Jake Dennis victorious in Arden one-two at Monza

Jake Dennis (GBR, Arden International) Jack Aitken (GBR, Arden International) and Jake Hughes (GBR, DAMS) 2016 GP2 Series Round 7 Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Italy Saturday 3 September 2016 Photo: /GP2 Series Media Service Ref: Digital Image {file name base}

Having started the GP3 Series Feature Race from second on the grid, Arden International‘s Jake Dennis went on to claim his maiden victory in the category from team-mate Jack Aitken and fellow Briton Jake Hughes.

Championship leader Charles Leclerc started from pole position, and managed to hold on to this lead at the start ahead of Dennis and Aitken. The safety car was soon deployed after DAMS‘ Kevin Jörg stopped on track. As racing resumed Aitken was keen to try and get past his team-mate, whilst there was contact between  Ralph Boschung and Matevos Isaakyan resulting in the Russian having to retire and the Swiss being handed a ten-second time penalty.

Out front Dennis was pressuring Leclerc, and on lap five got past the Monegasque driver for the lead of the race with Aitken also getting past the ART Grand Prix driver on the following lap.

Antonio Fuoco was keen to impress his home crowd by attempting a challenge on Leclerc for the final rostrum place. The pair made light contact but were able to continue, with the Italian falling into the clutches of the chasing pack.

Having got past Nirei Fukuzumi, Hughes hunted down Leclerc before making a move stick into Turn 1 on the ART driver to place himself in the top three. In the lead, Dennis had built a small gap over Aitken as Hughes set about posting fastest laps.

On the final lap, Aitken held off an attack from Hughes whilst Leclerc was busy checking his mirrors which were full of his team-mate Fukuzumi.

As the chequered flag was shown, Dennis claimed victory by almost two seconds over Arden team-mate Aitken with Hughes rounding off an all-British podium ahead of Leclerc, Fukuzumi, Alexander AlbonNyck de Vries, Fuoco, Matthew Parry and Tatiana Calderon.

Leclerc now holds a 34 point advantage in the Drivers’ Standings over Fuoco. ART also had much to celebrate by sealing their sixth Teams’ Championship, with the battle on for second and third with Arden leapfrogging Trident and Koiranen GP for second.

Autodromo Nazionale Monza Race 1 Result

19Jake DennisGBRArden International38m06.844
211Jack AitkenGBRArden International38m08.831
327Jake HughesGBRDAMS 38m09.376
41Charles LeclercMONART Grand Prix38m13.983
52Nirei FukuzumiJPNART Grand Prix38m14.405
63Alexander AlbonTHAART Grand Prix38m15.015
74Nyck de VriesNEDART Grand Prix38m15.187
85Antonio FuocoITATrident38m23.051
914Matthew ParryGBRKoiranen GP38m23.451
1010Tatiana CalderonCOLArden International38m23.847
1122Alex PalouESPCampos Racing38m26.046
128Sandy StuvikTHATrident38m27.288
1323Steijn SchothorstNEDCampos Racing38m29.023
1420Arjun MainiINDJenzer Motorsport38m31.920
1518Akash NandyMASJenzer Motorsport38m34.648
166Artur JanoszPOLTrident38m37.209
1724Konstantin TereschenkoRUSCampos Racing38m39.807
1817Ralph BoschungSUIKoiranen GP38m41.657
1926Santino FerrucciUSADAMS 36m47.840
2028Kevin JörgSUIDAMS 38m59.948
2116Matevos IsaakyanRUSKoiranen GP7m55.486
227Giuliano AlesiFRATridentDNS