Yelloly said: “We now have a month until the next race at Silverstone (on August 25) and so we’ll be working hard to improve our dry weather set up so we can hit the ground running.”