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3 OCTOBER, 2016 – In sensational, nail-biting fashion, Max Fewtrell fired his way to become the 2016 FIA British Formula 4 Champion, with an electrifying lights-to-flag victory in the final race. The 16-year-old Carlin driver secured his first single-seater title, following an unbeatable maiden campaign.
With it all to fight for in the final round, fearless Fewtrell gave a supreme charge from pole position to clinch the title, just 0.8s clear of nearest rival Sennan Fielding. Wrapping up the constructor’s and driver’s title, for a superb second year in a row for the Carlin outfit.
Heading into the season finale, Fewtrell lay three points behind Fielding, following a difficult penultimate meeting at Silverstone. With the title on the line, Fewtrell harnessed every ounce of his talent and hunger, to give a champion performance throughout the final three races. Earning two podiums and a win, the formidable youngster proved his place as one of most promising young drivers in single-seaters.
Following the exclusion of Caroline’s provisional pole position times from qualifying, Fewtrell’s weekend got off to the perfect start, lining up in pole position for both race one & three. Struggling for grip off the line in race one, Fewtrell pushed hard to maintain the lead, losing out to teammate Pull as he cut across to take the position into Druids. Unflustered by the tricky conditions, the collected racer swept his way around the 2.4332-mile circuit, battling to keep the car on track and maintain his position. With more experienced racer Fielding hounding the back of his Ford Ecoboost charger in the dying minutes of the race, Fewtrell relented to the JHR driver’s late lunge on the final lap.
With his focus firmly on the long weekend ahead, Fewtrell reflected: “Sennan was two seconds quicker at the end and his experience definitely helps him in these kind of situations. I saw the rate he was coming at me and I felt there was no point in risking a shunt.”
Starting from 5th in race two, a four-way battle for second, gave a thrilling display of nose-to-tail racing. With Fewtrell firmly in the thick of it, he powered his fast-paced Carlin to challenge Florescu for the duration. Managing to hold off the chase of Martins & Fielding behind, the four separated by only less than a second. Fewtrell powered across the line, clinching third by a whisker.
On pole position for the title decider, Fewtrell launched from the start to a supremely executed lights-to-flag victory. Treated to tense 20 minute race, Fielding powered from sixth, but was unable to find a way passed Simmons in 2nd place. As the chequered flag dropped on the 2016 season, a jubilant Fewtrell punched the air as crossed the line to a superb race win and the championship title.
“I’m over the moon; I’m a bit shocked as it was so close and the fight went down to the wire, but to pull it off with a win is the icing on the cake, I couldn’t be happier. Obviously it was a mega job by the team, who were always up there all year. It just feels fantastic.”
Speaking about the season, Carlin team principal Trevor Carlin added: “Once again we’ve seen how competitive the F4 British Championship is and the fight this year, with various drivers and teams has really proven what a great proving ground the series is for young drivers. I’m incredibly proud of the guys for clinching teams’ title once again, which has truly been down to the hard work of every individual team member and driver. Max beat a number of very talented drivers and when it mattered, he drove like a champion and thoroughly deserved the title after a very consistent season.”
With 358 points across 30 races, Max Fewtrell was crowned champion of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford. Adding an illustrious 12 FIA super licence points to his name, Max looks ahead to a prize FIA European F3 test with Motopark courtesy of F4 British Championship partner and tyre supplier Hankook.