Mixed Fortunes For Jakes At F3 Euro Series Opener Manor Motorsport's James Jakes experienced a weekend of mixed fortunes at the opening rounds of the Formula Three Euro Series, held at Hockenheim, Germamy from 19-22 April. The 19 year old ...
Mixed Fortunes For Jakes At F3 Euro Series Opener
Manor Motorsport's James Jakes experienced a weekend of mixed fortunes at the opening rounds of the Formula Three Euro Series, held at Hockenheim, Germamy from 19-22 April.
The 19 year old British driver made an excellent start to his campaign, lining up on the front row of the grid after qualifying, just two and a half tenths of a second behind pole sitter and race one winner Sebastian Buemi.
Unfortunately for James, a poor start in race one relegated him to fifth position at the first corner and was then hit from behind on the opening lap at the first hairpin, resulting in a bent pushrod and severe handling difficulties. Lying in thirteenth position at the end of the opening lap James brought his ill-handling Dallara home in eleventh position.
Lining up in his finishing position from the first race for race two, Jakes had a strong race, making great progress from the mid pack to finish fifth, less than eight seconds behind the race winner Romain Grosjean.
Speaking after the second race of the meeting, James was full of optimism for the rest of the season:
"After the opening rounds here in Hockenheim I am confident that the speed is there to be challenging for race wins at every remaining round of the series.
"After a great qualifying, my weekend was compromised by a poor start in the first race, which meant I was fighting for points in the second race rather than the win that my pace suggested I was capable of.
"Nevertheless I am very much looking forward to the next round -- a home event for me at Brands Hatch in England. It is a circuit I have raced at many times before and I hope that local knowledge will give me an edge over my rivals." Explained James.