Maxime Jousse had a mixed weekend at Snetterton as he took three out of four victories over the course of the first four-race event for the Formula Palmer Audi series but received an official reprimand for his part in Jordan Williams spectacular accident .
The first race of the weekend was dominated by Jordan Williams who took his first ever single seater victory followed by former sports car racer Nigel Moore, Jousse would have to settle for third place this time.
Race two would be a different matter, on the opening lap Williams was looking to make up lost time after being passed by Jousse on the start. As he chased second place along the Revett straight he used his boost button to close the gap; Jousse missed a gear at this point and made a desperate attempt to block Williams, moving over into the path of the 19-year-old. The huge speed differential left Williams nowhere to go other than in the back of Jousse’s car., which resulted in Williams being catapulted in to the air, in a similar to the accident to those seen in Valencia this weekend. The car would somersault five times and pass over the safety barrier, finally coming to rest on the banking near the bridge. Thankfully Williams would walk away from the incident unharmed.
See below for a video of the incident:
Jousse would take victory in the restarted second race followed by Moore who had finished on the podium in every race this season and Spaniard Ramon Pineiro.
The third race of the weekend would see Moore lose his podium run after being passed by Melroy Heemskerk and Jose Alonso Liste in the early stages, the fight for positions leaving Jousse out in front for his second win of the weekend.
Moore would have his first DNF of the season in the fourth and final race of the weekend after spinning out of second place at Riches corner in the early stages of the race. Despite continuing he was forced to retire from the race as a result of the damage sustained in the accident.
The podium for the fourth race would be the same as the previous race with Jousse leading home Heemskerk and Alonso Liste.
“It was a great weekend for me.” commented Maxime Jousse. “I wanted to finish each race on the podium, which would have been good for the championship, but to take three wins is fantastic. This championship is about being consistent and I feel that I am doing that.”
The three wins and Moore’s DNF means that Jousse now leads the championship by thirty nine points. Just five points cover third through to fifth in the standings.
The next round of the Formula Palmer Audi Championship takes place at Oulton Park on 24 July.