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FPA: Maximum Jousse

Sunday, June 27 2010

Frenchman Maxime Jousse continues to show imperious form in the 2010 Formula Palmer Audi Championship after taking his third win of the weekend at Snetterton and his fifth victory of the season.

Jousse stormed away from pole position and marched on to his second lights-to-flag victory of the day, although it didn't look so comfortable in the early stages. Jousse's main championship rival Nigel Moore shadowed the race leader closely for the first two laps before drama struck on lap three.

The lead duo had already pulled away from Melroy Heemskerk in third, but as Moore tried to attack Jousse on the exit of Riches Corner, he spun and dropped down the order. Moore eventually retired in the pitlane after suffering damage during the incident.

The incident left Jousse free to extend the gap to more than five seconds, before a safety car period called to retrieve the stricken car of Tommaso Menchini eradicated his lead.

Jousse calmly pulled away from Heemskerk at the restart as a major four-car tussle for second place allowed him to focus on producing consistent laps. He did exactly that and went on to claim his fifth win in just seven races in 2010 - underlining his dominance of the campaign so far.

Heemskerk drove in a similar style to his performance from this morning's first race, growing in confidence and speed as the contest progressed. While Jose Alonse Liste tried a number of passing attempts, Heemskerk defended well to claim a second podium of the day.

Alonso Liste also repeated his third place from earlier today as the podium result was exactly the same as the previous contest. The battle behind the Spaniard for fourth place involved two remarkable performances from Kieran Vernon and Ramon Pineiro.

Pineiro again stormed through the pack from the back of the grid, carving his way past driver after driver in the early stages, whilst Thorp improved up to fourth from sixth on the grid. Thorp recovered impressively following his high speed shunt earlier in the day and put his spare car to good use in this contest, but he couldn't hang on to fourth as Pineiro made a last gasp move on the final lap.

Callum Holland took sixth while Vincent Beltoise and James Thorp again impressed, taking seventh and eighth respectively.

Formula Palmer Audi Championship - Rounds 4, 5, 6 & 7 - Snetterton - Race Four Provisional Classification:

1. Maxime Jousse, 18 laps
2. Melroy Heemskerk, +2.260s
3. Jose Alonso Liste, +3.414s
4. Ramon Pineiro, +4.094s
5. Kieran Vernon, +4.309s
6. Callum Holland, +8.149s
7. Vincent Beltoise, +9.636s
8. James Thorp, +10.025s
9. Tom Ashton, +10.860s
10. Jordan Williams, +11.141s