Renault Sport Academy Driver Max Fewtrell took an impressive fifth place in race one of the Formula Renault Eurocup at Paul Ricard to move to the top of the rookie standings.
Max battled his way from thirteenth on the grid to take sixth spot – including a slick move on Charles Milesi on the final lap – in the opening race in Le Castellet.
Max moved up a place after the race following the stewards’ decision to give winner Robert Shwartzman a 25 second penalty after a collision with Sacha Fenestraz.
And with rookie rival Dan Ticktum retiring from the race, Max heads into race two on Sunday morning as the number one rookie in the series.
The 18-year-old, driving for Tech-1 Racing, will start the second race from eighth place and has a podium finish in his sights on the circuit which will host the 2018 Formula 1 French Grand Prix.
Jarno Opmeer secured a first points finish since Hungary in July as he finished in 12th place, moving up to 11th after Shwartzman’s penalty. The Dutchman took the final point due to Milesi, a wildcard entry, being ineligible to score points.
Jarno remains 19th in the standings and will be aiming to add more points in race two where he starts from 16th.
Sun Yue Yang finished in 21st place and will start the second race in 30th position.
All three drivers will be aiming to finish the weekend off well as the 2017 Eurocup series enters the home stretch.
Max Fewtrell (Tech-1 Racing, #7)
6th, 1st Rookie - 119 points – 16/23 races completed
“It’s a pretty good result in the end. I had a good opening lap and managed to overtake three cars and then got Milesi on the last lap. I’m really happy, it’s good points especially for the rookie title. We’re still working on the car as we’ve been struggling all week. We’re making some good improvements so I’m happy with that. A trophy from eighth on the grid tomorrow is the target, that will be hard but I’ve got the team around me to do it so I’m looking forward to it.”
Jarno Opmeer (MP Motorsport, #30)
19th, 10th Rookie – 5 points – 16/23 races completed
“I’m really pleased to get a points finish. I made two mistakes on the first lap and lost a couple of places. But I was able to make up a few more places to get a twelfth place finish. The pace was really good, especially the final five laps – it was a shame not to move up a bit higher. I’m feeling positive for the race tomorrow. I need to focus on my starts off the line and being quick from lap one. Top ten is the aim.”
Sun Yue Yang (JD Motorsport, #21)
30th, 17th Rookie – 0 points – 15/23 races completed
“It was a decent race for me. I had a bit of a spin midway through the race but I was able to close the gap to some cars after that. My speed was pretty good, I had enough pace to make some overtakes including on my team-mate on the final lap. The start wasn’t that great so tomorrow I need to improve that and make sure I learn from today.”
Round Eight : Circuit Paul Ricard, France (BST +1)
Sunday 27th August
Race 2 – 10:30-11:00