Fewtrell extends his lead in British F4
Carlin’s Max Fewtrell extended his lead in the F4 British Championship today, with two strong races at Rockingham Speedway. The 17-year-old took a third place in Race 2, only to claim his second victory of the season in the final race of the weekend. All four Carlin drivers finished within the top nine this afternoon, with Petru Florescu taking fourth, Devlin DeFrancesco seventh and James Pull ninth.
After an eventful Race 1 yesterday, the racing action resumed this morning in reversed grid Race 2. At the start, Fewtrell showed his intent, quickly passing Jamie Caroline to take third, the position he would maintain to the flag. Pull also made progress, and claimed fifth at the flag to add to his race one victory yesterday. Both Florescu and DeFrancesco made plenty of progress from the back of the field to finish inside the top ten, with Florescu claiming eighth and DeFrancesco tenth.
Florescu aimed to get his championship campaign back on track this afternoon with a front row start in race three, with team mate Fewtrell not far behind in the third placed grid slot. DeFrancesco started seventh and Pull ninth. As the lights went out, Florescu was immediately on the attack, challenging pole man Billy Monger for the lead into turn one. Monger held his line, but Florescu stayed close.
Behind the leaders, Fewtrell quickly found himself in a potentially tricky position, with cars three to four wide into Deene. Fewtrell somehow managed to emerge unscathed and retained third place with DeFrancesco seventh and Pull 10th at the end of lap one.
A race between team mates Florescu and Fewtrell characterised the first few laps, with Florescu defending hard from the current championship leader. Fewtrell persevered though, taking second with a clean move into Deene to take second and set off in pursuit of Monger.
Pull meanwhile was showing good pace, setting the fastest lap so far on lap four and moving up into ninth after a move on Matthiessen. Pull passed Simmons next, which put him right up behind team mate DeFrancesco. The paid battled lap after lap, swapping places twice before DeFrancesco settled on seventh. Pull was eighth, but as he struggled with increasing front wing damage, dropped to ninth, after Simmons re-passed him.
At the front, Fewtrell was just 0.4s back from Monger, but had a fast closing Sennan Fielding in his mirrors, who had already passed Florescu for third. In the final minutes, there was little separating the top three, but as Monger slowed momentarily with an issue, Fewtrell took full advantage to surge into the lead, taking Fielding with him. Fielding stayed close through the final corners, but Fewtrell drove faultlessly to take the chequered flag.
Speaking about his race, Fewtrell said, obviously I’m really happy to take the win. Billy [Monger] drove really well and was unlucky today, it’s not always nice to take a win like that but you have to take any opportunity you have. At the start it was hard to get past Petru and then Billy drove very consistently and made it really hard. Every point we can claim is really important and of course wins are the best way to go about that, so I’m very happy to take the victory today.