Pair of podiums for Courtney at record-breaking Castle Combe
June 24, 2001 - In front of a 17,000 strong crowd, Jaguar Racing's James Courtney finished third in both of the Green Flag British Formula Three Championship races at Castle Combe today. Team-mate Andre Lotterer finished sixth in both races, to move up a place in the Championship standings.
James qualified fourth and held his track position off the line. On the sixth lap, he succeeded in passing third placed Derek Hayes at the final corner of the circuit, Camp. For the next few laps he was able to pursue Takuma Sato, but the Japanese gradually carved out a safety margin between himself and James.
Andre qualified third, but lost places off the line, dropping back to seventh. On the third lap, he lost a further place to Gimmi Bruni but on the fifth lap, was able to successfully reclaim it, making up a further place on the seventh lap. He was to remain in sixth for the remainder of the 20 laps.
James moved from his qualifying position of fifth to fourth off the line, but was not able to take advantage of the safety car, which was called into action for a couple of tours. On the eighth lap, he began to fully pressurize Jamie Spence, eventually passing on the tenth lap at Folly. His dueling with Spence had allowed Sato to pull clear and James had to content himself with maintaining third.
Andre remained in seventh as the lights went to green, and like James could not take advantage from the safety car, losing a place to Matt Davies, which he regained in less than a lap, overtaking at Tower. This corner obviously appealed to Andre, as it was here on the fifteenth lap that he overtook Ryan Dalziel having reeled him in over the preceding laps. He then made a late charge pursuing Derek Hayes, but was not able to catch him before the end of the 22 laps.
Takuma Sato leads the Championship with 192 points, and Derek Hayes is second with 130 points. Anthony Davidson, who won both of today's races, is third with 121 points and James has 113 points. Andy Priaulx has 96 points, followed by Matt Davies who has 88 points and Andre who has 86.