F3: Dubai’s star driver Ed Jones makes it three wins on his race comeback at Spa
Sat, Jul 26th 2014 -With a 3 month lay off after his big crash at the French street circuit Pau in May, Dubai born Ed Jones has bounced back to take three stellar wins at Spa-Francorchamps Circuit in Belgium during the British F3.
Jones usually races in the FIA European F3 Championship with team Carlin Motorsport, and joined the Cooper Tyres British F3 flyaway round, supporting the Blancpain Endurance Series 24hr at Spa to get in some much needed seat time after such a long lay off in rehab with a fractured vertebrae.
Throughout the weekend Ed had good pace and although he didn’t score points he made short work of carving his way to a Pole position start for race 1 on Friday.
While both victors led their classes from the off, in Race 1 they were unable to make up ground due to an incident at the beginning of the race. Ed Jones cruised from start to take the win thanks to a quick getaway off the line and a strong restart after the safety car which allowed him to maintain a strong gap to the end.
“So far it’s been a perfect weekend, pole position and then wining the first race,” said Jones. “It was a relatively straight forward race, I got a good start off the line and then there was the safety car but I managed to get another good start from there.”
Dark clouds pre-empted the second race of the 2014 Cooper Tires British F3 weekend but a mostly dry track saw Carlin’s Ed Jones take his second win of the day. Starting in a reverse grid format, Ed came from row three but was tense affair for Jones and Galeal until the end.
“It was always wet going into turn one which played a factor and it very difficult to stay close to Roberto but in the end I got him,” said Jones.
Race 3 started in the misty morning of the Belgian track at 9:45am, and Ed got a good start but Galeal’s soon edged Jones, as he took the lead early on. Jones probed for a chance to retake the lead, and soon did at Les Combes corner.
By the halfway point, Galeal had regained first position and built a small gap over Jones, but he hounded him down to bring the gap down to less than half a second.
After a small skirmish at the Kemmel straight, Galeal’s defending forced Jones into the grass, but it was not to deter Jones, who took the lead on the next turn and held on for his third victory.
It was a perfect weekend for me, especially on my comeback,” said Jones. “That race was quite difficult with Sean, as on my first attempt to overtake I touched his back and then when I finally passed him, I was on the grass so it was a bit risky. It was an exciting race and good to get the win at the end.”
The next race for Ed is with his FIA European F3 Championship at the Red Bull Ring on Aug 3rd
Report by Lex Akehurst @XSPORT