Renault Sport Academy Driver Max Fewtrell enjoyed a near perfect weekend in the opening round of the Formula Renault Eurocup by taking a second place and a race victory at Circuit Paul Ricard, France.

Max also clinched pole position in both qualifying sessions to cap off a memorable weekend in his second season in the series.

Driving for French outfit R-ace GP, in race one a slow start off the line meant Max surrendered his lead and was forced to settle for second place.

But there was no mistake in Sunday’s second race from the 18-year-old who coolly led from the lights to the chequered flag for his second Eurocup victory – adding to his sole 2017 win in Austria last July.

Christian Lundgaard made an impressive debut in the competition by claiming a race two podium with third place.

The Dane – who won two titles in Formula 4 last year – stepped up to Formula Renault with MP Motorsport for 2018.

He finished fifth in the opening race, meaning he occupies fourth in the standings on 25 points.

French pair Victor Martins and Arthur Rougier endured trickier debuts in Renault colours. Victor qualified third for both races, but a slow getaway left him fighting in the midfield, ending 11th. In race two, the 16-year-old battled for the podium with Christian, but fell short.

Arthur, racing for Fortec Motorsport, was left to rue a gearbox issue in race one, forcing his retirement, before an improved second race put him fifteenth.

Next up for the quartet is round two at Autodromo Nazionale Monza this weekend, with two more races up for grabs.

Max: “It’s been a great weekend to start the season, a near perfect start with two pole positions, a second place and a race win. If you’d have told me that two weeks ago I would’ve taken it with both hands. I’m super happy with how it all went; the team were amazing and the preparation with the Academy was great. I can’t wait for this weekend in Monza where we have to keep our game up, focus really hard and get the same results.”

Christian: “It was a decent weekend for me, the best we could get out of it. To get a podium is an amazing way to the start the season, especially for our confidence. I hope we will be as consistent as we were at Paul Ricard at Monza this weekend. Our goal is to stay in the top five in order to compete for podiums.”

Victor: “This first race weekend of the championship was a discovery of new things. It was a very productive and very positive weekend in terms of results and progress made. I learnt a lot and I want to thank all the R-ace GP team for their hard work to give me the best car to perform. We will continue to work to achieve our goals. Also, thanks to the Renault Sport Academy for their support, now it’s all focus on Monza!”

Arthur: “My first Eurocup round was really more complicated than expected. I had a gearbox issue in race one, which put me out, but we could see that the race pace was really good. During the second race, there was a collision on lap two and put me down to P21, but I managed to finish P15 with some good overtakes. We learnt a lot about a tough weekend and we hope to show what is our true pace in Monza this weekend.”