Max Fewtrell on the Title: “This is the Time to Perform”

Max Fewtrell celebrates only his second victory of the season after Billy Monger (left) temporarily lost power on the final lap. // Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

F4 British Championship leader Max Fewtrell extended his gap at the top of the standings. A fantastic Rockingham weekend saw the 17-year-old collect podiums in all three races, recording his second victory of the season.

The Rockingham weekend was no exception. The Carlin driver avoided the start line chaos to jump into the podium positions and once again collect a third place. While he did finish behind title rivals Luis Leeds and eventual winner, Sennan Fielding in race two, he hit back in the final event.

Wet weather, that had plagued Saturday, was gone by Sunday as Billy Monger started his first race from pole position. The Australian proved he was more than capable of fighting at the front, as the positions changed behind him.

Going into the final lap, Fewtrell had worked his way up to second, past rival Fielding. Monger though was fighting an oil pressure issue and the constant left hand corners leading into Deene saw the problem escalate on the exit of the turn. Fewtrell and Fielding simply drove past the stranded Monger who came home third after his few seconds without power.

“Monger drove really well,” started Fewtrell. “He was unlucky, but this sport can be like that.

“It can be cruel, but obviously today it was good for us and you have to be there to take the chance. Fielding was coming at us towards the end. Defending and attacking at the same time is probably the hardest thing to do.

“It’s been another good weekend for us. This is the time to perform, I think I was holding back a little too much in the middle part of the season, but when the championship is this close you have got to start taking risks.”

Over the course of the season, Fewtrell has proven himself to be a measure of consistency. While wins have been lacking, thirteen podiums and the fact he’s only finished two races outside of the top six ensures that he leads the way by 25 points with two rounds to go.

He is now the only Carlin driver in the top three of the championship, though team-mate James Pull collected his first win of the season in race one.