F3 Euro: Jake Dennis wins first race at Red Bull Ring
Jake Dennis is the winner of the first race of big racing weekend at Red Bull Ring, during which the DTM, F3, Porsche Cup and the Audi TT Cup races will be held. The Prema Powerteam driver won the Race 1 of FIA Formula 3 European Championship ahead of his teammate Felix Rosenqvist and current championship leader Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin). It was the 5th win of Jake Dennis in the 2015 season.
Dennis shared the first row of the starting grid with pole-sitter Rosenqvist. The British driver was more successful than the Swedish and took the lead in the first lap. Over the next 24 laps we saw an intense chase between the two young drivers, including a few attacks, but Dennis managed to remain in the lead.
Giovinazzi started in the fourth spot and jumped to third on the start, ahead of another Prema driver: Lance Stroll. George Russel (Carlin) jumped from seventh to fifth at the start. Their positions remained unchanged till the end of the race.
Charles Leclerc (Van Amersfoort Racing) felt down from fifth to seventh spot at the start, behind Alexander Albon (Signature). The Monegasque driver got back ahead of Albon in lap 13 and got some valuable points in the chase for championship title. Behind Leclerc and Albon there was also a battle for eight position where Gustavo Menezes (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) proved to be faster than Sergio Sette Camara (Motorpark) and Mikkel Jensen (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport).
The race was calm and without accidents and crashes, a total of 34 drivers started and 32 finished the race. The next race is scheduled for 15.45 today. Rosenqvist will again start from pole, sharing the front row with Giovianazzi. After 22 races Giovanazzi leads the championship with 303 points, ahead Leclerc (288.5), Rosenqvist (279) and Dennis (241).