Renault Sport Academy Driver Max Fewtrell picked up a win and a second place at the Nürburgring to close the gap to fellow Academy member Christian Lundgaard to 13.5 points at the top of the Formula Renault Eurocup Drivers’ Championship.
Max had to battle for his second place in race one after Christian overtook him at the start, putting the British driver down to third in the early running. But he bounced back well, passing the Dane with a well calculated move around the outside of turns one and two to retake second spot.
In race two, Max dominated after starting from pole position, capping off a memorable weekend by taking the fastest lap of the race.
Christian left with strong finishes of third and fifth, with Victor Martins also on the rostrum after finishing second in race two behind Max. The Frenchman narrowly missed out on a podium in race one after his fourth place, with Arthur Rougier in the points for the third round in a row after a tenth place in race one.
Next up for the quartet is the second German round in as many weeks at Hockenheim, before the season finale in Barcelona in October.
Max Fewtrell (R-ace GP), 2nd, 201.5 points: “It was a really good weekend at the Nürburgring. It was a near perfect one as we had pole position in our group in both qualifying sessions, with one of them outright pole. Then we had a second and a win in the races, which was awesome. We knew we had the pace from the get go, but we needed to maximise the pace we had and translate that into points, which we did really well. The championship fight is really on now going into the last two rounds and I’m super excited to see how it pans out. I know we can do it.”
Christian Lundgaard (MP Motorsport), 1st (1st Rookie), 215 points: “We scored important points this weekend as we didn’t have the pace for more than what we achieved. We were best of the rest behind the R-ace GP team, who were very quick all weekend. That was probably all we could do and it has made us stronger as a team. We learnt a lot from the weekend and we will definitely be extracting everything from those lessons at the last two rounds of the season.”
Victor Martins (R-ace GP), 4th (2nd Rookie): 171 points: “Overall it was a good weekend, where we had good pace in the car, so thanks to the great work of the team who were rewarded with the team’s title. A mistake in Q1 left me without a very good result on Saturday, but we learnt from these errors and I put it right with a good lap in qualifying before finishing second in the race. I’m super determined and excited for the next round and I hope for the best results possible.”
Arthur Rougier (Fortec Motorsport), 15th (8th Rookie), 25 points: “It was a really a tough weekend for us. We struggled to find a good balance with the car and we did not find a high level of grip with the set-up all weekend. In race one, I made a great start to move up to tenth and I ended race two where I started. It’s been the toughest weekend so far in terms of pace, so I can be pleased to take a point. I’m feeling confident for the next race weekend, where we feel the car will be better suited.”