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FPA: Advantage Jousse

Sunday, June 27 2010

Frenchman Maxime Jousse will look to extend his advantage in the championship standings at Snetterton later today when he starts both of the weekend's remaining races from pole position.

Jousse took one win and a third place in yesterday's double-header and now holds a seven point championship lead over Nigel Moore, who himself claimed two solid second place finishes.

With Formula Palmer Audi having its first ever four-race weekend, drivers have contested two qualifying sessions to decide the grids for the entire event. Today follows the same format as Saturday with the early morning qualifying session making up the grid for both races - with each driver's fastest lap going towards the first race grid and their second fastest lap making up the grid for race two.

Buoyed by his impressive performances so far this season, Jousse went out and recorded two laps quicker than his rivals - securing him top spot for both contests. The top three will have the same look in both races as championship challenger Nigel Moore and Brands Hatch race winner Melroy Heemskerk will start in second and third respectively.

Spaniard Jose Alonso Liste took top five grid positions, whilst his fellow countryman Ramon Pineiro endured a difficult session. The Caja Madrid-backed driver could only manage two 15th place finishes and he ended his session in the pitlane after declaring that the peformance and handling of his car was not to his liking.

British quartet Howard Fuller, James Thorp, Kieran Vernon and Callum Holland all had something to shout about following the session after some standout performances from the young talented racers. Fuller will start today's opening race from the second row of the grid, Thorp and Vernon complete the third row for the second contest and Holland took two top eight starting berths.

A special mention should go to Jordan Williams who was back on track after his huge shunt yesterday. The Devon-driver was completely unharmed in a high speed impact with the barrier on the way down Revett Straight during Saturday afternoon's race, and the 19-year-old was able to take up the spare car option for qualifying this morning. As you would expect with a driver in a new car however, Jordan was unable to replicate the pace he showed throughout yesterday and will line-up 11th for both races.

Formula Palmer Audi Championship - Rounds 4, 5, 6 & 7 - Snetterton - Qualifying Two (Race 3 Grid) Provisional Classification:

1. Maxime Jousse, 1:05.754s
2. Nigel Moore, +0.100s
3. Melroy Heemskerk, +0.249s
4. Howard Fuller, +0.300s
5. Jose Alonso Liste, +0.376s
6. Vincent Beltoise, +0.387s
7. James Thorp, +0.423s
8. Callum Holland, +0.502s
9. Kieran Vernon, +0.524s
10. Giuseppe Cipriani, +0.572s

Formula Palmer Audi Championship - Rounds 4, 5, 6 & 7 - Snetterton - Qualifying Two (Race 4 Grid) Provisional Classification:

1. Maxime Jousse, 1:05.760s
2. Nigel Moore, +0.187s
3. Melroy Heemskerk, +0.244s
4. Jose Alonso Liste, +0.484s
5. James Thorp, +0.492s
6. Kieran Vernon, +0.524s
7. Callum Holland, +0.530s
8. Vincent Beltoise, +0.541
9. Howard Fuller, +0.552s
10. Giuseppe Cipriani, +0.629s