Sacha Fenestraz looking to push on after another brilliant podium in Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup

May 2017
Sacha Fenestraz
French-Argentinian driver Sacha Fenestraz was delighted to take another podium in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup this weekend (May 19-21). The 17-year-old Josef Kaufmann Racing driver finished strongly to end up second in the final race at the street track of Pau.

The eventual winner was later penalised for a move on the ADD Motorsports racer that forced him onto the pavement when he felt he could have passed. But after his third podium in three rounds, he could still be happy with his pacey performance and believes the first win is just around the corner. He said: “It was a pretty good weekend. A slight mistake in the first qualifying session cost me some places, but apart from that I felt I did well. “It’s a really hard track to overtake on, you only have one or two opportunities so it can be a bit frustrating. “I was unlucky in the last race as when I had a chance to get through I was pushed on to the pavement. The driver was penalised for it, but rather that get a penalty in this race which could have given me the win, he lost two grid places in the next, which obviously didn’t help me.  “We really showed our pace this weekend, so although I’m happy with another podium, I’m ready to push on. A win is hopefully just around the corner.”

Despite being Josef Kaufmann Racing's first time at Pau in the competition, Sacha looked pacey from the word go in practice. However, a little mistake in qualifying cost him some places, with his third-place finish in his group only enough for a sixth-place start in the first race. On a track notoriously difficult to overtake on, he got off to a good start in the first race - and the more he got used to the car, the better he felt as the race progressed.  But with no opportunities to overtake presenting itself, he had to be content with finishing where he began, in sixth. Things were better in the second qualifying session, with Sacha going out in the second group. He took first in his group and second overall. While the teen didn’t get a great start in the second race, the leader went wide at turn one giving Sacha the opportunity to get on the inside.

Sacha Fenestraz: "We really showed our pace this weekend...a win is hopefully just around the corner."

But he squeezed him on to the path, with Sacha losing valuable time and unable to find another opportunity to overtake throughout the race. While he made up ground on him in the final laps, he came home in second for his third podium this season. After the race, winner Peroni was penalised two grid positions at the next round for the infringement. Sacha added: “We are onto Monaco next and I won there last season - it’s a track I like.  “I’m hoping to have a better qualifying next round and will be concentrating on not making any mistakes. If I can do that and the pace is as good as it was this weekend, I think the season can really get going.” Sacha is third overall in the Championship on 72 points. The drivers move on to Monaco for the next round, on 26-28 May.