Pole Position and Second Place for James Jakes at Brands Hatch The short Brands Hatch Indy Circuit hosted the second round of the 2007 Formula Three Euroseries this weekend. Manor Motorsports James Jakes made his intentions clear from the start...
Pole Position and Second Place for James Jakes at Brands Hatch
The short Brands Hatch Indy Circuit hosted the second round of the 2007 Formula Three Euroseries this weekend. Manor Motorsports James Jakes made his intentions clear from the start that he would impress at his home race by taking pole position for race 1.
The 19-year old from Leeds scored pole position with a time of 41.704 seconds around the 1.929 kilometre Indy Circuit, 0.013 seconds faster than his Manor Motorsports team mate Franck Mailleux. With only a few minutes of qualifying remaining, Jakes seized pole from Frenchman Romain Grosjean who would start the race from third on the grid.
When the race 1 lights went out, James had problems getting away from the grid but avoided a controversial coming together between Romain Grosjean and Franck Mailleux that saw rookie Mailleux eliminated from the race. Jakes' slow get away from the grid was enough to allow Grosjean to take the lead of the race where he stayed until the chequered flag. The short, tight Indy Circuit does not promote overtaking and James crossed the finish line in second place 1.139 seconds behind winner Grosjean.
After the race Jakes commented: "I was having slight problems at the start, which is why my start wasn't as good as I had expected. As overtaking in normal conditions is neigh impossible here, victory was beyond reach. Too bad, but the points are important, too."
The race 1 result meant that James would start the second from eighth on the grid but he once again suffered problems at the start. However, on a circuit that is notoriously difficult for overtaking, Jakes pulled off a superb passing manoeuvre to take ninth place from Harald Schlegelmilch on the approach to Druids. He then inherited eighth place with ten laps to go when Dani Close went off track at Druids.
Eighth place did not reflect the young Britons weekend pace as he came away from Brands with a pole position and second place podium place. James will travel to the Norisring in a fortnight's time lying fifth in the championship but only 11 points behind the championship leader.