Frustrating weekend at Oulton Park for Jaguar duo Jaguar Racing duo Andre Lotterer and James Courtney both experienced a disappointing weekend at Oulton Park as part of their 2001 Green Flag British Formula Three Championship campaign, with each...
Frustrating weekend at Oulton Park for Jaguar duo
Jaguar Racing duo Andre Lotterer and James Courtney both experienced a disappointing weekend at Oulton Park as part of their 2001 Green Flag British Formula Three Championship campaign, with each failing to finish in one of the day's two twenty-minute races.
Andre qualified fourth on the grid, again indicating the talent that had come to the fore at Donington Park last weekend. A good start moved him up to the third, but the safety car was then deployed with almost immediate effect after a first-corner incident by some of the back-markers. Unfortunately an opportunity to capitalise on the race restart was not to go the young German's way and on the third lap he pulled into retirement due to an exhaust problem.
James qualified fifteenth, and was then nominated by the race commentators as the weekend's "Action Man", the driver they expected to shine by moving up through the race. He didn't disappoint. By the end of the first lap, he had risen to twelfth and after the race restart had moved up to seventh where he would remain until the end of the fourteen laps.
Andre qualified eighth but as the grid waited for the lights to go green he stalled his engine. Once the remainder of the thirty-two cars passed, his mechanics were allowed onto the grid to assist with starting the car. By the end of the first lap he was twenty-ninth, and was able to take advantage of the safety car taking a couple of tours, to be up to twenty-sixth by the end of the third lap. From then on his progress was steady; he eventually finished sixteenth.
James was unable to capitalise at the start owing to both his team-mate's and another stalled car. He then found himself embroiled in a three-way battle with Ash Katsumata and Jeffrey Jones, which eventually saw him forced off the track on the sixth lap, unable to rejoin, making this the first race of the season in which he failed to score points.