Bishop's Stortford motorsport stars Callum Ilott and Ashley Sutton maintain their title charges in F2 and British Touring Car Championship
Callum Ilott heads to Barcelona this weekend at the top of the FIA Formula Two Championship after racing into the lead at Silverstone.
The 21-year-old UNI Virtuosi-Racing driver secured his second F2 win in the feature race before coming sixth in the reverse-grid sprint race.
Former Bishop's Stortford College student Ilott, who was also first in qualifying, has built up a 19-point advantage over ART Grand Prix's Christian Lundgaard at the top of the leaderboard.
Ilott started on the softer tyres in Saturday's feature race and managed to stay out one lap longer than most of his rivals on the same strategy. He began to work his way back through the field before the late pit stoppers changed tyres.
Once the cycle of pit stops was complete, Ilott had a huge lead and, thanks to his team's tyre management skills, he scorched to victory eight-and-a-half seconds clear of the rest of the field.
"As weekends go, it couldn't really have gone any better than that," said the Ferrari Driver Academy star.
"Qualifying was amazing once again – to take pole position at your home circuit is a surreal feeling and gave us the best possible chance for a good result on Saturday.
"To get another win, at home and by eight seconds, was the best result we could possibly hope for and the only way to recover from last weekend.
"It felt amazing to stand on the top step of the podium and we also managed to take back the lead of the championship for good measure."
A change in the wind direction made overtaking more difficult for Sunday's sprint race and a slight error early on gave Ilott some ground to make up.
He felt he could have made more progress as his rivals suffered badly with their tyres, but he was still glad to bank some extra points towards his title push.
"Walking away from the weekend with another win and the championship lead is fantastic. The team was brilliant all weekend and, as always, I'm hugely grateful for all the hard work they put in to get us these results," said Ilott.
"Now we'll focus on Barcelona and make sure we bring the same performance there as well."
Meanwhile, Ashley Sutton is up to second in the standings after two podium finishes in the latest round of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship.
The 26-year-old Bishop's Stortford driver, who competes for Laser Tools Racing, had a frustrating start to the weekend at Brands Hatch as a broken heat exchanger limited his running in Saturday practice, leaving him having completed only a handful of laps heading into qualifying.
Losing one of his fastest times due to exceeding track limits, the 2017 champion ultimately went on to secure 14th place on the grid for the opening encounter.
Maintaining a steady pace, Sutton soon took advantage of issues for those in front of him and progressed through the field, crossing the line in sixth.
In the second race, the former Birchwood High School pupil went past Tom Chilton and Ollie Jackson before, with a handful of laps to go, a mechanical failure for Dan Cammish promoted Sutton into third.
He then narrowly missed out on victory in the reverse-grid race, moving up from 10th and doing all he could to find a way past Tom Oliphant before having to settle for second spot.
As well as being second on the leaderboard, Sutton has also gone top of the independent drivers' championship ahead of rounds seven, eight and nine at Oulton Park on August 22 and 23.
"I'm happy to come away with two podiums this weekend; considering we were on the back foot after not running in FP2 we can't complain with the results we've had," said Sutton.
"Missing FP2 meant we were playing catch up and after qualifying 14th we were in for a busy race day. The car was mega though and we kept our nose clean in races one and two, picking up some great points and some silverware.
"I had a mega start race three, got my elbows out and managed to get towards the front early on in race but despite throwing everything I had at Tom I couldn't get the win. I think the weight we had on-board hindered us a bit but second is still a fantastic result.
"It's been a solid start to the season and everyone at Laser Tools Racing and BMR Engineering has done a phenomenal job. We've now got a few days to take stock and see what improvements we can make before Oulton Park in a couple of weeks."