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Second Place For King In Rain Disrupted Race
Posted by: newsla on Jun 29, 2014 - 12:53 PM
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Second Place For King In Rain Disrupted Race


Carlin’s Jordan King has taken an assured podium position from sixth on the grid following a heavily rain disrupted FIA Formula Three European Championship race at the Norisring, Germany. The British racer enjoyed a clean first lap and begin to progress through the grid in the tricky wet conditions to finish in second position overall. Team mate Jake Dennis was also a big mover in the race, dealing with the wet track, and multiple restarts, he took the flag in fourth position.

 

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As the cars made their way to the grid the big debate for everyone was that of tyres – although the circuit was greasy and wet in places it was still dry enough for slick tyres which the majority of the grid elected to start the race on.

Off the line both Carlin men kept themselves out of trouble and enjoyed a solid first lap while others up and down the grid were involved in various incidents. As they crossed the line at the end of the first lap King was in seventh and Dennis in ninth. However a multi-car incident brought out the safety car while the crash was cleared and track deemed safe enough to restart the race on.

At the restart King began to force a move and gain positions; and over the next few laps the Carlin man had overtaken Santino Ferrucci, Felix Rosenqvist and Lucas Auer to see him in fourth position overall. Just a few moments later Jake Dennis began to replicate what his team mate had achieved and was soon enough right up behind King. However both Carlin drivers found their progress halted as Roy Nissany launched his Mucke car in to the back of team mate Tatiana Calderon; this incident brought out the second safety car of the race.

The race was soon to take a dramatic turn as the weather began to change leading the Race Director to take the decision that the rain, which by this point was beginning to fall heavier, was making the circuit too dangerous for the drivers on their slick tyres. As a result, the race was red flagged and the teams were allowed on the grid to fit wet weather tyres to the cars.

Restarting the race behind the safety car, it was all change at the very front as Esteban Ocon pushed Jagonya Ayam with Carlin driver Tom Blomqvist wide and into the wall. Blomqvist, who had been running in second, was taken out of the race and Ocon fell down the grid. King and Dennis both gained from this incident with King claiming second position for his own following a fantastic move on Ocon and Dennis taking fourth. This incident also brought out the third safety car period of the race.

Over the final few laps positions around Dennis changed however the Racing Steps foundation driver made sure to hold on to his fourth position and claim further points in his rookie season. Meanwhile King drove strongly behind race leader Max Verstappen to claim second position and a big haul of points.

King said of his race, ‘My start was ok but I had a little bit of wheelspin which meant I then lost one place. After that I started to move up the field and found the perfect overtaking place which I did lap after lap to get into fourth. On the wet tyres I then made a move on [Esteban] Ocon after his incident and was up to second. The speed was definitely there for us and it was a really good result for me and for the team.’

Team mate Dennis added, ‘It was a pretty good race really even though I didn’t gain positions on the opening lap. In the first part of the race it was spitting with rain and I was enjoying the conditions and had got up behind Jordan [King] but then the safety car came out and we changed to wets. I felt as though I struggled a little bit on these tyres which was why I couldn’t move up from there however I’m very pleased to have finished fourth having started the race ninth.’

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