Talented James finds right formula in first race at famous Nurburgring

BRITISH racer James Jakes and Dutchman Yelmer Buurman both enjoyed points-scoring finishes for Manor Motorsport at the Nurburgring during rounds 13 and 14 of the Formula 3 Euroseries season.

Monday, 3rd September 2007, 1:57 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th September 2007, 12:28 pm

Saturday’s 29-lap race proved to be a bitter-sweet event for the Dinnington squad. Jakes raced to a strong fourth-place finish but Buurman saw a potential points haul ripped from his grasp after being served with a drive-through penalty following a coming together with Japanese racer Kamui Kobayashi.

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For Sunday’s 14th round of the campaign Buurman took the last championship point in sixth with Jakes just half a second behind in seventh.

Manor boss John Booth said: “Yelmer had a great race from 15th on the grid to sixth. It was such a shame he was given the drive-through in Saturday’s race as he was going well in seventh. It wasn’t a fair decision at all as Kamui Kobayashi just braked late.

“James had a good weekend, fourth was a great result and especially when you consider it’s his first time at the Nurburgring. In round 14 it was just the start that caused him problems but he had a terrific race with Yelmer and Renger van der Zande.”