Fewtrell takes Maiden Eurocup Win; Fenestraz denies Defourny Second

Max Fewtrell took victory in race one at the Red Bull Ring - Credit: Jean Michel Le Meur / DPPI

Max Fewtrell jumped into the lead into turn one on the opening lap and then withstood pressure from behind to take his maiden Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 victory on Saturday at the Red Bull Ring.

The Tech 1 Racing driver managed to get ahead of polesitter Max Defourny as the lights went out, and drove superbly to defend from the Belgian, who made a couple of attempts to pass the British racer towards the end of the race.

On one occasion, Defourny managed to get inside Fewtrell at turn two, but a better exit from the Briton kept him ahead into turn three. From there on in, Fewtrell was never headed, while the battle allowed Sacha Fenestraz to close up on the leading duo, which would have a dramatic effect on Defourny on the final lap.

Fenestraz managed to get a run on Defourny exiting turn three, and kept his advantage despite going the long way around of turn four, with the move ensuring the young French-Argentine driver moved to the top of the championship standings on 210 points.

Daniel Ticktum just missed out on a podium for Arden Motorsport, finishing on Defourny’s tail, but he was able to capitalise on a lap three mistake at the penultimate corner from Will Palmer to move into fourth.

Palmer’s race then went from bad to worse, as the mistake also saw him fall behind R-ace GP team-mate Robert Shwartzman, before clipping the Russian drivers’ rear wheel with his front wing and falling down the order as a result of the contact. The loss of positions meant that he now falls behind Fenestraz in the championship standings, although by just six points.

Shwartzman also lost momentum, which dropped the SMP Racing-backed Russian down to seventh, with Thomas Randle securing his best result of the season so far in fifth for the AVF by Adrian Vallés team, with Gabriel Aubry following the Australian through into sixth for Tech 1 Racing.

It was worse for Palmer though, as he slipped behind Henrique Chaves, Yifei Ye and Richard Verschoor and out of the points as a result of his heavily damaged front wing, with the Briton eventually ending up twelfth, losing a position in the final laps to Aleksey Korneev. Palmer led home a quintet of cars separated by just 0.680 seconds as he struggled to the line, with Jarno Opmeer, Alex Peroni, Thomas Maxwell and Aleksandr Vartanyan all finishing the race together.

Opmeer will likely drop down the order if found guilty of overtaking at the final corner on the final lap while yellow flags flew for the stopped car of Zane Goddard, while Peroni will be disappointed to spin out of a top ten position on lap four, although he was lucky to avoid retirement as drivers were forced to take avoiding action around the Fortec Motosports car as he stopped briefly on the exit of turn one.

Red Bull Ring Race 1 Result

17Max FewtrellGBRTech 1 Racing18 Laps
211Sacha FenestrazFRAJosef Kaufmann Racing+0.463s
39Max DefournyBELR-ace GP+0.916s
433Daniel TicktumGBRArden Motorsport+1.106s
516Thomas RandleAUSAVF by Adrian Valles+4.384s
64Gabriel AubryFRATech 1 Racing+5.191s
710Robert ShwartzmanRUSR-ace GP+5.948s
813Henrique ChavesPORAVF by Adrian Valles+6.561s
91Yifei YeCHNJosef Kaufmann Racing+10.317s
1029Richard VerschoorNEDMP Motorsport+12.171s
1118Aleksey KorneevRUSFortec Motorsports+25.912s
128Will PalmerGBRR-ace GP+28.097s
1330Jarno OpmeerNEDMP Motorsport+28.259s
1417Alex PeroniAUSFortec Motorsports+28.386s
155Thomas MaxwellAUSTech 1 Racing+28.611s
1623Aleksandr VartanyanRUSJD Motorsport+28.777s
176Thomas NeubauerFRATech 1 Racing+33.150s
1831Neil VerhagenUSAMP Motorsport+33.401s
192Luis LeedsAUSJosef Kaufmann Racing+34.220s
2022Jean Baptiste SimmenauerFRAJD Motorsport+34.621s
2121Sun Yue YangCHNJD Motorsport+34.821s
2212Raul GuzmanMEXR-ace GP+35.063s
2326Presley MartonoINOMark Burdett Motorsport+35.480s
2420Najiy Ayyad bin Abd RazakMALFortec Motorsports+36.925s
2519Frank BirdGBRFortec Motorsports+37.782s
2625Julia PankiewiczPOLMark Burdett Motorsport+52.773s
2714Xavier LloverasESPAVF by Adrian Valles+53.019s
2834Ghislain CordeelBELArden Motorsport+1 Lap
RET93Zane GoddardAUSArden MotorsportRetired
RET15Axel MatusMEXAVF by Adrian VallesRetired