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15 AUGUST, 2016 – In another dramatic and action-packed weekend for Ford’s young stars, Max Fewtrell gave a magnificent display of racing talent to regain the lead in the championship.
Showing supreme pace in early testing on Friday, Max was caught out by a drying track in the final minutes of a tricky qualifying session. Lining up 12th on the grid for Race One, the newly turned 17-year-old focused on fighting his way through the pack. With a fiery determination, Fewtrell pushed his Ford EcoBoost racer to the limit, chasing down every valuable championship point. Relentlessly challenging Pull and Leeds to the line to finish in 7th, the penultimate lap saw the Carlin superstar post the fastest lap of the race.
Lining up in 8th on the reverse grid for an electrifying race two, fearless Fewtrell gave a shining performance around the 1.27-mile Knockhill circuit. Channeling all his experience and raw aptitude for racing, the talented young Brit charged his way through with expertly executed passes to catch the leading pack. With an intense battle between Florescu and DeFrancesco ahead, the championship contenders tangling together in a desperate bid for glory. Biding his time, poised for the pounce, Fewtrell held his position in a thrilling 13-car challenge to the flag. A dramatic collision between Florescu and DeFrancesco, gave Fewtrell the opportunity to take the final podium step, extending his flawless run of podium-scoring weekends. With a trackside altercation leading to Florescu’s exclusion from the race meeting, Fewtrell’s superb consistency secured the championship lead.
With an encouraging boost to his championship fight, Fewtrell spoke of his performance: “It was like karting all over again. I did a few good moves to get myself up the order and then I was just waiting, ready to pounce. I think I did well and I’m happy with the podium after a difficult Saturday.”
In another display of incredible wheel-to-wheel action, Max fought hard to finish 5th in the final race, netting a valuable haul of points to maintain the gap ahead of nearest rival Luis Leeds.
In a difficult weekend for the Carlin team, Max reflected on his determination and focus, wise beyond his years: “You’ve always got to keep an open mind and try to place yourself in the right position to be in the right place at the right time. Sometimes it goes your way and sometimes it doesn’t. Thankfully today it did.”
Moving into the final stages of the championship, the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford heads to Rockingham on 27-28th August for the next round of exceptional wheel-to-wheel racing. Hungry as ever, Max is perfectly poised to extend his championship lead.