ED JONES EX­TENDS TI­TLE LEAD DE­SPITE DRA­MATIC FIN­ISH

7 Days in Dubai - - SPORT -

Ed Jones boosted his lead in the Indy Lights ti­tle race with a stir­ring show in the Free­dom 100 at Indianapolis Mo­tor Speed­way (IMS) that saw him nar­rowly miss out on vic­tory in the clos­est fin­ish in the cir­cuit’s his­tory.

Dubai-based Jones en­gaged in a thrilling duel for supremacy with Dean Stone­man as the pair ex­changed the top spot on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions.

From third po­si­tion, Jones sen­sa­tion­ally darted out wide to snatch the lead. Stone­man im­me­di­ately fought back and, in a side-by-side drag race to the line, got the nod by 0.024 sec­onds.

De­spite the ini­tial dis­ap­point­ment, a fifth podium fin­ish from eight starts this sea­son en­abled the ul­tra-con­sis­tent Jones to pull fur­ther clear in the driv­ers’ stand­ings - from 21 points to 29 - with the Grand Prix of Road Amer­ica dou­ble-header next on the cal­en­dar in a few weeks’ time.

“It was a clas­sic case of so near yet so far - it was such a tiny mar­gin that it re­ally could have gone ei­ther way,” said Jones.

“It was cool to be a part of the clos­est fin­ish in IMS oval rac­ing his­tory, although mas­sively frus­trat­ing to be on the wrong side of just 24 thou­sandths-of-a-sec­ond.”

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