Renault Sport Academy trio Max Fewtrell, Jarno Opmeer and Sun Yue Yang will step back into the cockpit this weekend as the Formula Renault Eurocup resumes at the Circuit Paul Ricard, France for round eight of the series.

The Eurocup has been on a one-month break since the last outing at the Red Bull Ring, Austria with this round in France signalling the home stretch of what has been a highly competitive season.

All about momentum for Fewtrell

Max Fewtrell sealed his first Eurocup victory in Austria last time out and is aiming to follow that up with another in France as he hunts down the Top Rookie title for 2017.

Max currently trails Dan Ticktum by three-points in the rookie standings with eight races still on offer. Max backed up his thumping win in race one in Austria with a strong fourth after making a charge from eighth on the grid to pile the heat on Ticktum who took 12 points from the weekend.

Opmeer out to prove a point

Fresh from his recent Formula Renault NEC podium in Assen, Jarno Opmeer is keen to convert that form across into the Eurocup.

Jarno sits nineteenth in the Drivers’ Standings after an eighth place at the Hungaroring at the beginning of July.

But Jarno has a renewed sense of optimism since bagging a fourth and third in his homeland in front of a capacity crowd and is ready to hit the ground running in Le Castellet.

Sunny to build on confidence

Sun Yue Yang enjoyed a positive outing in Austria at the last Eurocup round and is ready to build on that confidence on a fast and flowing Paul Ricard circuit.

With three rounds left, Sunny will be aiming to get off the mark in the championship and take some points.

Max Fewtrell (Tech-1 Racing, #7)
7th, 2nd Rookie - 109 points – 15/23 races completed

“I’m really looking forward to Paul Ricard. The summer break has been nice and busy, but I can’t wait to keep up the momentum from the last round into this one and really see what we can do with this new found confidence. Paul Ricard is quite a challenging track, especially the last sector which is quite tight and technical. I’ve tested here before, and it rained so hopefully the weather will be kind this weekend!”

Jarno Opmeer (MP Motorsport, #30)
19th, 10th Rookie – 4 points – 15/23 races completed

“I’m excited to jump back in the seat and drive in the Eurocup again. My main aim is to have two good qualifying sessions so that I’m in a good position on the grid in both races and give myself a better chance of fighting for some points. I had a good outing in Assen in the NEC series which gives me confidence and a bit of momentum heading to France.”

Sun Yue Yang (JD Motorsport, #21)
30th, 17th Rookie – 0 points – 15/23 races completed

“It will be a tough round, but I’m really looking forward to driving again. It’s been a while since the last race so I will need some time to get back into position and up to speed again. It’s very exciting and I’ve prepared well for this round so I’m targeting some positive results. I have a bit more confidence after a good outing in Austria last time out. I have a few things to work on so I’m hoping to put it all together this weekend.”

Round Eight: Circuit Paul Ricard, France (BST +1)
Friday 25th August
Collective Test 1 – 09:00-09:50
Collective Test 2 – 12:45-13:35
Qualifying 1 – 16:55-17:30

Saturday 26th August
Qualifying 2 – 11:10-11:45
Race 1 – 15:00-15:30

Sunday 27th August
Race 2 – 10:30-11:00