Formula Renault Eurocup at Red Bull Ring: Wins for Fewtrell and Fenestraz
The seventh round of the 2017 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup takes place at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. Max Fewtrell (Tech 1 Racing) won the race on Saturday, Sacha Fenestraz (Josef Kaufmann Racing) was the race winner on Sunday.
After fifteen races in 2017, Sacha Fenestraz is a championship leader with three more rounds and eight races scheduled for the rest of the season.
For the 17-year-old British driver Max Fewtrell it’s the maiden Eurocup victory in his rookie season as the Renault Sport Academy student. He started from the front row in Saturday’s race, next to the pole winner Max Defourny (R-ace GP). Sacha Fenestraz (Josef Kaufmann Racing) and Will Palmer (R-ace GP) started from the second row.
When the lights went out, Max Fewtrell had the best start and he overtook Max Defourny at the exit of turn one. Later in the race, Fewtrell resisted Defourny’s attacks and clinched his maiden victory. On the last lap, Sacha Fenestraz managed to overtake Defourny for the second place and for the overall championship lead after 14 races.
Daniel Ticktum (Arden) crossed the finish line fourth, but the 10-second penalty moved him to P9. That promoted Thomas Randle (AVF) to P4, followed by Gabriel Aubry (Tech 1 Racing), Robert Shwartzman (R-ace GP), Henrique Chaves (AVF) and Yifei Ye (Josef Kaufmann Racing). Alexey Korneev (Fortec Motorsports) completed the top 10.
In the second race, Sacha Fenestraz dominated from lights to flag, converting his fourth pole position of the season into third victory. Gabriel Aubry started next to him in the front row, losing P2 on the opening lap to Will Palmer. Fenestraz was building an advantage lap by lap, having more then three seconds gap on lap 7 when Safety car came out following Axel Matus – Presely Martono clash in turn 4.
At the restart, Fenestraz defended his lead but one more Safety Car intervention followed shortly after on lap 12 when Thomas Maxwell stopped in turn 3. Fenestraz stayed in front at the next restart, building 1.214 seconds of advantageahead of Will Palmer until the checkered flag after 16 laps.
Gabriel Aubry finished the race in the third place with a significant gap over fourth-placed Max Fewtrell. Other point scorers in the Race 2 are Dan Ticktum, Thomas Randle, Yifei Ye, Max Defourny, Robert Shwartzman and Henrique Chaves (AVF).
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