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Three Top Eight Finishes For Carlin
Posted by: newsla on May 10, 2014 - 03:17 PM
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Three Top Eight Finishes For Carlin


Carlin’s FIA Formula Three European Championship team have secured three points paying finishes in the first race of the Grand Prix de Pau weekend. Jake Dennis fought well to take fourth off the line in a position he would remain until the end. Meanwhile Pau rookies Jordan King and Ed Jones also clinched points for fifth and eighth respectively with Jones putting his nasty qualifying crash well behind him as they raced between the barriers this morning.

 

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Conditions were cooler than the previous day but remained fine and dry as the drivers made their way to the start grid. Dennis lined up fifth following his strong qualifying session yesterday, King sixth and Jones ninth – after his heavy crash into the barriers during the afternoon session.

As the lights extinguished to mark the start of the race all three Carlin men flew off the line hoping to make positions early on around the streets of Pau. Jones had to take avoiding action as a stalled car on the grid presented an obstacle but they all came away unscathed as they made their way into the first corner. However a nasty accident for Alexander Toril and Mitch Gilbert saw both cars stricken on track and needing recovery. Thankfully both drivers were ok however the safety car was released while the cars were cleared. By this point Dennis had moved up to fourth, King was just behind in fifth and Jones was in eighth.

When the cars were released to race, Esteban Ocon pulled a gap to those ahead and began to spread the field – and up and down the field the status quo remained as very few overtaking manoeuvres occurred on the tricky street circuit.

Antonio Giovinazzi in the sister Jagonya Ayam with Carlin car pulled a gap to Jones however the Carlin driver made sure to keep him in his sights as the race progressed. Things would soon slow once again as the race was brought down a notch following an incident for Michele Berretta. Once again this caused only a limited amount of disruption thanks to the fast moving marshals; the race was restarted soon after with the Carlin men maintaining their earlier racing positions.

On the restart King spotted an opportunity to get side by side with team mate Dennis; the two drivers gave each other just enough room through the barriers however King remained behind the Racing Steps Foundation rookie.

With the clock now racing to time, due to the two safety car periods, it was once again a slightly processional affair for the drivers. With no changes of positions, experienced Pau driver Dennis came home in a very strong fourth with King just behind him in fifth. Jones meanwhile put his nasty accident from yesterday well behind him and also claimed points for his eighth placed finish.

Reflecting on the race Dennis said, ‘Fourth is a really good result for us everything ran smoothly and there was no real drama for us during the race. We have a good set of tyres left for the final two races so hopefully we’ll be a fighting for a podium. Obviously we have progressed from Silverstone again and it’s a solid improvement which we’re working hard to carry on.’

Having put his accident behind him Jones added, ‘Of course it knocks the confidence a little when you have such a big accident. However it becomes a case of building back up to speed throughout the race. At the start I got off the line well however had to avoid the stalled car ahead so I lost my progress there but other than that it was a strong race considering where we ended yesterday. I’m now looking forward to qualifying and aiming to be in the top five.’

A second qualifying session which will determine tomorrow’s two races will get underway at 15.40 local time this afternoon.

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