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Podium For Dennis In Spa Fight Back
Posted by: newsla on Jun 21, 2014 - 03:14 PM
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Podium For Dennis In Spa Fight Back


Jake Dennis and Jordan King both took strong results in race one of the weekend at the Spa round of the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship. F3 rookie Dennis took a stunning podium position after starting eighth and moving up to fourth on lap one. The British racer stole third in the dying minutes of the race after a feisty fight with Felix Rosenqvist. Jordan King meanwhile put in one of the performances of the races – storming from 25th on the grid to take the final championship point in 10th.

 

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With Ed Jones still sidelined due to a back injury, it was just two Carlin cars on the Spa-Francorchamps grid this morning. In a tale of two fortunes, Dennis lined up eighth while King started from the back of the grid, have suffered a puncture in yesterday’s qualifying session.

As the lights went out, Dennis made a stunning start, avoiding the first corner melee to stick to the inside of La Source and steal his way into fourth place. Behind him, King was doing his best to make up positions from 25th on the grid and was 20th at the end of lap one. After passing Sean Gelael in the sister Jagonya Ayam with Carlin car, King was on the move again and was already up to 13th place by lap six.

The one and only safety car period of the race neutralised the racing action after an accident for Antonio Giovinazzi and Santino Ferrucci. At the restart, Dennis held his position from Tom Blomqvist in the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin car behind. King meanwhile was on the attack and doing his best to pass Roy Nissany.

With that move completed, King had Nicholas Latifi in his sights. The duo swapped positions a couple of times but King refused to give up. With Latifi having passed King again, the Carlin man bided his time and watch the battle between Latifi and Felix Serralles unfold ahead of him – choosing the perfect moment to pass both cars and move up to 10th place on lap 11.

Team mate Dennis meanwhile wasn’t about to settle for fourth. With the podium in his sights, the rookie made a stunning move on Felix Rosenqvist on the penultimate lap, only to lose the position a few corners later. Still pushing hard and with only a few corners to go, Dennis made one last move to steal back third as Rosenqvist suddenly seemed to lose pace, and claimed his second podium of the season. King followed home in 10th, having made up 15 places from his starting position.

Third placed man Dennis was happy with his podium finish, “I started eighth and got up to fourth so my start was good. Then Verstappen, Auer, Rosenqvist and myself were able to drop the field and pull out a bit of a gap – until the safety car came out which wasn’t ideal. After the restart we managed to pull away again but then it seemed as though Rosenqvist had an issue which backed me into Tom [Blomqvist]. Then I managed a move on Rosenqvist going into Blanchimont but he had a good slip stream on me going into Eau Rouge which was frustrating and took the place back. He seemed to have a big problem on the last lap though and I got past. The race pace was really good, so it’s a shame we’re starting further down the order for the next two races.”

Reflecting on his eventful race, King said, “The start wasn’t so good I didn’t really gain and positions at the first corner but did gain a couple of positions under braking. It was a fun race, made up a lot of places finishing tenth to get a point. It’s not the result we want, I’m happy that we had a good race but I’d rather get pole and have a boring race driving round on my own than have lots of fun fighting in the field!”

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