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Jaguar Racing Rockingham race recap

Points and a podium at Rockingham for Jaguar pair Jaguar Racing pair Andre Lotterer and James Courtney both secured points finishes including a podium position for Andre in today's two Green Flag British Formula Three Championship with Avon...

Points and a podium at Rockingham for Jaguar pair

Jaguar Racing pair Andre Lotterer and James Courtney both secured points finishes including a podium position for Andre in today's two Green Flag British Formula Three Championship with Avon Tyres races at the new Rockingham Motor Speedway in Northamptonshire.

Race One

James qualified seventh after a red flag fifty seconds before the end of qualifying destroyed his intentions of setting a final flying lap. Unable to select first gear owing to a glitch with his gearbox, the young Australian dropped back to ninth, but on the second lap of the race was able to get past Bruce Jouanny to get up to seventh. He then embarked on a thrilling duel with former Formula Ford adversary Mark Taylor, which eventually saw James gain a place to run sixth, where he would ultimately finish the race.

Andre qualified tenth, a spin and stall with three minutes of qualifying remaining quashing any chance of confirming the pole-setting form that he had shown for much of the session. An incredible start meant that by the end of the first lap he had moved up to seventh, which within another lap had improved to sixth. Two laps later and a stunning manoeuvre at the first hairpin of the lap saw Andre get the better of Mark Taylor to move to fifth. For the remainder of the race's thirteen laps he then became embroiled in a three-way tussle with Derek Hayes and Anthony Davidson (3rd and 4th respectively), but despite his best efforts could not improve on this position.

Race Two

Andre qualified third and in spite of a good start off the line, held station in third place. The featuring of the safety car for four laps, allowed the field to take a race restart, but again Andre could not get the better of second placed Anthony Davidson and despite his best efforts could not improve on this position.

James qualified fifth and made a good start to get past Milos Pavlovic off the line. For the fourteen laps of the race he toured the 2.5 miles circuit, which was built by Jaguar Racing partner Morrison plc, behind his team-mate, successfully keeping Pavlovic at bay.

Championship standings

The provisional points standings after 12 of 26 races sees Takuma Sato lead the standings with 151 points. Derek Hayes has 112 points and Andy Priaulx 96 points. James has moved up to fourth with 89 points and Matt Davies has 84 points. Gianmaria Bruni and Anthony Davidson both have 80 points, followed by Andre who has 74.

-JR-

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