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Tveter Finishes Sixth At Silverstone
Posted by: newsla on May 29, 2014 - 03:14 PM
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Tveter Finishes Sixth At Silverstone


Ryan Tveter of Oyster Bay, N.Y. finished sixth in Sunday's Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup race at Silverstone to cap an action-packed doubleheader.

 

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Tveter was part of a 26-driver field that battled for position in ever-changing weather and extraordinary track conditions which included standing water, wind and even a tow truck on the track at the start of Saturday's race, in which he finished 15th.

The points Tveter earned on Sunday were crucial, as neither of his teammates finished that race. Tveter drives for Josef Kaufmann Racing, which is currently leading the team point standings.

Tveter started sixth in Sunday's race with his #16, which carries the colors of the Game Ready Injury Treatment System and Switzerland's Autobau conference center and racing museum. Tveter, who turned 20 on May 20, moved up to fifth early in the 13-lap, 22-minute race, and then got fourth when the driver who was second, Ben Barnicoat, went off course with about 18 minutes remaining.

Tveter remained in fourth place, about 1 second behind the third-place driver, Steijn Schothorst, until he made a small mistake and lost two positions with a little over 9 minutes remaining. Jake Hughes passed him on the following lap to push him to seventh.

He stayed in seventh place until the driver who was fourth, Louis Deletraz, who is one of his teammates, stopped on the course with a little more than 4 minutes remaining. That put Tveter in sixth and he finished in that position, 1.378 seconds behind the fifth-place driver, Hughes, and 1.306 seconds ahead of the seventh-place driver, Ukyo Sasahara.

The drivers who placed first and second, respectively, polesitter Seb Morris and Callan O'Keefe, had a comfortable advantage over the final podium finisher, Schothorst, at the checkered.

Sunday's race was held under dry conditions with white, puffy clouds above the 3.660-mile, 18-turn road course that hosts the British Grand Prix.

Tveter started and finished 15th in Saturday's race, held under dry conditions but on a track that had standing puddles and ensuing spray in places. Since all the cars were using slick tires, prudence was very important.

The start was unsettling as a tow truck was still on the track in the process of retrieving the car of Roberta Siksa, who spun on the formation lap and couldn't continue. The field managed to miss all that and Tveter improved one spot on the first lap. He was passed on the next lap, however, and remained in 15th place throughout the 22-minute race.

For the bulk of the race he ran between Roy Geerts and Julio Moreno. Morris spun out of the sixth position with about seven minutes remaining and rejoined the field right in front of Tveter. At the checkered flag Tveter was trailing Morris by 1.9 of a second, and he was 4.5 seconds ahead of Moreno when he crossed the finish line.

Levin Anweg won that race over the polesitter, Aurelien Panis, and Hughes, who started and finished third.

Tveter's qualifying time for Saturday's race was a 2:00.223. His qualifying time for Sunday's race, which put him much further up on the grid in sixth place, was a 2:15.267 in the rain. He led the standings for much of that qualifying session.

"We had some issues, but I was able to finish both races," Tveter said. "My car was fast in the wet but we struggled in the dry. I was in line for a top-five finish in Sunday's race, but we'll take sixth and be glad that we earned enough points to keep the team on top of the team point standings."

For more information on Tveter, who is currently on a leave of absence from his engineering studies at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., see his website at RyanTveter.com. He is also on Facebook at Facebook.com/RyanTveter and he's @RyanTveter on Twitter. He posts on-board video on his YouTube channel too.

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