Arden Motorsport ended the Formula Renault Eurocup season on a high after securing the Rookie title with Alex Quinn at Circuit Paul Ricard last weekend [14-15 November].
The Banbury-based team headed out to the 3.63-mile Le Castellet circuit with optimism following Quinn's latest trip to the podium at Hockenheim, the Brit holding a narrow six-point lead at the top of the Rookie standings.
The contribution of team-mates Ugo de Wilde and Reshad De Gerus would also prove vital, with the team chasing down a top-three spot in the Teams' standings for the second season in succession.
In-form man Quinn led the trio in both qualifying sessions and moved forward to fifth in the opening race of the weekend - the penultimate of the season - hounding eventual champion Victor Martins in the closing stages.
That result secured a seventh Rookie win of the campaign, with de Wilde and De Gerus similarly making forward progress to eighth and twelfth respectively by the chequered flag.
Heading into the season finale, Quinn's comfortable lead in the Rookie standings meant he only needed to out-score closest rival David Vidales to bring the title home, and he duly obliged.
Another fifth-place finish - and an eighth victory in class - proved enough for Quinn, bringing home Arden's first championship title in Europe's premier single-seater series.
It wasn't quite the finale de Wilde and De Gerus would have hoped for, the Belgian taking eleventh, with De Gerus an unfortunate retiree, but both have impressed over the course of the year, the latter in his first season at this level.
Arden narrowly missed out on third in the Teams' standings, but a comfortable fourth-placed finish for the team puts down the foundations for another push towards the front in 2021.
Ben Salter, Arden Formula Renault Team Manager said:
"Congratulations to Alex on securing the Rookie title, it's been another positive weekend for him and he's shown all season he's among the class of the field, so it's a well-deserved reward and a nice note to end the season on.
"Obviously it wasn't the season finale both Ugo and Reshad would have been hoping for, but I'd like to take the opportunity to thank them both for their hard work and effort across the year. There have been some definitely highlights, and they've acquitted themselves well in a tough field.
"We've just missed out on another top-three finish in the Teams' standings, but we've laid down some really solid foundations this year, and the aim will be to keep building on those in the future.
"Obviously the championship as we know it is evolving, and merging with Formula Regional, so I'd like to take the opportunity to thank the organisers for their support and commitment over our time in the series.
"And lastly, to the team - they've really made this happen. I'm constantly bowled over by their hard work, enthusiasm and sheer commitment to the cause. Thanks to each and every one of them - now the hard work starts for 2021!"
Alex Quinn (#20) said:
"I'm very happy to have ended the season with a solid weekend running at the front, and to do what was needed to secure both the Rookie championship and fourth overall.
"The performance of the car - and the team behind me - was superb this weekend, and it meant I had all the tools I needed to get the job done.
"I'd like to take the opportunity to thank every individual within the team, and especially our Team Principal, Garry Horner, for the chance I've been given this year. I'm excited to see what's next!"