30 Apr Dennis takes top five finish
28th April- The second day of racing saw conditions still poor, with rain falling for most of the day. A very wet qualifying session saw Jake Dennis take fourth, Ed Jones sixteenth and Mikko Pakari twenty-third. All three Fortec drivers battled hard to keep their car out on track in torrential rain, keeping out of trouble to take home three solid results.
As the rain continued to pour down for the second day of racing, the final race of the weekend was started under the safety car as race officials gave drivers chance to get used to the wet conditions. After four laps the lights were out and the safety car was called in.
The restart unfortunately saw Dennis slip down into sixth whilst Pakari made up a position and Jones maintained his sixteenth place. The race continued, however with poor visibility, and a number of cars spinning into the gravel, the race became all about staying on track.
The three Fortec drivers were rapidly gaining pace as they became more comfortable with the wet track and were showing good speed whilst trying to stay on track. Dennis was gaining pace on the cars up front but with poor visibility it was dangerous to overtake so he settled in to keep a clean race, finishing in fifth place for the second time that weekend. Taking advantage of some good battles being fought out front Jones managed to take two places, seeing him take the chequered flag in fourteenth. Pakari also took advantage of some mistakes up in front and was the next Fortec man to follow, crossing the line in seventeenth.
Commenting on his weekend Jones said: “We had a pretty poor start and dropped back to sixth from fourth but I just couldn’t see where I was going, the conditions were a lot worse compared to yesterday. I was about 5 seconds slower lap times wise and the aquaplaning was ridiculous! To stay on track was the main thing, coming home in fifth is still good for the points but it’s nice to get that race over with as I didn’t enjoy it one bit! Two top fives in the first weekend isn’t too bad but as long as the weather isn’t the same next round I’m confident for a podium!”
After reflecting on the weekend, Jones said: “It was great to be back behind the wheel of the Eurocup Fortec car, we had setup it well and everything felt great. The weather is what affected not just my race but the whole field. The visibility was awful but I am happy with my performance. I’m looking forward to the next round now and starting my F3 Open campaign.”