Jones Takes Points Lead with Second in Alabama
 April 27, 2016| 
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Ed Jones took his third consecutive podium finish today, in the second Indy Lights race of the weekend at the Barber Motorsport Park in Alabama.  The Carlin driver started from pole but lost out to Santiago Urrutia early on and held second to the chequered flag.   Neil Alberico crossed the line in 14th while Felix Serralles endured a frustrating end to his weekend, starting from 14th the Puerto Rican made up places but later spun which sent him to the back of the field and came home 15th.  

For the second time this weekend, Jones led the field for the rolling start, with Dean Stoneman starting from second.  Stoneman was alongside as Jones took the green flag, but somehow the Carlin man managed to hold the lead while Serralles had moved up to 12th and Alberico was running 14th. 

Serralles’ bad luck from qualifying remerged on lap two when the Carlin driver spun and was forced to rejoin at the back of the field.  The St Pete winner, who had come into the race weekend as points leader would have his work cut out to make much progress on the narrow and twisting circuit.  

At the front three Urrutia had passed Stoneman for second by lap three and was closing on Jones for the lead.  The 2015 Pro Mazda champion took the lead on lap four, with Jones almost immediately having to fend off the attentions of Stoneman behind.  

Defensive driving from Jones ensured the race one winner was able to hold onto second, the place he would maintain to the chequered flag, despite race long pressure from Stoneman.  Alberico meanwhile crossed the line in 14th, just ahead of a frustrated Serralles in 15th who leaves Barber third in the championship standings.  

Speaking about his race, Jones said, “It was a pretty solid weekend and we needed that. We didn’t quite have the pace to win today, but second isn’t too bad.  I think we are in the points lead now and consistency is going to be very important this season; the competition is so strong this year so we have to be up there every weekend.  I’m thankful to the team again and feel it was a positive weekend.  Two wins would have sounded better but we’re happy to leave here as points leaders.”

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