DOUBLE POINTS FINISH FOR JAKES AT ZANDVOORT James Jakes emerged from the 11th and 12th rounds of the 2007 Formula 3 Euroseries at Zandvoort in the Netherlands over the weekend, 28th/29th July, as Manor Motorsport's most consistent driver; a ...
DOUBLE POINTS FINISH FOR JAKES AT ZANDVOORT
James Jakes emerged from the 11th and 12th rounds of the 2007 Formula 3 Euroseries at Zandvoort in the Netherlands over the weekend, 28th/29th July, as Manor Motorsport's most consistent driver; a braceof points-scoring results seeing the Yorkshire teenager retain fourth position in the championship standings.
During Saturday's qualifying session it was hometown hero Yelmer Buurman who looked set to have the biggest impact of all four Manor drivers after posting the third fastest time with a lap of 1m 32.687 seconds, a career-best F3 Euroseries performance although he felt it could have been even better but for yellow flags on his final lap.
French team-mate Franck Mailleux, heading into the weekend with the lead in the 'Rookie' standings produced the sixth fastest time with a lap three 10ths of a second shy of Buurman's best, Jakes was 10th quickest and Cyndie Allemann was 20th.
The first race on Saturday afternoon saw Mailleux come home in fifth position, two spots ahead of the unfortunate Buurman who saw a slow getaway spoil his hopes of a podium result at his home venue.
Jakes crossed the line in eighth position, just three 10ths of a second behind his Dutch team-mate while Allemann raced superbly well with a terrific performance to climb into the top 12.
F3 Euroseries' grid-format for the second race of any given weekend, which takes the finishing order from the first event but reverses the top eight, meant Jakes would start round 12 from pole position with Buurman alongside on the front row, Mailleux on row two in fourth and Allemann on row six.
Ahead of Sunday's race rain fell but the track wasn't wet enough for treaded tyres and at the start, pole-sitter Jakes saw his bid for another F3 Euroseries race victory thwarted immediately when a handbrake problem saw him passed by Buurman and German driver Nico Hulkenberg.
Further rain saw Buurman remind everyone of his astounding prowess in tricky conditions on slick tyres and he pressured race leader Hulkenberg. The latter pitted on lap seven for treaded rubber and so the Manor ace took the lead of his home event and pressed on but the gamble to remain on slicks didn't pay off and he fell to 16th at the flag.
Jakes crossed the line in sixth place as Dinnington-based Manor's best finisher to claim an extra point for his championship total, with Sheffield-based Mailleux in 11th place and Swiss starlet Allemann coming home in 14th spot.
Speaking on the weekend, team boss John Booth said: "It was disappointing really as, had it stayed dry, I think we'd have had some excellent results in the bag. The gamble for Yelmer on slicks in the second race didn't pay off unfortunately, it was one of those calls which so easily could have worked out brilliantly.
"James' problem with the handbrake in the second race was a real shame as he stood a great chance of chasing another win. Franck still leads the rookie championship which is obviously good news and Cyndie produced two superb drives, we're delighted with her performances and progress."
BP Ultimate Masters less thana week away There is now a five-week break in the F3 Euroseries calendar with rounds 13 and 14 of the campaign taking place at the Nurburgring in Germany on 1st/2nd September. Manor Motorsport will, however, be back in action thiscoming weekend, 4th/5th August, during the BP Ultimate Masters event at Zolder in the Netherlands.
Alongside regular drivers James Jakes, who will celebrate his 20th birthday on the Saturday of the event, Franck Mailleux and Yelmer Buurman, Chinese sensation Cheng Cong Fu -- who competes in British F3 and A1GP -- will make his race debut in a Manor F3 car as replacement for Cyndie Allemann who always planned to sit-out the event.
Cheng, known affectionately as 'Franky', has strong links with John Booth's squad having spent several seasons in Formula Renault UK with Manor. After taking his first race win in the third round of the 2005 Winter Championship at Croft, Franky went on to claim eight podium finishes en-route to third overall in the main 2006 championship.
"It's great to have Franky in the team for the Masters race", said Booth, "He's never been in the car before so he really needs to hit the ground running on Friday, he's only got two 20 minute sessions though! We're really looking forward to it."
With the stand-alone BP Ultimate Masters event being held at Zolder for the first time in its history, having previously been staged at Zandvoort, Manor has high hopes of fighting for a famous victory at a race which has an incredibly storied history, bringing together the cream of talent from across Europe.