James Jakes Takes Thrilling Maiden Formula 3 Victory in Front of F1 Crowd at Magny-Cours Manor Motorsports James Jakes has taken his maiden Formula Three Euro Series victory in round 8 of the championship at the 4.411 kilometre long Magny-Cours...
James Jakes Takes Thrilling Maiden Formula 3 Victory in Front of F1 Crowd at Magny-Cours
Manor Motorsports James Jakes has taken his maiden Formula Three Euro Series victory in round 8 of the championship at the 4.411 kilometre long Magny-Cours circuit in the Nevers region of France.
The Formula Three Euro Series was supporting the Formula One World Championship during F1's final visit to Magny-Cours and the Formula 3 drivers were out to impress the F1 team principals in the two races that took place over the course of the weekend.
19-year-old James Jakes was looking to improve upon his 7th and 5th places that he scored at the previous weeks round at the Norisring. He qualified in a respectable 5th place for race 1, only 0.359 seconds from pole position sitter and eventual race winner Kamui Kobayashi. Jakes lost one place at the start of the race and couldn't improve on his sixth position throughout the course of the 16-lap race at a circuit that offers very few overtaking opportunities.
James lined up for race 2 in third position on the grid and once again lost a position at the start of the race, this time to Manor teammate Franck Mallieux. A brief safety car period ensued but it wasn't long before the rookie driver fought back to re-take his third place with a smart move around the outside of the Adelaide hairpin. He soon caught the leaders, Jean-Karl Vernay and Yelmer Buurman, until the first three drivers were covered by less than two seconds.
There had been a fierce battle for the lead by Vernay and Buurman throughout the early stages of the race that resulted in the two drivers tangling at the Adelaide hairpin on lap 11. As a result of this incident James grasped the opportunity to snatch the lead and immediately pulled out a commanding lead on his unfortunate rivals. James took the chequered flag for his maiden Formula 3 Euro Series victory with a 3.388 second margin over second placed Vernay.
On his victory James remarked: "I am very happy with my maiden victory in the Formula 3 Euro Series. Winning in front of the Formula 1 crowd is great as any driver wants to be on the top step of the podium in front of all the Formula One team principals."
This hard fought but well earned victory has moved James up to fifth in the championship standings, seventeen points behind leader Sebastien Buemi.
James will be looking forward to repeating his race winning performance when the Formula 3 Euro Series visits the Italian circuit of Mugello in just under a fortnight's time.