Jakes best-placed F3 Euro Series driver in Macau
18 November 2007 – In the 54th Polytec Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix, James Jakes (Manor Motorsport) was the best-placed Formula 3 Euro Series driver. The Briton finished seventh in a race that was won by Oliver Jarvis (Team Reckless TOM's) from Japanese drivers Kodai Tsukakoshi (Manor Motorsport) and Kazuya Oshima (Team Reckless TOM's). Reigning Formula 3 Euro Series champion Romain Grosjean (ASM Formule 3) drove a great overtaking race and came home in eighth place after having started 21st. Edoardo Mortara (Signature Plus) was tenth. He also made up many places from 26th on the grid.
While Jarvis led all the way from lights to flag to claim the coveted win in the prestigious event, there were quite a lot of position fights further down in the field. Yelmer Buurman (Manor Motorsport), who had started sixth and looked set for a good result on his second participation in Macau, was sidelined very early after a wheel had come off his car on the opening lap. For a while, Franck Mailleux (Manor Motorsport) was the best-placed driver from the Formula 3 Euro Series, running in eighth place, but on lap seven, he hit the barrier at Moorish Hill. After that, the safety-car was deployed for three laps. In the remaining five laps after racing resumed, Grosjean and Mortara continued their remarkable recovery and both made it into the top ten.
James Jakes (Manor Motorsport) said: "I was sixth here last year, so it is fair to say that I had expected a little bit more from this weekend than only a seventh place. Basically, we have been struggling all weekend and were around tenth place in almost every session. The main problem was lack of top speed."