27 Apr Mixed results in Motorland
27th April, Motorland Aragon – Today saw the opening round of the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup at the Spanish circuit of Motorland. For Jake Dennis a storming start saw the 2012 Formula Renault NEC champion cross the line in fifth, whilst team-mate Mikko Pakari took the chequered flag in sixteenth. Ed Jones, who had been running in tenth at one point, unfortunately suffered with a puncture after contact, seeing the young racer end his race three laps early.
As the lights went out to mark the start of race one Jake Dennis had a sterling start making up a position off the start-line, overtaking Egor Orudzhev (Tech 1 Racing) to take fifth into turn one. The British driver continued to gain pace and was pushing for fourth, closing the gap to just 0.693 of a second. The 2013 McLaren Autosport award winner continued to push and at the halfway point of the race was fastest overall in sector one. Dennis maintained his position and stayed out of trouble, crossing the line in fifth and taking vital points towards his championship campaign.
Team-mate Mikko Pakari also made a good get away, making up three positions to sit in twentieth by the end of the first lap. Continuing his strong form Pakari gained the pace he needed and moved up into seventeenth on the fourth lap. As the young Finnish driver continued his charge a battle ensued and Pakari slipped down into eighteenth, regaining his position back with seven minutes left on the clock. Pakari pulled out a significant lead to maintain seventeenth and soon caught Alex Baron (ART Junior Team) for sixteenth where he remained until the chequered flag.
For Ed Jones the race got off to a storming start as he made up two positions off the start, eventually settling into eleventh at the end of the first lap. The eighteen-year-old continued to charge up the order catching Nyck De Vries (Koiranen GP) and going into tenth whilst pulling out a significant gap. However De Vries caught up and the two soon begun to fight for tenth position, allowing the field behind to catch them up. De Vries was to come off better and passed Jones with eight-minutes left of the race. Concentrating on maintaining his position Jones stayed out of trouble until, in the last few minutes of the race, Melville Mckee (Manor MP) in twelfth got too close and clipped Jones from behind, catching his rear tyre and causing a puncture, sending Jones out of the race.
The second race of the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup opening round will take place tomorrow (28th April) at 16.00, with qualifying earlier in the morning at 10.35 – all local times.
Commenting on his race incident Jones said: “These things happen, I had a good race up until then and to get up into tenth off the start shows we have the pace. I’m looking forward to tomorrow and feel pretty confident for a top ten finish.”
After the race Dennis said: “ I had a good start to get into fifth and concentrated on staying out of trouble. I had a three second gap in front and about four or five behind so it was a pretty lonely race! I need to find some pace which ill be doing tonight by looking through the data, but fifth isn’t too bad so I am confident tomorrow will be even better.”
Pakari said: “My qualifying didn’t got too well as I spun on my fastest lap. I started P22 and finished P16 so the race was good. The car felt good and we have the pace, I’ve raced here before so I’m feeling pretty confident.”
Pakari in Motorland