Renault Sport Academy Driver Max Fewtrell moved to top spot in the rookie standings of the Formula Renault Eurocup as he finished the Paul Ricard weekend with 18 points.

Max remained composed to take a fifth in race one from thirteenth on the grid and a sixth in the second race to go up a position to sixth in the overall standings, with a lead of five points over his nearest rookie rival.

Fellow Academy driver Jarno Opmeer scored his first points since the beginning of July after finishing eleventh in both races. The Dutchman inherited one-point in each race due to a wildcard entry finishing in the top ten being ineligible to score points. Sun Yue Yang finished 21st and 24th in the races.

The next round of the Eurocup sees the drivers tackle the legendary Spa-Francorchamps in September. And with six races left to go on the calendar, there is still plenty to play for.

Max Fewtrell (Tech-1 Racing, #7)
6th, 1st Rookie - 127 points – 17/23 races completed

“We really struggled with the car all weekend as we just couldn’t find the right balance and being far off the pace every time we went on track. But we managed to get a fifth and a sixth from thirteenth and eighth on the grid, so I think I did the best job with what I had and that’s pleasing. We’re now leading the rookie standings so there are positives, but the team and I have a bit of work to do to get the car ready for Spa. I want to be back on the podium there.”

Jarno Opmeer (MP Motorsport, #30)
19th, 10th Rookie – 6 points – 17/23 races completed

“It’s been a good weekend and great for me to return to the points. I gained a few places across both races with some strong overtakes which is positive. The pace in the races looked good so it’s important we build on that now. I made two decent starts off the grid which put me in a place to battle. I’m very happy to take some points home and I’m looking forward to Spa already.”

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

“The weekend wasn’t as good as Austria last time out. It has been quite difficult and challenging. I’m doing my best to improve, my lap times have been getting better. Paul Ricard is a big track and quite difficult to defend on. I made a couple of errors, but my team have been helping me and I’m looking forward to the next one and I will keep working hard in preparation for Spa.”

Next Round: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium (22-24 September)