Hours after taking his maiden victory in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship, Jake Dennis was able to survive three safety car periods and a red flag to take his second win of the day at Pau.
The Prema Powerteam driver was able to control the race from the front, making an immaculate start and then controlling the restarts following the interruptions perfectly.
Charles Leclerc secured his second podium of the day in second for Van Amersfoort Racing, but was made to work hard for the spot after Maximilian Günther made the better start to slot into second.
Mücke Motorsport driver Günther held firm in second until the restart after the third safety car, to clear Michele Beretta’s stricken sister Mücke car after he was pitched into a spin by Alessio Lorandi, with first Leclerc and then Championship leader Antonio Giovinazzi finding a way past the German driver. Unfortunately in the process of being passed by Giovinazzi, Günther ended up against the barrier at Lycee.
Carnage happened behind, with drivers getting caught up in the incident, resulting in a blocked track and an obvious red flag period, but after a brief clear-up period, it was a five-minute race to the flag.
Dennis, Leclerc and Giovinazzi were able to retain their positions until the flag, with Arjun Maini taking an excellent fourth, and his first points this season, in the second Van Amersfoort Racing entry.
Felix Rosenqvist found a way to finish fifth for Prema Powerteam, making a move on Alexander Albon late in the race, with George Russell also finding a way past the Signature driver in his Carlin.
Markus Pommer and Sam MacLeod took eighth and ninth respectively for Team Motopark, the latter taking his first points of the season, while Lance Stroll took the final point in tenth for Prema Powerteam.
As well as the safety car to clear Beretta’s car and the red flag, the safety car was also required to first remove Matt Solomon’s car from the barriers after the Double R Racing driver crashed on lap two, and the safety car came out again when Julio Moreno pulled to the side of the track with a mechanical issue on his ThreeBond with T-Sport machine.
Pau Race 2 Result
|1||2||Jake Dennis||GBR||Prema Powerteam||35m54.103s|
|2||7||Charles Leclerc||MON||Van Amersfoort Racing||+0.662s|
|3||3||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+2.736s|
|4||29||Arjun Maini||IND||Van Amersfoort Racing||+5.468s|
|5||1||Felix Rosenqvist||SWE||Prema Powerteam||+5.979s|
|10||25||Lance Stroll||CAN||Prema Powerteam||+15.927s|
|11||5||Santino Ferrucci||USA||Mucke Motorsport||+17.347s|
|12||27||Mikkel Jensen||DEN||Mucke Motorsport||+17.651s|
|13||8||Alessio Lorandi||ITA||Van Amersfoort Racing||+18.366s|
|14||4||Gustavo Menezes||USA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+19.010s|
|16||31||Hongwei Cao||CHN||Fortec Motorsports||+20.177s|
|18||28||Maximilian Gunther||GER||Mucke Motorsport||+21.576s|
|20||23||Sergio Sette Camara||BRZ||Motopark||+22.689s|
|21||26||Ryan Tveter||USA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+23.666s|
|22||38||Raoul Hyman||RSA||Team West-Tec F3||+25.148s|
|23||18||Nicolas Pohler||GER||Double R Racing||+26.643s|
|24||14||Matt Rao||GBR||Fortec Motorsports||+27.024s|
|26||20||Dorian Boccolacci||FRA||Signature||+1 Lap|
|DNF||6||Michele Beretta||ITA||Mucke Motorsport||25 Laps|
|DNF||24||Brandon Maisano||FRA||Prema Powerteam||19 Laps|
|DNF||35||Kang Ling||CHN||Mucke Motorsport||19 Laps|
|DNF||11||Fabian Schiller||GER||Team West-Tec F3||19 Laps|
|DNF||17||Julio Moreno||ECU||Threebond with T-Sport||13 Laps|
|DNF||19||Matt Solomon||HKG||Double R Racing||1 Lap|
|DNQ||12||Pietro Fittipaldi||BRZ||Fortec Motorsports|