Hill Ends Formula Renault 2.0 Season As Top Manor Driver At Silverstone

Josh Hill wrapped-up his first season of Certina Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship racing at Silverstone National Circuit on Sunday, 16th October, as the best placed of Manor Competition's three drivers in the overall standings thanks to a consistent final weekend.Farnham-based Hill, son of 1996 FIA Formula One World Champion Damon, has shown some superb racecraft and determination this season and rounds 19 and 20 were no exception - the second of the two outings, in particular, a highlight with an excellent fifth place finish from ninth on the grid.Qualifying has been something of an Achilles Heel for the Manor trio in 2011 and in the round 20 session, Jordan King was the best of the Nottinghamshire team's runners with the eighth fastest time while Hill was only 0.030 seconds further adrift; both drivers just 0.5 seconds shy of pole position. Alice Powell, meanwhile, was only 0.3 seconds slower but that meant a 13th place start for race two.Enjoying a great start and first lap, Hill climbed into the top six while Powell managed to pick her way through to ninth. Just ahead, King was pitched into a spin after being hit from behind and so he plummeted to the tail of the field - a huge shame after a fantastic start and an excellent first lap.Even so, the Warwickshire teenager mounted a strong and committed recovery to end the race in eighth position, two spots ahead of Powell who herself made great progress initially until she was served with a drive-through penalty after being adjudged by officials to have exceeded track limits.Hill, meanwhile, moved into fifth on lap two thanks to a great move on Ed Jones and remained there to the flag on lap 22. He came under serious pressure from Jack Hawksworth towards the conclusion but held firm with an impressive performance.During the earlier 19th round, King headed the Manor contenders home with a seventh place finish just 0.1 seconds clear of Hill at the line. Starting the opposite way round, with Hill seventh on the grid and King eighth, the team-mates battled hard over sixth on the opening lap with King edging ahead on the run to the complex.Hill slipped behind Mitchell Gilbert on lap 15 to drop to eighth and then King lost a position to the Australian too, the latter move even more frustrating as it came as a result of King trying to tee-up his own pass for fifth place. Powell had a fairly uneventful encounter and took the flag in 11th spot, all three Manor drivers posting very similar lap times in the low-to-mid 54 second bracket.In terms of the final championship table, Hill rounds-out the year in seventh position, eight points ahead of King who ends his first season seven points clear of ninth placed Powell. For the Graduate Cup, King concludes the season third with Powell in fourth."It really has been a very tough season, probably one of our most difficult ever", said Manor team co-owner Tony Shaw, "Josh, Jordan and Alice have all had their moments this year, and we've definitely had plenty of bad luck - such as Jordan being taken out while leading at Snetterton. In the end, it wasn't the season we hoped for so we're more fired-up than ever to do well in 2012."Final 2011 Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship Driver Standings:7th Josh Hill, 273pts; 8th Jordan King, 265pts; 9th Alice Powell, 258pts; 12th Ollie Millroy, 152pts

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