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Fewtrell takes Eurocup lead at Hockenheim, Ghattas wins NEC title

by Craig Woollard

R-ace GP?s Max Fewtrell dominated the first Hockenheim race of the weekend and took the Formula Renault Eurocup championship lead after Christian Lundgaard failed to score.

Polesitter Fewtrell made an excellent getaway and resisted any pressure Josef Kaufmann Racing?s Yifei Ye could throw at him throughout the race.

Fewtrell also aced the restart following a safety car period caused by the JD Motorsport-entered car driven by Najiy Razak hit the wall on the second lap. At the end of the 19 lap race the top two were split by 0.732 seconds, with Fewtrell holding on despite a flatspotted tyre, and now heads Ye by 10.5 points in the standings.

Arden’s Oscar Piastri equalled his best result of the season with third, some four seconds behind winner Fewtrell, after opening out a gap to fourth-placed Logan Sargeant.

Former series leader Lundgaard ruined his race on the opening lap, severely locking up a tyre into the hairpin, and running very wide. He retired from the race as a result.

Thomas Maxwell finished in fifth place, ahead of Alex Peroni. MP Motorsport driver Peroni methodically worked his way through the field after starting outside of the top 10.

Tech 1?s Neil Verhagen finished in seventh, taking his first points since the Red Bull Ring. He finished ahead of Alexander Smolyar and Raul Guzman.

Clement Novalak was denied a first point of the season by Charles Milesi on the final lap after a thrilling race-long battle between the pair. Milesi was running well early in the race, before running onto the grass and having to fight his way back up. Victor Martins started third, but retired early on after damaging his front wing.

The battle for the Northern European Cup title was decided in Doureid Ghattas’s favour after the German took his fifth class win of the season. The Anders Motorsport driver was well clear of his opposition, with title rival Gabriel Gandulia of R-ace GP finishing the race third behind new ScoRace Team signing Phil Hill. Second place in the standings is still up for grabs in the final race.


Race results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Max Fewtrell R-ace GP 19 laps
2 Yifei Ye Josef Kaufmann Racing +0.732s
3 Oscar Piastri Arden +4.808s
4 Logan Sargeant R-ace GP +8.172s
5 Thomas Maxwell JD Motorsport +10.401s
6 Alex Peroni MP Motorsport +12.104s
7 Neil Verhagen Tech 1 Racing +13.580s
8 Alexander Smolyar Tech 1 Racing +13.702s
9 Raul Guzman Fortec Motorsports +17.212s
10 Charles Milesi R-ace GP +21.045s
11 Clement Novalak Josef Kaufmann Racing +22.017s
12 Arthur Rougier Fortec Motorsports +22.497s
13 Nikita Volegov Arden +25.219s
14 Eliseo Martinez AV Formula +26.881s
15 Freek Schothorst MP Motorsport +32.801s
16 Doureid Ghattas Anders Motorsport +41.187s
17 Christian Munoz AV Formula +41.885s
18 Vladimir Tziortzis Fortec Motorsports +42.095s
19 Sami Taoufik Arden +45.494s
20 Frank Bird Tech 1 Racing +45.549s
21 Phil Hill ScoRace Team +46.076s
22 Gabriel Gandulia R-ace GP +51.657s
23 Sharon Scolari ScoRace Team +1 lap
Ret Thomas Neubauer Tech 1 Racing
Ret Axel Matus AV Formula
Ret Lorenzo Colombo JD Motorsport
Ret Victor Martins R-ace GP
Ret Najiy Razak JD Motorsport
Ret Christian Lundgaard MP Motorsport
Fastest Lap: Fewtrell, 1m38.770s

Eurocup standings
?Fewtrell 226.5? ?2 Ye 216? ?3 Lundgaard 215?4 Martins 171? ?5?Sargeant 165? ?6?Colombo 117.5? ?7?Milesi 107.5? ?8?Piastri 92? ?9?Peroni 86? ?10?Maxwell 58

Northern European Cup standings
1?Ghattas 246? ?2?Gandulia 200? ?3?Hill 186? ?4?Sargeant 87? ?5 Martins 83? ?6?Scolari 79? ?7?Peroni 60? ?8?Neubauer 58? ?9?Milesi 57? ?10 Bird 52