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Formula Renault 3.5

Brendon Hartley Happy With Third In FR3.5 Finale

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Brendon Hartley (Photo Credit: Renault Sport)

Brendon Hartley (Photo Credit: Renault Sport)

After an awful Saturday in which he was unable to race following sever damage to his chassis qualifying, Brendon Hartley rescued his team's weekend with a third place in Race Two.

It was the third podium of the year for the former Red Bull junior and was particularly sweet given the tribulations he suffered the previous day.

He ran heavily over a kerb in Race One qualifying which severely damaged his car and engine, meaning the Gravity-Charouz team could not repair it in time for the race.

More of the same appeared to be in store for the New Zealander as he qualified 13th for Race Two.

However, Hartley avoided the first corner shenanigans to climb up to eighth by the lap one and a late pit stop, combined with the second fastest tyre change by his mechanics, propelled him up to third behind Albert Costa and Nick Yelloly.

He said: “Taking a podium was a great way to reward the team for the hard work over recent races. We had some problems in qualifying but the team did a great job to completely rebuild the car overnight. I did a good job in the race and they carried out a good pit stop and strategy. Big thanks to everyone at Gravity-Charouz.”

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