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Dennis Clinches Podium In Mixed Emotions Race
Posted by: newsla on May 11, 2014 - 05:03 PM
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Dennis Clinches Podium In Mixed Emotions Race


It was a morning of mixed emotions for Carlin’s FIA Formula Three European Championship team with rookie Jake Dennis taking his first podium position in the series following a brilliant drive to third in tough conditions. The wet race caused a multitude of incidents on track however Dennis held his nerve and let his Pau experience shine through to take his maiden podium in the Championship. However it was heartbreak for both Jordan King and Ed Jones who were both non-finishers during the race due to contact over the course of the on track action.

 

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Rain had fallen overnight and continued to fall throughout the morning in the lead up to the start of the second race of the weekend. Therefore, in order to ensure a safe start for all the drivers the race was started under the safety car to enable them to get their eye in on the wet track. With five laps complete the safety car pulled in and allowed the drivers the opportunity to race.

It was immediately clear that the conditions were tricky at best and Dennis slipped wide at one point allowing Antonio Giovinazzi in the sister Carlin car to catch up. King also tried to take advantage of those ahead however was unable to do so despite getting very close at the hairpin. The first of many incidents during the race soon occurred when T Sport team mates Alexander Toril and Spike Goddard collided; thankfully the safety car remained in the pits and the race could continue at its own pace.

However towards the very end of the race the positions were soon to change; at the front Max Verstappen, Felix Rosenqvist and Esteban Ocon all encountered issues brought on by the wet track and found themselves either retired or with damage to their cars. Dennis made the most of the problems and had soon moved up to a provisional podium spot.

Sadly for Jones and King both drivers were forced to retire in the latter half of the race with damage to their cars following incidents on track; the barriers taking absolutely no prisoners up and down the field.

Meanwhile at the front Blomqvist in the sister Carlin car has snatched the lead from Ocon who was carrying suspension damage which led the way for Dennis to make his move. Sadly there wasn’t enough time on the clock however Dennis maintained a mistake-free race to claim his first podium in the series.

Dennis said of his first podium, ‘This was actually the first time ever that I’ve driven the Formula Three car in the wet so I didn’t know what to expect but the pace was good throughout. We we’re close at the end to getting second from Ocon because he was having issues but we weren’t able to make the difference. It was a really positive race for us and I’m really happy to come away with my first podium in the series.’

Racing action continues with the Grand Prix de Pau this afternoon at 15.15 local time.

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