Junior Formulae

Rookie Fewtrell takes the MSA championship lead

Two third place finishes and a win for Max Fewtrell puts the rookie in the lead of the MSA Formula championship, ahead of more experienced team mate Petru Florescu. Alex Quinn and Sennan Fielding also took wins at Donington Park this weekend.

Race One

Alex Quinn took his first MSA Formula win in the first race of the weekend at Donington Park in a lights to flag finish.

The rookie made a great getaway, keeping Luis Leeds and Max Fewtrell behind him throughout the race. A three way battle for the race win was beginning to shape up towards the closing stages of the race, but the race was brought to a close with four minutes left on the clock.

The red flag was brought out when Patrick Matthiesen was stranded at Coppice, bringing the race to an early end and giving Quinn the win.

“It feels amazing to get my first win,” Quinn said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the weekend. It was quite tricky with the changeable weather but I knew I could go quickly in the wet just like I did in the dry earlier in qualifying.

“I built a good gap to start with, but then I relaxed perhaps a little too much. I just didn’t want to make any mistakes and didn’t push too hard. This meant it got quite close at the end and I had to defend, but it was a really good race and I couldn’t be happier.”

Petru Florescu was another star of the race. Technical problems in qualifying put him at the back of the grid, but he battled through the field and up into sixth by the end of the race, keeping his championship lead by a single point.

Results below

Race Two

Sennan Fielding took the second win of the weekend in an incident littered race. He started at the front of the grid and drove a textbook perfect race to the finish line. Florescu took the second step of the podium, extending his championship lead.

Fielding pulled away at the start of the race, leaving the Carlin drivers behind him, but the race was soon neutralised after a colition between Ross Martin and Devlin DeFrancesco.

Once the safety car had left the track, the race restarted with seven minutes left on the clock. Fieldling mastered the restart, pulling away from Florescu, who had been promoted up to second. Pull passed Florescu, but was forced to retire with a damaged front wing.

“I got the perfect traction off the line with no wheel spin which meant I was well ahead into the first corner and then I knew I had to get my head down and put in some quick laps,” said Fielding. “I built a good gap, but then the safety car came out.

“The marshals did a great job to recover all the cars that went off during the race and then when the safety car went in I knew I had to push again to re-build the gap. I think it was a fantastic race for Ford MSA Formula.”

Elsewhere, there was a thrilling battle for ninth place between Zane Goddard and Nicolai Kjaegaard, but neither driver took the spot when the two drivers collided. Goddard was catapulted over Kjaegaard’s car at the hairpin. Both drivers were left unscathed.

Results below.

Race Three

Max Fewtrell took his maiden MSA Formula win after finishing on the podium in both of the earlier races. It was a lights to flag victory for the Carlin driver, who takes the lead of the championship away from team mate Florescu.

Fewtrell made the perfect get away, unlike earlier winner Alex Quinn, who fell back behind Luis Leeds and Ross Martin off the starting line. Leeds and Martin caught up with Fewtrell, putting pressure on the rookie, but Fewtrell was able to keep them behind.

“I needed to get a good start and be consistent because I knew I had the pace to keep the gap,” said Fewtrell. “As soon as I got the gap it stayed the same. Breaking the tow was key.

“Three podiums is brilliant, especially with one of them coming in the reverse grid raec and to finish the weekend off with a win is great. Fighting with a lot of second year drivers is obviously a challenge, but I’m learning every race and getting more confident with the car and its Ford EcoBoost technology.”

Results

Race One

1 Alex QUINN – Fortec
2 Luis LEEDS – TRS Arden
3 Max FEWTRELL – Carlin
4 James PULL – Carlin
5 Devlin DEFRANCESCO – Carlin
6 Petru FLORESCU – Carlin
7 Sennan FIELDING – JHR
8 Jamie CAROLINE – Jamun
9 Billy MONGER – JHR
10 Rafael MARTINS – TRS Arden
11 Harry HAYEK Jamun
12 Ross MARTIN – Fortec
13 Jack MARTIN – TRS Arden
14 Nicolai KJAERGAARD – Fortec
15 Frank BIRD – Fortec
16 Patrik MATTIESSEN – JRT – DNF
17 Zane GODDARD – Double R – DNF
18 Jack BUTEL – JHR Developments – DNF

Race Two

1 Sennan FIELDING – JHR
2 Petru FLORESCU – Carlin
3 Max FEWTRELL – Carlin
4 Rafael MARTINS – TRS Arden
5 Jamie CAROLINE – Jamun
6 Billy MONGER – JHR
7 Jack BUTEL – JHR Developments
8 Jack MARTIN – TRS Arden
9 Alex QUINN – Fortec
10 Patrik MATTIESSEN – JRT
11 Frank BIRD – Fortec
12 Harry HAYEK – Jamun
13 Zane GODDARD – Double R – DNF
14 Nicolai KJAERGAARD – Fortec – DNF
15 James PULL – Carlin – DNF
16 Ross MARTIN – Fortec – DNF
17 Devlin DEFRANCESCO – Carlin – DNF
18 Luis LEEDS – TRS Arden – DNF

Race Three

1 Max FEWTRELL – Carlin
2 Luis LEEDS – TRS Arden
3 Ross MARTIN – Fortec
4 James PULL – Carlin
5 Sennan FIELDING – JHR
6 Alex QUINN – Fortec
7 Jamie CAROLINE – Jamun
8 Rafael MARTINS – TRS Arden
9 Jack MARTIN – TRS Arden
10 Harry HAYEK – Jamun
11 Billy MONGER – JHR
12 Jack BUTEL – JHR Developments
13 Petru FLORESCU – Carlin
14 Nicolai KJAERGAARD – Fortec
15 Patrik MATTIESSEN – JRT
16 Frank BIRD – Fortec
17 Devlin DEFRANCESCO – Carlin
18 Zane GODDARD – Double R – DNF

Feature Image courtesy of Horia Totu

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