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Three Top Ten Finishes For Carlin
Posted by: newsla on Aug 03, 2014 - 05:30 PM
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Three Top Ten Finishes For Carlin


Carlin’s FIA Formula Three European Championship team have finished the weekend of racing in style with all three drivers finishing the final race around the Red Bull Ring, Austria, in the points. Jake Dennis, Ed Jones and Jordan King came home in fifth, sixth and seventh respectively following a hard fought race in what has been another action-packed weekend of racing for the Carlin team.

 

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Despite a tough race this morning for Carlin in which King was forced to retire with damage and Dennis suffered the awful luck of a visor tear-off being sucked in to his air box, the team lined up on the grid with high expectations following a solid qualifying yesterday afternoon.

As the lights overhead extinguished all three drivers got away cleanly and there were few changes for positions initially however by the end of the first lap much had changed and Dennis was in sixth, King seventh and Jones tenth – all three drivers making their intentions for points paying finishes clear.

Dennis began to fight with Nicholas Latifi ahead however their battle was brought to an end when the safety car came out on track to deal with an incident further down the field. By this point Jones had lost a little bit of ground and was running in 12th but had the advantage of a restart up his sleeve in order to gain the positions back again.

Dennis and Latifi were able to continue their fight and it was the Carlin man who came out on top – King, who could see this developing up ahead, joined in but came under pressure from Esteban Ocon which meant he had to work on his defending as opposed to his attacking. With the multiple fights for positions occurring, the opening half of the race developed quickly – and to add to the action, a barrage of drive through penalties were soon handed out for those who didn’t respect yellow flags.

This drama, along with multiple wheel to wheel action for Dennis, Latifi, King and Verstappen, in turn saw Dennis lying in sixth, Jones in seventh and King in eighth as the final laps approached. However there was to be one final twist in the plot when Max Verstappen was handed a drive through penalty for an over-ambitious move on Antonio Fuoco which left the latter limping back to the pit lane. Given a retrospective drive through it elevated Dennis up to fifth, Jones sixth and King seventh as they crossed the line; ensuring another solid all round points paying finish for the Carlin men.

Racing Steps Foundation racer Dennis stated, ‘We started in 11th and had a pretty good first lap to get up behind Latifi and then I was able to pass him as well. However Verstappen was quick behind and he could take the position from me – the rest of the race went on like that. It got a little heated towards the end when a lot of drivers made some last minute lunges however to come away with fifth was a good result. It was a shame about the earlier race today but our focus now switches to the next round.’

Reflecting on his comeback to the Championship after injury Jones said, ‘It was another good race for us. We started in tenth and came home in sixth so we made some good progress over the weekend. I now feel back up to speed and as if I’m picking up where I left off before the injury. I’m now looking forward to the next round in Germany where we’ll be fighting to continue this progress.’



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