03 Jun Pakari and Dennis take strong results in Spa
1st – 2nd June 2013, Spa – After the weekend’s antics in Spa competing in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup, British driver Jake Dennis stole pole position in qualifying and finished in a respectable sixth for race one and seventh place for race two. Meanwhile, the number eight car of Mikko Pakari took tenth and ninth place in the races, leaving both drivers picking up some vital points ahead of the next round of the season in Moscow.
Saturday consisted of a qualifying session and the first race of the weekend. Group A were the first to head out on track and set their times, and after a few laps Finnish driver Pakari had set the ninth quickest time with a 2:29.663, just behind French, Tech 1 Racing driver Vaxiviere. Group B were next up to qualify sending the second Fortec driver, Dennis out on track. After five laps, Dennis set a 2:20.303 putting him in pole position for the first race of the weekend, four tenths ahead of second place qualifier Vermont.
Heading into the race Dennis was hoping to make an all-important quick get away from the pack behind, but unfortunately couldn’t quite get to grips with the car set, up causing him to lose places and eventually finish the race in sixth place. After a good start Pakari kept his place off the start line, but after battling with German driver Wackerbauer behind, Pakari was forced to relent his ninth position, taking the chequered flag in tenth place.
Sunday took the same timetable and first up to head out on track was Group A’s drivers ready to qualify for their second race of the weekend. Pakari set his fastest lap on his last run, but had to settle for eleventh place and sixteenth overall in race two – just over a second seperated the top eleven drivers. Qualifying two was shortly after, where Dennis managed to pip fourth place, just behind race one winner Oliver Rowland in third and putting him in seventh for the coming race.
With an eventful race ahead, Dennis set off well where he immediately caught the pack ahead and began his fight with Tech 1 Racing driver Gasly, whilst Pakari fought for 15th place with French driver Vermont. With just over 21 minutes on the clock the red flag was waved, after an incident involving Ramsay and Wackerbauer. Taking full advantage of the restart, Dennis took the opportunity to gain a place from Oscar Tunjo, who had lost three places on the restart. Further down the field, Pakari had found pace and made his way up to fifteenth place before eventually crossing the line in a storming ninth place. Dennis meanwhile bought the Fortec car home in fifth place, after some hard defending from Nyck De Vries.
After the weekends results Dennis commented:
“Race one didn’t go to plan – starting off from pole my aim was to win. However we struggled with the car set-up and lost positions which was a big shame. I do however feel a lot better about the second race as it went well. I moved forward nicely and managed to get in the top five. I felt that we struggled with the set up but I’m sure we’ll do better at Moscow!”