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Top 10 Qualifying For Carlin Men In Pau
Posted by: newsla on May 09, 2014 - 04:14 PM
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Top 10 Qualifying For Carlin Men In Pau

All three of Carlin’s FIA Formula Three European Championship drivers have qualified to start the first race of the Pau Grand Prix weekend in top ten positions. Jake Dennis will line up in fifth position following a strong outing in the second qualifying group while Jordan King, who was in the first group will start from eighth. Ed Jones’ session was disrupted after he slammed into the barriers at Foch. Despite this, the UAE driver had already set a time which will see him line up in ninth tomorrow; ensuring that all three Carlin cars line up on the grid for the first race at Pau in top ten positions.


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The Pau Grand Prix track runs at 2.7km and as a result qualifying was split into two groups to allow the drivers the opportunity for a clear lap; King was the only Carlin driver out on track in the first group to set his benchmark time. The session was slow to start while drivers got up to speed between the barriers however by the half-way point King had moved up to third position as he battled with the 12 other drivers on track.

Although positions remained relatively unchanged from this point, a red flag did appear and disrupt the session with just 1:27 minutes left on the clock. Despite trying to get one final lap in when the track went green King was unable to do so and consequently set the third fastest time in his group.

Just a few short minutes later it was the turn of Dennis and Jones to hit the track for the second half of the qualifying session with Group B; this was to be a much more frantic affair for the drivers with two red flags to cause a stir.

As before it was another slow start to proceedings however when the fast laps came, Jones was the second quickest in the group while Dennis was just behind in third. However the first of two red flags appeared shortly after which brought the Carlin men back to the pits.

As the drivers took to the track a few minutes later Dennis was lying in fourth and Jones fifth however Jones was to suffer a heavy off at Foch which took him out of the qualifying session. Jones walked away from the incident, however his car was damaged and the session subsequently halted. This effectively gave Dennis just two more flying laps, in which to set his time; as the flag fell he was the third fastest in the group.

As anticipated Group B was to be the faster of the two qualifying sessions and as a result the final line up for tomorrow’s opening race of the weekend will be Dennis in fifth, King in eighth and Jones in ninth despite his heavy crash.

Dennis said of qualifying, ‘I’ve been here before so having the track knowledge on my side meant that free practice went well for me. Qualifying was also pretty good however there were two red flags which came out just as I was about to set my laps so I spent a couple more laps on my tyres more than I had hoped. We had two laps at the end to put it together and we were able to. Tomorrow morning, we’re aiming for the podium which is definitely achievable from fifth.’

King added, ‘Testing this morning went well, we were getting up to speed and were there or there about considering this is my first time here. Heading into qualifying there were a few things which I improved on and as a result I went quicker. We knew the second group would be the faster one but still, to be closing the gap to those ahead is good. All in all it’s pretty encouraging.’

The first race of the weekend starts tomorrow morning at 11.15 local time.

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