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
|1||1||Max Fewtrell||GBR||R-ace GP||42:45.083|
|2||4||Victor Martins||FRA||R-ace GP||+2.249|
|3||3||Charles Milesi||FRA||R-ace GP||+5.533|
|4||2||Logan Sargeant||USA||R-ace GP||+5.993|
|5||31||Christian Lundgaard||DEN||MP Motorsport||+6.713|
|6||16||Yifei Ye||CHN||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+7.463|
|7||41||Oscar Piastri||AUS||Arden Motorsport||+8.757|
|8||22||Alexander Smolyar||RUS||Tech 1 Racing||+10.635|
|9||32||Alex Peroni||AUS||MP Motorsport||+12.144|
|10||23||Thomas Neubauer||FRA||Tech 1 Racing||+17.182|
|11||62||Thomas Maxwell||AUS||JD Motorsport||+17.505|
|12||21||Neil Verhagen||USA||Tech 1 Racing||+19.087|
|13||87||Arthur Rougier||FRA||Fortec Motorsports||+19.846|
|14||43||Sami Taoufik||MOR||Arden Motorsport||+21.845|
|15||42||Nikita Volegov||RUS||Arden Motorsport||+22.857|
|16||11||Clement Novalak||GBR||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+23.550|
|17||33||Freek Schothorst||NED||MP Motorsport||+24.985|
|18||85||Raul Guzman||MEX||Fortec Motorsports||+25.975|
|19||54||Christian Munoz||COL||AVF by Adrian Valles||+30.878|
|20||91||Doureid Ghattas||DEU||Anders Motorsport||+32.712|
|21||24||Frank Bird||GBR||Tech 1 Racing||+1:05.521|
|22||61||Lorenzo Colombo||ITA||JD Motorsport||+1:17.207|
|23||77||Sharon Scolari||CHE||ScoRace Team||+1:35.101|
|24||5||Gabriel Gandulia||ARG||R-ace GP||+2 Laps|
|RET||53||Eliseo Martinez||ESP||AVF by Adrian Valles||Retired|
|RET||63||Najiy Razak||MYS||JD Motorsport||Retired|
|RET||51||Axel Matus||MEX||AVF by Adrian Valles||Retired|
|DNS||90||Phil Hill||DEU||Anders Motorsport||Did Not Start|