Chilton ends season with a podium and track record
 September 13, 2015| 
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Max Chilton took third place in the final Indy Lights race of the season after a chaotic rolling start. The British racer was almost taken out of contention at the start, but managed to hold on and take the final podium position. Ed Jones, who had a tough battle to be in with a chance of the 2015 title, crossed the line in fourth place after a last lap move on Shelby Blackstock but lost out on the title in his rookie season to be classified third overall.   

After being consistently the fastest driver all weekend, Chilton started from pole position for the customary rolling start. It was a messy one though with championship contender Jack Harvey making an over enthusiastic start and jumping Chilton who was controlling proceedings. Forced to defend, Chilton had no choice but to push, and so the race started with Chilton defending from Harvey, which allowed Spencer Pigot and Sean Rayhall into first and second respectively. Somehow, Chilton managed to avoid going off, but was now third while Jones was fifth.  

With championship leader Pigot now leading the race, Jones saw his championship hopes dashed, despite now being ahead of Harvey who had been sent to the back of the field for jumping the start. The Indy Lights rookie wasn’t about to give up though and kept pushing despite being potentially out of the title hunt.  

The field was bunched up twice behind the safety car and at the second restart Chilton had a run on second placed man Rayhall although couldn’t find a way past. The Carlin driver was displaying strong pace though, breaking the racing track record previously set by Helio Castroneves. 

With only two laps to go and his title hopes over, Jones was still pushing and was now right with Blackstock in the fight for fourth. Jones took the place on the white flag lap, claiming more points for his championship tally which put him third behind newly crowned champion Pigot and runner-up Jack Harvey.  

Reflecting on his season, Jones said, “We started off the season really well with three wins but had a few unfortunate races afterwards. We had strong pace all year but just missed putting everything together partly through not knowing the circuit and lack of experience. But we’ve proved we’re front runners. Things could so easily have gone the other way and we could have been walking with the championship.”  

After taking third today, Chilton summed up, “It’s been an up and down year success wise but importantly we’ve shown great potential at every even on the calendar and shown we have a strong package in our first year in America. Winning on the oval at Iowa was a real highlight for me. From a personal perspective this season has given me a real insight into American racing and definitely whetted my appetite for more, so we’ll see what the future holds.” 

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