Under sunny skies in Barcelona, we joined the Renault Eurocup paddock for one final time this weekend. With the championship up for grabs and two races left to run, the series was set to sign off in style… and that it certainly did. <br></div><div><br></div><div>With cheers echoing through the pit lane, we proudly celebrated as Max Fewtrell was crowned 2018 Renault Eurocup Champion.
With 3 drivers vying for the title, Max entered the weekend with the points advantage, over rivals Lundgaard and Ye. Making his intentions known from the off, the British driver posted the quickest times in the combined test sessions on Friday afternoon. Having taken a stunning run of 3 consecutive victories at the previous two rounds, Max was in fine form, knowing he just had to execute another strong weekend to claim title honours.
When qualifying came around, Max was pipped to fastest in his group by closest rival Lundgaard, but with a second row start, he was in an ideal position when Race 1 got underway on Saturday afternoon. Keen not to put a foot wrong, Max kept himself out of trouble, just missing out on a podium in P4. But with strong points gained, he maintained the lead in the championship and brought the crowning moment down to the wire on Sunday afternoon.
The title at stake, tension was palpable as the Renault Sport Academy driver lined up on the grid for the final furore. Maintaining his cool, calm composure, Max drove an inch perfect race to cruise across the line in 4th place, having more than done enough to seal the championship.
As the chequered flag fell on the season, celebrations began in the pit lane, joining the R-ace GP guys, the 2018 Autosport BRDC Award Finalist was thrown in the air to rapturous cheers as he added another impressive title to his young career.
Despite coming up against hardship in the mid part of the season, Max showcased his mature resilience to reverse his fortune, by appearing on every podium for 3 consecutive race meetings. From victory in the opening weekend, Max enjoyed 6 wins, 6 pole positions and 11 podiums in his title campaign.
Speaking of his achievement, Max Fewtrell said:
“I am at a loss for words… what a season! We started the season really strong before dropping to fifth place in the general classification after Monaco. We had to stay calm; we didn’t panic and continued to work flat out to crawl back. I think that we showed everyone what we are capable of!”
Recapping on a fantastic season for Max, Gary Catt praised:
"For Max to finally seal the Championship at the weekend was fantastic. It's been a long season with lots of ups and downs and moments where it looked like the title had slipped out of reach. This title adds to his British Formula 4 title in 2016 and now we are fixing plans for next season where we hope he can continue his success in the next stage of his career."