Sacha Fenestraz racks up the points after solid weekend in Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup
The 17-year-old Josef Kaufmann Racing driver put on a strong performance to finish fifth from a ninth-place start in the first race at Silverstone. Disappointingly, contact forced him to retire early in the second race when a podium place looked on. But after a brilliant double podium in the last round, it was still enough to see his quest for silverware remain on track as he went third in the Championship. The ADD Motorsports-supported racer said: “It was a pretty good weekend overall, but two moments in qualifying and the second race contact, cost me. “The speed was there and I was really happy with my performance to come fifth from my starting position in the first race. “Obviously to be forced to retire in the second race was disappointing, but you get these weekends when things don’t go your way. “I just need to go again next round and put it behind me.”
Sacha was fast in practice, especially on new tyres in the second session when he was at the front until the end. Going out in the second group in the first qualifying session he was getting faster as the track dried out. He was running in P1 until an incident saw the group flagged. At the re-start there was just one lap left and a mistake on the third corner lost him time and left him in ninth overall. Despite the set-back, the driver got off to a great start in the first race, pushing all the way to get as many points as he could. One good overtake and some pacey laps helped him move up to fifth by the end. Sacha Fenestraz:
"It’s a good position to be in but there will be a lot of ups and downs before the end of the season."
Things were much better in the second qualifying session, when Sacha finished second in his group, but ended first - third overall - after another driver was hit with a penalty. Sacha was one of four drivers battling for position at the start of the second race before slight contact left him with wheel damage and a puncture. Frustratingly, he was forced to retire from the race.But the first race result was good enough to put him on 46 points and third place in the Championship. He added: “It’s a good position to be in but there will be a lot of ups and downs before the end of the season. “I will try not to think about the title at this stage and just concentrate on my driving. There’s a long way to go.”Fraser Sheader, director of performance and management team ADD Motorsports, added: “Sacha showed great pace this week, but unfortunately two small mistakes cost him. “To get fifth in the first race from ninth was a really good effort and he was second fastest in the race. “It was just a shame he got the puncture in the second, as he was looking sharp. But there wasn’t much he could have done and there are plenty of positives to take away.”