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King Storms To Second Place In Moscow
Posted by: newsla on Jul 12, 2014 - 05:03 PM
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King Storms To Second Place In Moscow


Carlin’s Jordan King took a hard earned second place finish in the first FIA Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend at the Moscow Raceway in Russia today. The British racer held off Max Verstappen in the final laps to take second place, while team mate Jake Dennis suffered opposite fortunes, a drive through penalty taking him out of the points.

 

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Both Carlin men enjoyed a strong qualifying session yesterday; King securing a front row start with the second fastest time and Dennis qualifying in sixth. However, a 5 place grid penalty carried over from the last round at Norisring, Germany would mean Dennis would line up 11th on the grid this afternoon.

King withstood the pressure of a front row start well, the British racer stayed close to pole man Esteban Ocon off the line, slotting into second place with Tom Blomqvist in the sister Jagonya Ayam with Carlin car close behind. Team mate Dennis meanwhile briefly lost a place from his 11th place slot, but made it up to lie 11th at the end of lap one.

As the race entered a steady rhythm, King kept Ocon under pressure, the gap between the two no more than a second. Dennis was making progress and was 10th by the end of lap three.

The order for the Carlin men remained the same until Dennis began to put Felix Serralles under pressure for ninth place. The Racing Steps man was pushing hard, taking a look up the inside of Serralles at turn 12 on lap 13, but couldn’t quite make the move stick. Dennis was pushing a little too hard to make progress though, the F3 rookie was given a drive through penalty for track limits on lap 15, putting him at the back of the field.

With Dennis now out of the points in 15th, King was still running in second, but had a fast closing Max Verstappen behind him. Verstappen was just 0.5 seconds behind on lap 22 of 24, but King looked to have his race under control. Despite the pressure, King didn’t make a mistake and took a well-deserved second place at the flag.

Reflecting on his race, King said, “The only real good opportunity to overtake was at the start, but unfortunately for me Esteban [Ocon] made a good start as did I, so the gap remained the same. I went after him over the first couple of laps, which meant my tyres went off a little later. I started to catch him a bit again towards the end and was able to hold off Verstappen. I’m happy with second, but obviously would have liked to have been one place higher up. Three podiums in a row is definitely a step forward from where we were a couple of races ago though and good points for the championship.”

Qualifying for rounds two and three of the weekend will take place at 17.40 local time.


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