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Jakes confident despite shunt

James JakesJames Jakes is confident that he can still fight for victory in this weekend's Macau Grand Prix, despite a heavy crash cutting short his first qualifying session today.

He was fifth quickest in morning practice and was lying third 15 minutes into qualifying this afternoon when he lost control of his ART car exiting Curva R and spun into the barrier.

"It's a shame because it was going really well," said Jakes. "I was pushing quite hard because I wanted to get a reference for the new tyres ahead of tomorrow, but it just got away mid corner.

"As soon as I felt it slide I knew it was going to be a crash. But it was ok, the damage wasn't too bad and it should be all fixed by tomorrow morning."

Jakes still finished the session in tenth place, despite sitting out the last half hour when the circuit was at its quickest.

"I'm quite positive because I know there pace is there," he added. "I wasn't pushing that hard in the morning and we were fifth, and I was P1 for a while this afternoon.

"Obviously it would have been better without the crash and the missed track time, but it shouldn't be too much of a problem. We've just got to come back tomorrow and get it right. We came here to win."

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