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Close Qualifying For Carlin In Pau
Posted by: newsla on May 10, 2014 - 05:32 PM
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Close Qualifying For Carlin In Pau


It was a closely fought qualifying session this afternoon as the Carlin drivers took to the track in order to set their benchmark time ahead of the second and third races of the FIA Formula Three European Championship Grand Prix de Pau weekend. With red flags disrupting both sessions and drivers separated by very little time Jake Dennis set a lap which will see him line up fifth tomorrow morning while Pau rookies Jordan King and Ed Jones will start from tenth and 11th respectively.

 

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As with yesterday’s session, qualifying was split into two groups to allow the drivers the opportunity to find a gap on track in which to set their laps. And with the qualifying sessions swapped for this afternoon Dennis and Jones were the first of the Carlin men to take to the track for their 20 minute session. Once again Dennis was quick to set the second fastest time of the session while Jones was also setting purple first sectors to move himself up to third overall before the time began to fall further.

As the times dropped quickly over the next few minutes Dennis remained the third fastest on track while Jones had fallen to sixth however both Carlin men were brought back in to the pits when Tatiana Calderon hit the wall at Foch bringing red flags out on track. As ever the marshals were quick in their clear up and the cars were sent back on track again just a few minutes later.

With just 4.15 minutes left on the clock it was a rush to leave the pits, get up to speed and get a final run in. Neither Dennis nor Jones were able to improve and ended the session in third and sixth respectively.

Remaining Carlin driver King had his qualifying session just a couple of minutes later and unlike the previous group the British racer remained in the pits for a few minutes before heading off to set his first flying run.

His first flying lap placed him third overall and over the next few laps King continued to push and had moved up to second with Seven minutes left on the clock. With one red flag late in the session to disrupt proceedings King would eventually finish as the fifth fastest driver on track. With the times compiled together from both qualifying sessions Dennis will once again start from fifth on the grid tomorrow morning with King in tenth and Jones alongside in 11th.

Dennis said of his fifth place, ‘It’s alright for us, we started fifth this morning for the first race and we gained a position so I know we can do something from there. I have a better set of tyres for tomorrow too so that’s a positive and although overtaking is very hard here I think we can move forward and get a podium. We can definitely be pleased because it’s another solid qualifying and we’re closing the gap to those ahead.’

Two further races will take place tomorrow with the first at 11.15 local time and the second commencing at 15.15.

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