Silverstone Joy For Penicuik Formula One Hopeful
Local teenager tops podium in Protyre Formula Renault Championship
Penicuik’s own racing star and Formula One hopeful, Colin Noble Jnr, took pole position in a fierce race at Silverstone last month before coming fifth in the overall series.
The Protyre Formula Renault season drew to a close at the end of September, bringing with it success for local seventeen year old Colin Noble Jnr. The son and protege of ‘Radical’ race driver Colin Noble, took pole position in round fourteen of the championship and then fought off his competitors to win the race.
Colin’s victory at the Silverstone National Circuit on Saturday 27 September was a first for the young racer who, up till then, had not secured a a coveted first place. However the, mostly, faultless performance on the the day saw him retain his position throughout the race, finishing just six hundredths of a second in front of table-topping rival Piers Hickin. Who would win the close knit eighteen lap race was anyone’s guess entering the finish line straight but Colin had his eyes clearly fixed on the winners trophy. Speaking after the race , he said:
I’m really happy with the win – at the end I was just looking for the line and making sure my nose was ahead. We made a few changes after qualifying and we were really quick early on, it started to get close at the end though and I made a couple of mistakes.
Colin is now reflecting upon his memorable first year in the championship, having achieved a commendable fifth place in the final standings.
The Protyre Formula Renault has propelled many youngsters upwards towards Formula One, and should Colin keep up the good work, he could become a prominent face in the motor racing.