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May 03, 2014 - 06:20 AM
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Second Row Start For Jones In Hockenheim
Posted by: newsla on May 03, 2014 - 06:15 AM
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Second Row Start For Jones In Hockenheim


Carlin’s Ed Jones has made an impressive start to his weekend and will start the first race of the FIA Formula Three European Championship from third on the grid. The 19 year old fought well throughout the 20 minute session to move his Volkswagen powered Dallara up to the sharp end of the grid. Jordan King will line up in 10th and Racing Steps Foundation driver Jake Dennis will start from 11th after the hotly contested session. All three Carlin men will have another chance at qualifying tomorrow as they fight to set positions for the second and third race of the weekend.

 

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It had been a steady start to the day for the Carlin men during the two free practice sessions with King, Jones and Dennis finishing the faster, second session in ninth, tenth and 11th respectively. With the gap to qualifying lasting a few hours the drivers had the perfect opportunity to talk with their engineers as the mechanics prepped the car for the late afternoon session.

During this time, rain fell over the German track however as the green light marked the start of qualifying the track was dry and ready for slick tyres. The qualifying session started off in a laid back and uneventful fashion; only a handful of cars took to the circuit in the opening minutes before the rest joined them with five minutes of the session complete.

With ten minutes left to run Formula Three rookie Jones had begun to move his way through the field and was the third fastest car on track. However the times were dropping very quickly and there were 20 drivers within a second of each other. Fellow rookie Dennis and British Formula Three Champion King were also in and around the top ten for the entirety of the session.

However the main talking point of the 20 minute track action was the amount of drivers penalised for exceeding the track limits at turn one. The Carlin men made sure to stay out of trouble however there were a multitude of drivers up and down the field who had their laps deleted. As the flag fell, marking their starting positions for race one, King was tenth with Dennis just behind in 11th.

Jones was also careful not to exceed the track limits and had displayed a strong performance in the final few minutes. With the track coming to him the Carlin man set the third quickest time – setting his race one starting position.

Reflecting on his pace Jones said, ‘First of all I’d like to thank the team for giving me such a great car this weekend. Everything came together really well for me this afternoon and although we didn’t get the best out of things in free practice we more than made up for it in qualifying. The track was much better to drive so that made my job a lot easier too. I think it’ll be very interesting tomorrow because we’re all very close but we have to get a good start and aim for that podium.’

Racing action commences tomorrow at 12.10 local time.


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