On Friday, the Formula Renault Eurocup collective tests at the Nürburgring went the way of R-ace GP, which can clinch a second consecutive teams title this weekend. Renault Sport Academy driver Max Fewtrell led the way with a time of 1:55.627s ahead of his team mates Victor Martins and Logan Sargeant while Charles Milesi was quickest in the morning session.
Due to persisting fog, the Thursday test session was cancelled. The Formula Renault Eurocup field made its first appearance on the Nürburgring this morning at 8:45.
Charles Milesi sets the pace
Friday morning, Max Fewtrell was soon a top the timing screens in the first collective test. The Englishman led for quite a long time before the red flag was shown to allow for the removal of the cars of Sharon Scolari (Scorace Team) and Christian Muñoz (AVF by Adrián Vallés) in separate corners.
The session restarted with three minutes remaining on the clock and Charles Milesi seized the opportunity to move to the top of the order with a lap of 1:56.360s. The French driver was followed by Renault Sport Academy drivers, Christian Lundgaard (MP Motorsport) and Max Fewtrell while Lorenzo Colombo JD Motorsport) and Logan Sargeant completed the top five.
Max Fewtrell makes a mighty impression
Logan Sargeant was quick to set an early benchmark time in the second collective test before being relayed by team mates Charles Milesi then Max Fewtrell, who improved lap after lap to solidify his domination, but Lorenzo Colombo, got the final sprint going nine minutes from the end of the session.
The Italian was the first to beat the morning reference time, but Max Fewtrell didn’t waste much time to retake the spot. Despite the efforts of Victor Martins, the Englishman answered with a lap of 1:55.627s to edge the Frenchman by 0.051s. Logan Sargeant, Lorenzo Colombo and Charles Milesi followed at more than half a second behind.
On Saturday, the first qualifying session will be held at 8:45. The start of race one will be at 12:45.
Max Fewtrell (R-ace GP): “It was a good day where we were pleased to the top, where we know we belong! We’ve worked a lot to prepare for this weekend and it is good to start like this. Nevertheless, we must continue and give it all we have when it really counts in qualifying. Hopefully we can do it as I think qualifying will be crucial on this track.”
Christian Lundgaard (MP Motorsport): “Clearly we are missing something and we must find what it is before qualifying tomorrow morning. We will analyse the data to see where we can improve, but we struggled a lot in the first sector and we also lost time in the others. I am a little surprised by the performance of the R-ace GP cars, which are much faster than they’ve been in the past few rounds. We were expecting to see the Kaufmann cars in their place at this point in the weekend, but we will know where everyone really is after qualifying.”
Charles Milesi (R-ace GP): “The two sessions went quite well. I still have work to do, especially in the first sector. I think we will be in a good position if we maintain this pace throughout the weekend. The speed has always been there since my win in Monaco, but I couldn’t put it all together in qualifying and I also made some mistakes in the opening laps. The goal will be to get the very most from my package.”