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29 AUGUST, 2016 – A stellar weekend for the championship leader, saw the 17-year-old racer fiercely fight to claim his elusive second win of the season. Demonstrating his ability to master all conditions, Max Fewtrell mounted the podium for every race of the tricky weekend — continuing his unrivalled display of consistency and taking his podium count to 13.
Showing his hand in changeable conditions, Fewtrell qualified in fifth for race one on a damp and greasy track, just two-tenths shy of pole sitter Pull. Sticking to the dry line throughout the session, the talented young Brit proved his pace to net third for race two.
A fully wet track set the scene for a thrilling display of young talent in race one, with wheel spin at the start, Fewtrell lost out to Monger at turn one. Confident in the treacherous conditions, Fewtrell flawlessly fought his way through the pack with each lap of the 1.94-mile sweeping circuit. Triumphing in a wheel-to-wheel battle with Fielding, saw Fewtrell claim the final step of the podium extending his championship lead.
A perilous start to race two saw the front drivers go four abreast as they dove for the first corner, all managing to narrowly escape. Keeping his cool at the safety car restart, Fewtrell focused on maximising every advantage to claim another point-scoring podium. Managing the slipstream of Caroline, the skilful racer flew down the inside to take third, chasing the tail of Leeds to the flag.
With a string of valuable podium positions under his belt, Fewtrell set about chasing the his elusive second victory of the season. Pushing his Ford EcoBoost racer to the limit, the Carlin superstar fiercely battled team-mate Florescu in the opening stages, completing the pass into Deene on lap seven. With race-leader Monger in his sights and championship rival Fielding on his tail, Fewtrell gave a superb display of his racing talent to challenge and defend his way to the line. His persistence paid off, as Monger struggled with a technical problem, Fewtrell seized the opportunity to clinch the win on the final lap.
Speaking of his fortune, Fewtrell was quick to praise rival Monger’s efforts:
“Monger drove really well. 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”
Claiming a valuable championship points haul, Fewtrell looked ahead to the remaining two rounds with a renewed sense of fight:
“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.”
Fewtrell extends his championship lead to 24 points as the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford heads to Silverstone on the 17th – 18th September.