Maxime Jousse does the double Frenchman leaves Brands Hatch with championship lead after sealing his second victory of the day Maxime Jousse took two dominant victories at Brands Hatch to finish the opening FPA event of the season with a lead...
Maxime Jousse does the double
Frenchman leaves Brands Hatch with championship lead after sealing his second victory of the day
Maxime Jousse took two dominant victories at Brands Hatch to finish the opening FPA event of the season with a lead in the championship standings. Nigel Moore also starred as the young Ginetta graduate grabbed three podium finishes on his single seater debut, whilst Dutch racer Melroy Heemskerk won the season opener.
Drivers had to deal with tricky wet conditions during qualifying on Saturday and it was Spain's Jorge Pescador who claimed the first pole position of the new season, whilst Jousse took top spot in qualifying two -- his maiden pole in Formula Palmer Audi.
Heemskerk claimed the first race victory of the 2010 Formula Palmer Audi season after surging into the lead on the run down to Paddock Hill Bend for the first time, as fellow front row starter Pescador bogged down at the start. Heemskerk dealt with pressure from behind throughout the race, along with two safety car periods, as he clinched the win ahead of Ramon Pineiro and Nigel Moore. Jordan Williams and Maxime Jousse came home fourth and fifth respectively after Pescador crashed out early on.
In race two, pole-sitter Jousse was able to get a stellar getaway and never looked back as he took a commanding win by more than six seconds. Nigel Moore and Ramon Pineiro again battled for second position, as they did in the opening race of the day, but this time it was the Briton who took the honours.
Frenchman Jousse made it look even easier in the final race of the weekend after he got the jump on Jose Alonso Liste off the line. The Spanish driver dropped as low as fifth in the early stages after also being passed by Vincent Beltoise, Nigel Moore and Aaron Steele. Jousse eventually cruised to take his double victory while Moore grabbed second after a great late pass on Vincent Beltoise. The French driver eventually hung on to take third ahead of a gaggle of challengers but he was given a ten second penalty after the race for ignoring a black and orange flag. The flag was issued to Beltoise after the undertray of his car came loose following contact with Alonso Liste, and was adjudged to have been dangerous.
Aaron Steele finished the race just 0.641s behind Beltoise on the track but the British driver's weekend improved further when he was promoted to third following the stewards post-race penalty for his French rival.
Jousse holds a five point advantage over Nigel Moore at the summit of the standings, whilst Pineiro is a further eight points back after three solid points scoring finishes. Aaron Steele's podium in race three promoted the Briton to fourth in the championship, ahead of his compatriots Jordan Williams, Kieran Vernon and Spaniard Alonso Liste.
Maxime Jousse said: "It was a good race for me and it was definitely more comfortable than the first. This gives me the confidence to know that I can challenge for this championship although it is going to very tough. It has been a great day - I stayed focussed throughout and didn't make any mistakes."