Flying Fenestraz in fantastic form to take first win of season in Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup

May 2017
Sacha Fenestraz
French-Argentinian racer Sacha Fenestraz was in fantastic form as he secured a brilliant first win of the season in Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup this weekend (May 26-28)

The 17-year-old Josef Kaufmann Racing driver took a commanding victory in the F1 Monaco Grand Prix curtain raiser – the second time he has done so in two seasons. The talented teen took second-place in the first race before dominating proceedings from start to finish in the second. And the delighted ADD Motorsports driver feels there’s a lot more to come after closing the gap in the title race. He said: “It was a brilliant weekend, it was one of those weekends where everything just came together. “After Pau I said things had started to click and I felt this weekend would continue on from there and it did. “It was amazing to get the first win of the season – my second here in three starts! “The team have been brilliant and now we hope we can keep up this momentum and it will be the first of many.”

Sacha looked very good straight away in practice, with his pace seeing him to P1. Qualifying on the road circuit was split into two sessions to give all 30 drivers the chance of some clear runs. The driver with the fastest time overall would start the second race in pole, with the fastest driver in the other group taking pole in the first race.Sacha was on the pace immediately and moved to the top of the time sheet and held on, even after making contact with a guard rail. Despite putting on the fastest time overall, it meant he would start in P2 for the first race and pole for the second. On another difficult track to overtake on, Sacha got the first race off to a good start and looked for openings to overtake. But when the opportunity didn’t present itself, he decided to take it a little easier and ensure second place remained his. The second race saw Sacha dominate from the start, soon having close to a three second gap to the next driver.

Sacha Fenestraz: "It was amazing to get the first win of the season - my second here in three starts!"

The driver made sure not to over-push and kept in front - and with the race concluding behind the safety car, took the well-deserved victory. He added: “It was a shame the race ended with the safety car, but we were so fast I always felt in control. "We’ve changed a few things in my preparations that really seem to be working so I don’t think we’ll be changing again! “I’m still third in the Championship but I’ve closed the gap now and there’s a long way still to go. “We want to keep putting some wins together now for the rest of the season.”Fraser Sheader, director of performance and management team ADD Motorsports, added: "Sacha had a brilliant weekend, he improved every time he hit the track."His preparation before the races were perfect and provided the platform for him to get the win we all knew was just around the corner. "He made so much progress this week, we're really pleased for him and hope we can really push on from here." Sacha is third overall in the Championship on 115 points. The drivers move on to Hungaroring on June 30.