Fewtrell Dominates at the Nurburgring as R-ace GP go 1-2-3-4

by Paul Hensby
Max Fewtrell - R-ace GP - Nurburgring

Max Fewtrell led a fantastic 1-2-3-4 for R-ace GP to win the second Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 series race of the weekend at the Nurburgring, with the team securing the Teams’ title as a result.

Despite an early safety car that turned into a red flag thanks to the inability of the marshals to remove the damaged car of Axel Matus from the start/finish straight after the Mexican was spun around by Neil Verhagen, Fewtrell was able to retain his lead throughout, ultimately winning by 2.249 seconds from team-mate and fellow Renault Sport Academy member Victor Martins.

The victory for Fewtrell also moves him back firmly into championship contention, sitting second behind Christian Lundgaard of MP Motorsport, who could only manage fifth at the chequered flag as R-ace GP locked out the top four, Fewtrell and Martins being followed home by their team-mates Charles Milesi and Logan Sargeant.

Behind the leading five was Yifei Ye of Josef Kaufmann Racing who, despite two sixth place finishes across the weekend dropped to third in the championship standings, while seventh went the way of Australian racer Oscar Piastri of Arden Motorsport.

Alexander Smolyar took his second top eight finish of the weekend for Tech 1 Racing ahead of Alex Peroni of MP Motorsport, while Thomas Neubauer took only his second points finish of the season in tenth, with the Tech 1 Racing driver holding off the challenge of JD Motorsport’s Thomas Maxwell until the chequered flag.

The Red Bull-backed Verhagen finished twelfth but was handed a post-race penalty for causing the collision with Matus, with the American having to take a two-place grid drop next time out at the Hockenheimring, while Eliseo Martinez of AVF by Adrian Valles will take a one-place penalty for speeding in the pit lane after he retired before a drive-through penalty could be handed out.

The Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup class was won for a fourth consecutive race by Anders Motorsport’s Doureid Ghattas, although team-mate Phil Hill was a non-starter after issues ahead of the race.

This allowed ScoRace Team’s Sharon Scolari to take second place despite being well off the pace, while R-ace GP’s Gabriel Gandulia completed the podium albeit two laps down, with the Argentine race having stopped in the pits for repairs.

But no one had an answer for Fewtrell or for R-ace GP, with the team heading into the final two rounds of the season knowing they are the 2018 Teams’ Champions.

Nurburgring Race 2 Result

11Max FewtrellGBRR-ace GP42:45.083
24Victor MartinsFRAR-ace GP+2.249
33Charles MilesiFRAR-ace GP+5.533
42Logan SargeantUSAR-ace GP+5.993
531Christian LundgaardDENMP Motorsport+6.713
616Yifei YeCHNJosef Kaufmann Racing+7.463
741Oscar PiastriAUSArden Motorsport+8.757
822Alexander SmolyarRUSTech 1 Racing+10.635
932Alex PeroniAUSMP Motorsport+12.144
1023Thomas NeubauerFRATech 1 Racing+17.182
1162Thomas MaxwellAUSJD Motorsport+17.505
1221Neil VerhagenUSATech 1 Racing+19.087
1387Arthur RougierFRAFortec Motorsports+19.846
1443Sami TaoufikMORArden Motorsport+21.845
1542Nikita VolegovRUSArden Motorsport+22.857
1611Clement NovalakGBRJosef Kaufmann Racing+23.550
1733Freek SchothorstNEDMP Motorsport+24.985
1885Raul GuzmanMEXFortec Motorsports+25.975
1954Christian MunozCOLAVF by Adrian Valles+30.878
2091Doureid GhattasDEUAnders Motorsport+32.712
2124Frank BirdGBRTech 1 Racing+1:05.521
2261Lorenzo ColomboITAJD Motorsport+1:17.207
2377Sharon ScolariCHEScoRace Team+1:35.101
245Gabriel GanduliaARGR-ace GP+2 Laps
RET53Eliseo MartinezESPAVF by Adrian VallesRetired
RET63Najiy RazakMYSJD MotorsportRetired
RET51Axel MatusMEXAVF by Adrian VallesRetired
DNS90Phil HillDEUAnders MotorsportDid Not Start

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