FIA British Formula 4 Champion Max Fewtrell visits class of 2017

11 APRIL, 2017 – A scintillating start to the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost campaign at Brands Hatch received some added magic with a visit from 2016 title winner Max Fewtrell.

Since being crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion, Fewtrell’s career has continued to hit new heights; the 17-year-old taking another step toward becoming a Formula 1 driver by joining Renault’s F1 Academy.

“It’s been a year since my first race in the F4 British Championship and it was kind of strange being back as a spectator as opposed to a driver, but it was actually nice to see everything from a different perspective,” said Fewtrell.

“As a driver you’re so focused on the job you have to do and that means you don’t necessarily get to enjoy other aspects. It was brilliant to be back. I’ve got so many great memories of racing in British F4.

“I would love to take part in a British F4 race again, even if I had to start last and come through the pack. It would be so much fun.”

Fewtrell was also keen to pay testament to the UK’s leading junior single-seater series: “I think doing my first year in cars in British F4 was vital for my career. The competition is so close in the championship and it teaches you how to perform under pressure.

“Racing in British F4 helped me in every aspect of my career. I’m now on an F1 junior driver programme and I hope that one day I’ll be visiting British F4 again as a fully-fledged Formula 1 driver.”

Fewtrell, part of the same Infinity Sports Management stable that looks after 2017 British F4 racer Logan Sargeant, took the Ford EcoBoost-powered title with Carlin in his first full season of car racing last year.

He recorded a remarkable 16 podiums, including three race victories and couldn’t resist casting an eye on the 2017 field: “I think Arden and Carlin look absolutely on it this season, but it’s still early days. The others aren’t going to be standing still. I’m sure they will get stronger as the season progresses and soon be challenging at the front too.”

FIA British Formula 4 Champion takes step closer to Formula 1

  • Ford EcoBoost-powered FIA F4 champion Max Fewtrell joins Renault F1 Academy.

21 FEBRUARY, 2017 – FIA British Formula 4 Champion Max Fewtrell has taken another step forward to becoming a Formula 1 driver following his successful campaign in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford. Fewtrell has been announced by Renault as one of its Junior Academy drivers for 2017.

Fewtrell, part of the same Infinity Sports Management stable that looks after new Mercedes F1 protege George Russell, won the British F4 title with Carlin in his first full season of car racing last year. He recorded a remarkable 16 podiums, including three race victories.

17-year-old Fewtrell will contest the Formula Renault Eurocup for Tech 1 Racing in 2017.

FIA British Formula 4 Champion Max Fewtrell wins Henry Ford Trophy at BRSCC Awards

  • FIA British Formula 4 Champion Max Fewtrell wins prestigious Henry Ford Trophy for extraordinary human endeavour.
  • Rookie class champion Alex Quinn and vice-champion Ayrton Simmons receive awards.

6 FEBRUARY, 2017 – Stars of the 2016 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford season were out in force on Saturday for the BRSCC Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon. It was a night to remember for champion Max Fewtrell whose phenomenal performance in 2016 saw him presented with the prestigious Henry Ford Trophy by Gerard Quinn, Senior Manager, Ford Performance Europe, for human endeavour in the field of motorsports.

Introduced in 2015 and previously awarded to FIA British Formula 4 Champion Lando Norris, the trophy was commissioned by Ford Motor Company and recognises the person who Ford believes has shown extraordinary endeavour throughout the year.

Explained Fewtrell: “It’s a huge honour to receive the Henry Ford Trophy, especially with Lando’s name engraved on it alongside mine. To be following in his footsteps with what I achieved in British F4 hopefully means I’m going in the right direction.

“It’s been a fantastic evening. Being involved in British F4 and with Ford is amazing. To have my name even mentioned in the same sentence as Henry Ford’s really is a huge honour. It’s awesome.

“Racing in British F4 in 2016 was the perfect first year in single-seaters. The championship gives you everything you need to help you learn and progress. It’s the complete package and the best way to start racing cars. I don’t think I would be in the position I’m in now without the F4 British Championship.”

2016’s leading British F4 rookie drivers Alex Quinn and Ayrton Simmons also took to the stage to receive their awards for the season which were presented by BRSCC vice chairman Peter Daly.

Said Rookie Champion Quinn: “2016 was a great year for me. Celebrating with all the British F4 family on a night like this is a lot of fun. Collecting my award with Max and Ayrton receiving theirs too, along with all the other BRSCC championships is brilliant. It’s a truly great club to be a part of.

“There are so many people here tonight who are doing excellent things in motorsport and then you have the likes of Jenson Button, who is a Formula Ford Champion, winning the BRSCC John Nicol Trophy which is really cool.

“To think that Max, Ayrton and I are in the same position in British F4 as Jenson was a number of years ago is really special.

“The F4 British Championship is a fantastic platform, especially as a rookie. My plans still aren’t confirmed for 2017, but I’m sure that winning the Rookie Cup in British F4 will be the perfect foundation for whatever I choose to do.”

Images by Gary Hawkins Photography.

British F4 2016 season review: Ford-powered Fewtrell pushed to the max

22 DECEMBER, 2016 – Take a look at the final standings for the 2016 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford and you could be forgiven for thinking that the campaign was almost identical to the 2015 MSA Formula season. Carlin Teams Cup victors and car no. 31, which had been driven to championship glory by F1 star in the making Lando Norris, tasted title success once more in the hands of Max Fewtrell.

However, delve beyond the headlines and 2016 will be remembered as one of the most entertaining and competitive in the history of the series. 10 different race winners, the championship leader changing after every race weekend bar one and six drivers from four teams still in title contention heading into the season finale.

No driver was able to steal a march on a super-talented field and as unpredictability became the norm it was fitting that this year’s “Mr Consistent”, Max Fewtrell, was crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion. The Carlin ace was consistency personified whilst his competitors’ form fluctuated. A remarkable total of 16 podium finishes, more than any other driver, the foundation of his title triumph.

Three of those podiums saw him stand on the top step. His first victory coming at the second meeting of the year at Donington. His last the most special. Winning the season finale and with it the title, after being chased home by the formidable and more experienced Sennan Fielding.

Having played a starring role in the series in 2015, Fielding gave his all to claim the title with JHR Developments and recorded five wins in the process. A setup breakthrough saw him battle out the final meetings of 2016 in style; epitomised by his charge through the field in the last race when he bravely put everything on the line.

Petru Florescu also notched up five victories. The Romanian’s first half of the year was magnificent, the latter half torrid. His season came undone along with Carlin team-mate Devlin DeFrancesco’s following their coming together at Knockhill and infamous trackside altercation. DeFrancesco will be remembered for pulling off some of the finest overtakes thanks to his aggressive yet controlled driving style, which paid dividends with thrilling race victories at three consecutive meetings: Thruxton, Oulton Park and Croft.

Ahead of the Carlin pair in the standings finished Red Bull Junior Luis Leeds and James Pull. Third place man Leeds excelled behind the wheel having graduated from Australian F4, recording three wins for TRS Arden. Pull was frequently at the top of the times during Friday practice, but he had to wait until round 22 for victory; mastering tricky conditions from pole at a soaking Rockingham.

Although Fortec Motorsports’ Alex Quinn fell short of the main prize, he wrapped up the Rookie class title emphatically at Silverstone with his third overall win. The first of which came in only his fourth car race, following a fantastic pole lap at Donington. The Racing Steps Foundation backed 15-year-old put in virtuoso performances and stamped his authority all over the Rookie standings with 16 class wins and a total of 26 class podiums.

Zane Goddard’s start to the year was beset by misfortune, but after the summer break the Double R ace was superb. The Aussie found a sweet spot with his car, ending 2016 with four victories to his name. His team-mate Carrie Schreiner dovetailed her British F4 exploits with commitments in the counterpart German series. The starlet shone at Thruxton, coming tantalisingly close to a podium.

Jamie Caroline endured a rollercoaster season. Early podiums became a distant memory after a switch from Jamun to Fortec. The Ginetta Junior Champion persevered and in the penultimate race took a popular win. A just reward for a driver who provided fans with endless entertainment thanks to lighting starts and wet weather heroics; most notably a Senna-esque performance at Donington where he overtook nine cars in one lap.

TRS Arden’s Rafael Martins was another winner, coming to the fore at Oulton Park with a masterful display of defensive driving to fend off a hard-charging Pull. Team-mate Ayrton Simmons finished a year in which he progressed at a rapid rate by keeping Fielding at bay for second at Brands Hatch. With it came his sixth Rookie class win which secured him second in class. A feat made all the more impressive given that he missed the first two meetings waiting to turn 15.

JHR’s Billy Monger had the pace to feature on the top step following two podiums at Thruxton. Everything fell into place at Rockingham, only for a problem on the last lap to rob him of victory.

Budgetary issues curtailed a promising campaign for the Allan McNish mentored Ross Martin, while Fortec team-mate Nicolai Kjaergaard returned from the summer break revitalised to score a hat-trick of class wins at Snetterton.

A handful of points went to Jack Martin (Arden), Patrik Matthiesen (JTR), Frank Bird (Fortec), Harry Hayek (Jamun) and Jack Butel (JHR). The latter had hoped for more after an encouraging 2015 campaign. Pole position at Thruxton was converted into a brilliant lead, but a collision later in the race meant it was a case of what might have been.

Richardson Racing returned to the fold; Alexandra Marinescu and Andrew Richardson bringing home Teams Cup points. Meanwhile Alexandra Mohnhaupt joined the fray with Falcon Motorsport to become the first Mexican driver to compete in the series.

2016 underlined the sheer competitiveness of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford, as well as the calibre of the drivers and teams that compete in it. The Ford EcoBoost-powered series, as it did in 2015, proved to be the complete antithesis to the claim that ‘single-seater racing is boring’.

With 2016’s graduates set to follow in the footsteps of the class of 2015, making waves at higher levels of the sport; the stage is set for the 2017 cohort to thrill us once more in what will be Ford’s 50th consecutive year of supporting young drivers. In that time Ford has played a pivotal role in the careers of so many of motorsport’s greatest stars. 2017 will undoubtedly see the birth of several more.

Championship positions and prize winners
FIA British Formula 4 champion: Max Fewtrell
Runner-up: Sennan Fielding
Third overall: Luis Leeds
Rookie champion: Alex Quinn
Teams Cup: Carlin

Relive the thrilling British F4 season by clicking on the image below to view the 2016 highlights video.

Jamie Caroline (GBR) Jamun Racing-MBM MSA Formula

Fewtrell claims British F4 prize and is honoured at FIA prize-giving

5 DECEMBER, 2016 – In the space of a week 2016 FIA British Formula 4 Champion Max Fewtrell rubbed shoulders with the great and the good of motorsport as he collected prestigious silverware to go along with his British F4 title.

On Saturday 26 November Fewtrell and the other outright winners of the BTCC and its supporting championships were honoured at TOCA’s Night of Champions.

Fewtrell shone throughout the year in his Ford EcoBoost-powered racer demonstrating metronomic consistency on his way to 16 podiums and three race victories, and was presented with his stunning trophy by MSA chief executive Rob Jones.

Less than seven days later on 2 December the Carlin ace found himself in the Imperial Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria alongside newly crowned FIA Formula One World Champion Nico Rosberg and FIA WRC Champion Sebastien Ogier, at the spectacular FIA prize-giving Ceremony to receive the FIA British Formula 4 Champion trophy.

Max Fewtrell: FIA British Formula 4 Champion in profile

12 OCTOBER, 2016 – The 2016 instalment of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford saw no driver steal a march on a super-talented field. As unpredictability became the norm it was fitting that this year’s “Mr Consistent”, Max Fewtrell, was crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion.

The Carlin ace was consistency personified whilst his competitors’ form fluctuated throughout the season. A remarkable total of 16 podium finishes, more than any other driver, the foundation of his title triumph.

Three of those podiums saw him stand on the top step. His first victory coming at only the second meeting of the year at Donington Park. His last undoubtedly the most special and important. Winning the season finale and with it the title having been chased home by the formidable and more experienced Sennan Fielding.

Explained Fewtrell: “It was the icing on the cake to win the final race and clinch the title. A huge weight off my shoulders with everything going down to the last race. I’m really pleased for the team and everyone who has helped me.

“In British F4 there are so many great, fast drivers all competing at the front. To be battling with Sennan who is such a brilliant and experienced driver until the very end was incredible. It all makes winning the title feel even more special, having done it against such close competition.

“As a driver you always want to take as many wins as possible and I think I had the pace to do that, but with the way things played out this season I stayed consistent and tried to get as many points and podiums as I could. My level of consistency was very good throughout the year and that definitely helped me seal the title.

“Becoming FIA British Formula 4 Champion is the biggest achievement of my career. It’s been such a great year. Coming into the season there were so many quick drivers and it’s been so close throughout 2016. I really didn’t know who was going to take the title.

Fewtrell’s metronomic consistency also played a pivotal role in Carlin winning the Teams’ Cup for a second consecutive season, with team boss Trevor Carlin full of praise for the 17-year-old. “I’m very happy we have been able to do the double and I’m so pleased for Max. To get pole and lead every lap in the final race under a lot of pressure was a champion’s drive. Max is a great driver. He is his own man and the sky is the limit. He is an amazing and worthy champion.”

Look beyond the remarkable podium and points scoring statistics and you find what has really made Fewtrell so brilliant: composed, calm and calculated on track and an utter professional off it. Meticulous in his preparation, fiercely determined and more than capable of rising to the task under immense pressure.

His success in 2016 came as no surprise to those in the know, following his performance in pre-season testing where he was frequently found towards the very top of the timesheets.

Said Gerard Quinn, Senior Manager, Ford Performance Europe: “Congratulations to Max. It’s a huge achievement when you consider that there were six contenders going into the final meeting who could have taken the title.

“As a company Ford has been involved at this level of motorsport for almost 50 years. To be able to give people like Max and all the other drivers on the grid the opportunity to go racing, but also aspire to a future career in motor racing is so important.

“We have had previous champions like Ayrton Senna and Jenson Button and hopefully in the future we will see a name like Max Fewtrell in Formula 1.”

Fewtrell’s season has in a many ways embodied what the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford is all about; a series which nurtures and develops the talent of young drivers. A fact that championship manager David Lowe is all too aware of when giving his take on Fewtrell’s performance: “Max has shown that you don’t have to be up the front winning all the time. Strong placings can give you an advantage. Max has driven a steady year, gained the points and he’s capitalised on that in the end.

“This is a learning championship and Max’s season is a perfect example of how you should approach this series. He has moved forward and developed throughout the year on the back of a lot of hard work. To have put together the year he has and finish it off with a win is a shining example of how an FIA British Formula 4 Champion should perform.”

Commented Paul Fewtrell the father of the 2016 FIA British Formula 4 Champion: “For Max to win it the way he did with Sennan who was pushing him all the way was incredible for the series and for Max. He has done so well and we are really proud of him.

“The whole F4 British Championship: the community; all the championship staff; how the championship is promoted; the way drivers are looked after; it’s all amazing. I have brought a lot of friends and sponsors to race weekends and they are so impressed by the level of professionalism.

“British F4 is a big stepping stone. It’s part of the journey. It’s been amazing for Max’s career and for him as a person. He has grown through this experience and we have as a family. I’m old and thought I had seen it all, but after this year I definitely haven’t!”

Just like his father, the magnitude of what he has achieved this season is certainly not lost on Fewtrell. The prize of a fully funded test with leading FIA F3 European Championship team Motopark courtesy of British F4 series partner and tyre supplier Hankook, 12 FIA Super Licence Points, as well as his newfound status as FIA British Formula 4 Champion are sure to propel him up the FIA single-seater pyramid.

“This is such a great championship to make the transition from karting to racing cars,” said Fewtrell. “Taking the title will increase my profile and will hopefully make more people take an interest in me. It opens doors which can usually be quite hard to open.

“I just want to enjoy this incredible feeling. There’s some hard work ahead for next year, but hopefully plenty more success too.”

DRIVER NEWS: Magnificent Max crowned 2016 FIA British Formula 4 Champion

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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.

Fewtrell finishes in style to be crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion

  • Lights to flag victory for Fewtrell sees him claim title in thrilling season finale.
  • Fielding gives his all to come within touching distance of championship.
  • Ayrton Simmons rounds off best weekend of his British F4 career with second place.

BRANDS HATCH 2 OCTOBER, 2016 – Max Fewtrell won the final round of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford to be crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion in style, just hours after his Carlin team had become Teams Champion for the second consecutive year.

Fewtrell refused to buckle under immense pressure for the duration of a nail-biting finale which saw Ayrton Simmons and Sennan Fielding chase him home.

The Carlin racer had to overcome a three point deficit to Fielding heading into the race and was in perfect position to do so starting from pole with Fielding in sixth.

He grasped the opportunity with both hands and put on an inspiring display at the front to hold onto the lead. Showcasing not only his mental strength, but exceptional talent behind the wheel.

A clean getaway ensured he led the field into turn one and although he was unable to break away from Simmons, he had enough in hand to remain just far enough ahead to prevent Simmons from making an attack.

“I cannot really put into words just how winning the title feels at the moment,” said Fewtrell. “It’s all a bit surreal and absolutely amazing. I’m really happy for the team too. It’s been such a long season, especially with it going down to the last race.

“I knew I couldn’t let Sennan past and I thought if he got past Ayrton it could get really tricky. I just stayed really consistent and in a good place.

“I’ve worked so hard with the team and it’s amazing to see it all pay off.

“Winning this championship with Ford involved and the FIA is amazing. I think it’s the best junior championship to win. I’m so happy to have won it in my first year of racing in cars. It’s definitely the highlight of my career so far.”

Simmons’ race proved to be more about defensive driving than attacking after Fielding climbed several places thanks to some jaw-dropping overtakes into Paddock Hill Bend where he bravely put everything on the line in his crusade for the title.

Simmons had other ideas though and the youngest driver on the grid rounded off a year in which he has progressed at a rapid rate for TRS Arden by keeping Fielding at bay. Simmons undoubtedly proving he has what it takes to race with the very best. A hard charging Fielding arguably one of the most formidable competitors any racer will come up against.

Explained Simmons whose performance this weekend ensured he finished second in the Rookie class – a feat made all the more impressive given that he missed the first two meetings of the year due to his age: “That race was so intense. I knew I had the pace. I started catching Max towards the very end and would have liked the race to go on a little longer.

“I’m really pleased with what we have achieved this season. The team have been amazing so huge thanks to them.

“It’s been a fantastic end to the season and I’m hungry for even more success now. Hopefully we will be even stronger next year.”

Added championship runner-up Fielding: “We made a few changes to the car which didn’t quite go to plan. I gave it my all from start to finish. I don’t think there was anything else I could have done. Every gap I could have gone for I did.

“It’s disappointing for myself and the team because we have put in so much hard work, but we’ve done so well to develop the car throughout the season.

“A massive thank you to everyone at JHR and Amigos for putting me on the grid. I’m looking forward to 2017 and hopefully I can get that lucky break I deserve. I have shown I can develop a car and bring a team on.

“The team have done a phenomenal job to compete against the likes of Carlin, Fortec and Arden which just shows that JHR are a top team.

“Without a doubt even if I had all the budget in the world I would still choose JHR and do it all over again.

“Thank you to everyone at British F4 as well. It really is one of the best championships in the world.”

Saturday race winner Pull finished just outside the podium places in fourth, but put in yet another assured drive which has been commonplace this year for the Hertfordshire racer.

Behind him Luis Leeds was able to round off the season with a solid points score, with fellow Aussie Goddard in sixth for Double R Racing.

Devlin DeFrancesco made a welcome return to the points after a frustrating weekend for the Canadian ace who has shone on so many occasions in 2016. He came out on top in an entertaining tussle with Carlin team-mate Petru Florescu.

British F4’s newest race winner Jamie Caroline put in a spirited drive to make his way from last on the grid to ninth by the time the chequered flag fell, whilst Rafael Martins finished in the final points paying position.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered Ford

Provisional results Round 30 Brands Hatch GP 2 October 2016
14 laps / 34.06 miles
1 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin 20m 37.529s / 99.09mph
2 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +0.339s
3 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +0.890s
4 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +1.961s
5 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden +2.520s
6 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R +3.006s
7 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin +6.229s
8 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin +6.772s
9 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Fortec +11.472s
10 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +16.790s etc.

Fastest lap Sennan FIELDING / JHR / 1m 27.274s / 100.37mph

Rookie class 1 Simmons; 2 Quinn; 3 Kjaergaard; 4 Martin

Provisional championship standings 1 Fewtrell 358; 2 Fielding 351; 3 Leeds 300; 4 Pull 291; 5 DeFrancesco 265; 6 Florescu 260; 7 Quinn 248; 8 Goddard 239; 9 Martins 205; 10 Caroline 181 etc.

Rookie class 1 Quinn 589; 2 Simmons 430; 3 Kjaergaard 400; 4 J Martin 393; 5 R Martin 130

Full results

DRIVER NEWS: Fierce Fewtrell fires his way to victory

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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.

Fortune favours Fewtrell who snatches British F4 win on final lap

  • Fewtrell claims second win of season to extend championship lead.
  • Victory snatched away from JHR’s Monger on the last lap.
  • Quinn records 15th Rookie class win of the year to leave him on cusp of Rookie title.

ROCKINGHAM 28 AUGUST, 2016 – Carlin’s Max Fewtrell was in the right place at the right time to claim his second victory of 2016 in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford, after poleman and race leader Billy Monger was hit with a technical problem on the final lap.

It was a dramatic twist in the tale of Round 24 of the Championship. Monger had driven a superb race from pole only to be robbed of what looked to be certain victory in heart breaking fashion. His car slowing suddenly on the exit of Deene hairpin allowing Fewtrell and Sennan Fielding to jump past with less than a lap remaining.

Monger had done brilliantly to fend off a fast starting Petru Florescu; the two drivers wheel to wheel and inches apart around turn one at Rockingham Motor Speedway. Monger wasn’t prepared to relinquish the lead though and held on firmly to the inside line into Deene to stay in front of Florescu.

Behind, eventual race winner Fewtrell was enduring an eventful opening lap himself; briefly dropping behind Alex Quinn and Rafael Martins, but immediately struck back as the three drivers jostled for position.

Fewtrell has coupled his usual metronomic consistency with aggression this weekend and he used this to great effect to pass team-mate and title rival Petru Florescu into Deene on lap seven; allowing him to chase after Monger.

Salt was rubbed into Florescu’s wounds when Fielding found a way past in shortly afterwards, and Fielding proceeded to join Fewtrell in hunt for the lead.

Florescu still managed to bring home a valuable points haul in fourth however; with Quinn finishing behind him in fifth. The latter claimed his 15th Rookie class win of the season and leaves Rockingham on the cusp of being crowned British F4 Rookie Class Champion.

As the race progressed it was Monger, Fewtrell and Fielding who pulled away out front, but Monger looked to have everything under control until fate conspired against him. His team-mate Fielding perhaps doing him a favour by giving Fewtrell more than just taking the race lead to think about as the Chesterfield racer filled his mirrors.

Said race winner Fewtrell: “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. I did a few good moves to make my way through and I slowly chased Monger down.

“Fielding was coming at us towards the end. Defending and attacking at the same time is probably the hardest thing to do, but I knew Sennan wasn’t quite close enough to attack, although on the last lap it got really close.

“It’s been another good weekend for us. This is the time to perform so I think I’m doing alright at the moment. 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.”

Added Fielding: “I think we could have had two wins today. Starting in sixth made it a little too difficult. I had to push the tyres too hard early on and then struggled with overheating later on in the race so I was running down the middle of the straight and short shifting to sixth gear in order to cool things down for the end for the race.

“I’m really sorry for Billy. He should have won that race. He worked really hard for it and drove absolutely flawlessly throughout. He did a phenomenal job. It’s just one of those things that happens in motorsport. Unfortunately luck wasn’t on his side today, but today’s performance will have given him confidence. Hopefully all three of us at JHR can be up at the front at Silverstone.

“I think the racing has been really clean and really fair this weekend. I’ve got a lot of respect for all the drivers out there. It was really enjoyable.

“We’ve moved up to second in the championship now. Only 24 points behind so it can all change in a matter of seconds. You cannot count anyone out.”

Explained Monger: “There are a lot of positives to take out of that race, but obviously the wounds are still a little bit fresh. To lose it on the last lap due to a mechanical failure is tough, but we’ll bounce back at Silverstone to try to get the win that’s been evading us for so long. I think I can walk away with my head held high. JHR put out a great car and I’m proud of how I drove.

“It’s just a shame I wasn’t able to reward the JHR team and all my sponsors, Baylis and Harding, Metro Deconstruction, as well as Reigate Environmental Services. They’ve all helped me to get here so I’m gutted, especially for Banardo’s children’s charity which I’m an ambassador for. I will keep pushing though.”

A little further down the order Martins, Pull, DeFrancesco and Simmons provided plenty of entertainment. Martins doing brilliantly to defend from Pull who was swarming all over the back of his TRS Arden.

DeFrancesco soon upped the ante with a late lunge up the inside of his Carlin team-mate at Tarzan. Simmons then followed suit by squeezing past Pull in the dying laps. Fastest lap of the race for Pull at least acting as some consolation for yesterday’s race winner.

TRS Arden’s Luis Leeds had it all to do from 13th and managed to bring home what could prove to be a valuable point in tenth when the title race reaches its climax. A brilliant move down the inside of Frank Bird at Deene the highlight of his race.

Fellow Aussie Zane Goddard had an exciting opening few laps for Double R, climbing several places to 12th and was unlucky to finish just outside the points. The same can be said of JTR’s Patrik Matthiesen in 11th who had shown sufficient pace to be in the points throughout the weekend.

JHR’s Jack Butel also shone at the beginning, with some excellent defending to hold off an aggressive Jack Martin. The latter’s persistence paid off in the end as he managed to finish the race one place higher than he started and third in the Rookie Class.

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Provisional results Round 24 Rockingham 28 August 2016
15 laps / 29.1 miles
1 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin 20m 20.064s / 85.86mph
2 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +0.636s
3 Billy MONGER / GBR / JHR +1.018s
4 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin +1.660s
5 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec +2.818s
6 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +6.621s
7 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin +6.932s
8 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +7.417s
9 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +8.420s
10 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden +8.741s etc.

Fastest lap James Pull 1m 19.971s / 87.33mph

Rookie class 1 Quinn; 2 Simmons; 3 Martin; 4 Kjaergaard

Provisional championship standings
1 Fewtrell 287; 2 Fielding 263; 3 Leeds 252; 4 Pull 234; 5 DeFrancesco 222; 6 Florescu 220; 7 Quinn 212; 8 Goddard 172; 9 Martins 148; 10 Caroline 146 etc.

Rookie Class
1 Quinn 474; 2 Kjaergaard 328; 3 J. Martin 315; 4 Simmons 287; 5 R. Martin 130

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