A trio of wins became Pietro Fittipaldi’s reward for making the journey from MGR Motorsport’s base at Shepshead, Leicester to Snetterton. The now runaway championship leader took his eighth consecutive race win in the Protyre Formula Renault championship on the 300 layout f the Norfolk venue.
It wasn’t as easy in the final of three races though as Alex Gill from Fortec Motorsport had things to prove and made a rocket ship start from row two of the grid to challenge the pole sitter into Riches. He heaped pressure on the leader, racing nose to tail for much of the early action. After twelve laps Fittipaldi had only managed to build a half second advantage.
It was a similar story behind as Scorpio Motorsport’s Piers Hickin struggled to first keep pace with, then to pass, the second MGR machine of Tarun Reddy. Hickin managed to get the advantage over the Force India ‘One from a Billion’ competition winner on the fourth lap with a brave move at Agostini. With Fittipaldi and Gill already long gone, Hickin settled down for a lonely and uneventful run to the flag.
While the two leaders provided great action the show to watch was the battle for fifth. A three way slog for the spot was headed by TJ Fischer at the flag but for the entire race the American was forced to scrap with the MGR duo of Colin Noble Jr and Matteo Ferrer. The struggle was eventually won by Fischer but with only a 0.2 second margin over Noble.
Ferrer was just 0.4 seconds further back.
A surprisingly strong performance from SWB Motorsport’s Jack Butel put the Jersey based youngster into eighth place ahead of MTech Lite’s Hayden Edmunds. The MTech rookie had been edging into the struggle for fifth place until a spin dropped him down the order and left him three and a half seconds in deficit to the SWB car.
A first lap off track event for the Cliff Dempsey Racing machine of Patrick Dassault put him over thirty seconds down on Edmunds at the end of the race.
Pietro Fittipaldi was delighted with his weekends work. He said, “The last race was a bit harder but we stayed consistent and were able to get another win. The team has done a great job, I’m just driving – it’s the team that does all of the preparation and I can’t thank them enough.”