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Max Fewtrell on pole again for Eurocup opener at Hockenheim

by Bethonie Waring

Max Fewtrell beat title tivals Yifei Ye and Christian Lundgaard to pole for the first Formula Renault Eurocup race at Hockenheim.

Josef Kaufmann Racing driver Ye set the benchmark in the first qualifying group, setting a 1m37.639s lap. Late in the session championship leader Lundgaard almost beat it, but the MP Motorsport driver fell short by 0.065s.

Fewtrell, out in Group B, did’t take long to beat Ye’s best, in fact doing the feat with his first timed lap. The R-ace GP driver continued to improve throughout the 15 minute session, lowering the bar to just 1m37.249s with his final attempt.

Victor Martins came closest to challenging Fewtrell, but he was almost a quarter of a second off the pace of his team-mate and fellow Renault Formula 1 junior.

Red Bull junior Neil Verhagen showed improved form to qualify fifth, ahead of Oscar Piastri and Lorenzo Colombo.

Logan Sargeant, who was briefly second fastest in Group A, dropped back to fourth before the chequered flag and lines up eighth for race one. Thomas Maxwell and Charles Milesi round out the top 10.

Doureid Ghattas topped the Northern European Cup battle in 21st, sharing the 11th row of the grid with title rival Gabriel Gandulia. Ghattas’s usual Anders Motorsport team-mate Phil Hill switched to ScoRace Team, and will start in 24th. All three drivers would win the title this weekend.


Qualifying results
Group A ? Group B
1 Yifei Ye Josef Kaufmann Racing 1m37.639 1 Max Fewtrell R-ace GP 1m37.249
2 Christian Lundgaard MP Motorsport 1m37.704 2 Victor Martins R-ace GP 1m37.490
3 Oscar Piastri Arden 1m37.871 3 Neil Verhagen Tech 1 Racing 1m37.674
4 Logan Sargeant R-ace GP 1m38.001 4 Lorenzo Colombo JD Motorsport 1m37.707
5 Charles Milesi R-ace GP 1m38.143 5 Thomas Maxwell JD Motorsport 1m37.817
6 Frank Bird Tech 1 Racing 1m38.229 6 Alex Peroni MP Motorsport 1m37.940
7 Alexander Smolyar Tech 1 Racing 1m38.274 7 Clement Novalak Josef Kaufmann Racing 1m38.063
8 Raul Guzman Fortec Motorsports 1m38.298 8 Sami Taoufik Arden 1m38.566
9 Eliseo Martinez AV Formula 1m38.312 9 Thomas Neubauer Tech 1 Racing 1m38.657
10 Arthur Rougier Fortec Motorsports 1m38.844 10 Axel Matus AV Formula 1m38.714
11 Gabriel Gandulia R-ace GP 1m38.941 11 Doureid Ghattas Anders Motorsport 1m38.747
12 Phill Hill ScoRace Team 1m39.103 12 Vladimir Tziortzis Fortec Motorsports 1m38.916
13 Nikita Volegov Arden 1m39.133 13 Christian Munoz AV Formula 1m40.058
14 Najiy Razak JD Motorsport 1m39.190 14 Sharon Scolari ScoRace Team 1m43.021
15 Freek Schothorst MP Motorsport 1m39.285