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9 MAY, 2016 – Max Fewtrell gave a fearless performance, to fight back to a podium following a disastrous first two races at Thruxton. Heading into the weekend as the championship leader, Max battled hard to claim back valuable points, in thrilling Round 9. Minimising the championship gap to just 5 points.
A sun-soaked Thruxton, offered the first fully dry weekend of the year, setting the championship up for a fast and furious three rounds. With a promising third place on the grid for the first race of the weekend, Fewtrell lined up behind Carlin team-mates Petru Florescu and Devlin DeFrancesco.
In a calamitous race one, a fantastic launch from the line, shot Max to P2. Before unfortunately, losing out to a fierce encounter with Fielding and DeFrancesco. But a wheel-to-wheel battle for P4 with James Pull, saw an alarming clash between the two youngsters. A lunge from Pull, to maintain the position, spectacularly launched Fewtrell through the air. His Ford EcoBoost-powered car perilously tumbled head-over-tyres, eventually landing on top of the tyre barrier. Escaping unharmed, the valiant racer Max turned his attention to the remaining races and closing the championship gap to race winner Petru Florescu.
A fraught start to the weekend, led to further disappointment in a hectic race two. Engaging in last lap battle for position with Fielding and Hayek, the trio collided, leaving Max stranded at Club chicane.
Undeterred by previous incidents, the 16-year-old showed his bold racing spirit and confidence in the final race. A thrilling 5-way challenge to the flag, expertly showcased the raw talent of the young drivers in the British F4 championship. Max engaged right in the thick of the action, skillfully both chasing and defending at every turn. His ability and determination saw him triumph to the final step of the podium, behind Carlin’s Devlin DeFrancesco and JHR’s Billy Monger in 2nd.
“I hung in there and kept going. I think that last race wasn’t really about pace because of the slipstream effect around here. It’s all about using that slipstream to your advantage and timing moves to perfection which is what I tried to do.”
A chaotic weekend for the Carlin outfit saw victory and misfortune, with the championship lead slipping away. But excellent final performance from Fewtrell, ensured just 5 points separate him from championship leader Sennan Fielding.
Reflecting on a difficult weekend, Max commented:
“To grab a podium after a really tough weekend and the big incidents in races one and two is a good confidence booster”
As the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford heads to Oulton Park on 4-5th June, for the next round of exceptional wheel-to-wheel racing. Max sets his sights firmly on re-claiming the championship lead.