Formula 3 report - Brands Hatch 16th September 2001 Podium for Courtney on Brands Indy James Courtney achieved a second place finish at Brands Hatch today to keep his hopes of second in the Green Flag British Formula Three Championship with...
Formula 3 report - Brands Hatch
16th September 2001
Podium for Courtney on Brands Indy
James Courtney achieved a second place finish at Brands Hatch today to keep his hopes of second in the Green Flag British Formula Three Championship with Avon Tyres mathematically alive. Tam-mate Andre Lotterer also scored points in one of the day's two races, to maintain his fifth place in the standings.
James made an excellent start from fifth, however Mark Taylor was a little slower starting and in an effort to stop James passing him, squeezed the Jaguar Racing car into the wall, meaning that James dropped back to tenth. He was able to complete the race in tenth, however had suffered front wing damage that hampered the performance of his car.
Andre failed to take up his sixth spot on the grid for the race. On the first lap out of the pits to take to the grid, he was involved in an incident with Matt Davies, which saw his Dallara go airborne before crashing into the barrier.
James had qualified on pole, which is actually in a slight dip meaning that he had to start uphill, whereas the second place driver starts downhill. This allowed Takuma Sato to draw alongside James and the pair ran side by side for much of the opening lap. With Sato having nothing to lose as he had already won the Championship and James continuing to battle for second in the standings, he eventually conceded the position rather than fight as vigorously as he might normally. For the remainder of the twenty-six tours, he held second, never really being threatened by third-placed Anthony Davidson.
The damage Andre had sustained earlier in the day meant that it was a race against time to repair his car for the second race, but a solid effort by all the team ensured he lined up in sixth position. He made a fair start to hold sixth, but found his self among a consistent group of drivers and so was unable to gain any places.
Takuma Sato has 333 points and Anthony Davidson 243. Derek Hayes has 228 and James 207, Andre is next up with 138 points and Gimmi Bruni is sixth with 136 points.