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Podiums for Jaguar pair on Brands GP

Jaguar Racing pair James Courtney and Andre Lotterer added some more silverware to the team's collection this weekend, after James achieved two second place finishes and Andre a third place in the Green Flag British Formula Three Championship...

Jaguar Racing pair James Courtney and Andre Lotterer added some more silverware to the team's collection this weekend, after James achieved two second place finishes and Andre a third place in the Green Flag British Formula Three Championship races at Brands Hatch in Kent. Both drivers have moved up in the Championship standings as a result of their performances.

Race One

James had qualified third on the grid, a commendable performance after he identified early in the session that there was a problem with his gearbox. Polesitter Takuma Sato stalled on the grid, allowing Derek Hayes to take an immediate lead, quickly followed by James. The safety car came out on the second lap and despite James's best efforts at the restart, he could not find a way past Hayes. He pushed hard for the remainder of the race but had to content himself with second.

Andre arrived at Brands fresh from setting the second fastest time of the final day of Formula One testing in Monza. He was quickly on the pace, provisionally holding pole and ultimately qualifying fourth, alongside his team-mate. He was also able to take advantage of Sato stalling, to move up to third. In the early stages, he looked set to challenge James for second, but had to himself defend some challenges from Paul Edwards, who he was ultimately able to open a healthy gap over.

Race Two

James had claimed pole after a nail-biting qualifying session that saw the top places change every time a car completed a lap. Unusually, James failed to make one of his bullet starts and saw the lead of the race immediately go to Takuma Sato. He pushed hard but ultimately drove a lonely race, unchallenged by third-placed Mark Taylor and unable to make a move on Sato.

Andre had qualified sixth and like his team-mate also made a poor start, conceding two places. The gap to Andy Priaulx in front of him was minimal, and on the seventh lap, Andre was able to successfully complete an over-taking manoeuvre at the circuit's notorious first corner, Paddock Hill. He then set about pursuing sixth-placed Derek Hayes, but could not find a way past.

Provisional Championship Standings

Takuma Sato continues to lead the Championship with 206 points, and Derek Hayes is second with 156 points. James has moved up to third with 143 points, ahead of Anthony Davidson who has 129 points. Andre has moved up to fifth with 102 points.

-JR-

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