Dennis wins again in crash-strewn race two
Jake Dennis made it two wins from two starts at Pau for his second FIA European Formula 3 Championship victory of the day for Prema Powerteam, despite three safety cars and a race stoppage.
Poleman Dennis led away from Maximilian Gunther, Charles Leclerc, Antonio Giovinazzi, Arjun Maini, Alex Albon, Felix Rosenqvist and Markus Pommer.
Gunther came under pressure from Leclerc straight away, but the safety car was soon required due to Matthew Solomon clattering the wall at Pont Oscar.
Dennis made a great restart and made good his escape, but Leclerc couldn’t quite jump Gunther despite getting alongside on the start/finish straight, and was forced to settle down once more in third.
Dennis led by 3.5s when the safety car was scrambled again to recover another stranded car. Leclerc attacked again at the second restart, twice getting alongside this time but again unable to pull off a move.
A third safety car was required when two cars collided at the Lycee hairpin and one needed retrieving. This time, Leclerc did fashion an opening and grabbed second place before Pont Oscar.
Giovinazzi also attacked, and rudely pushed Gunther into the wall at Lycee. Behind him, several cars ran into each other, blocking the track and causing a red flag with 10 laps remaining.
The race was restarted behind the safety car for a sprint to the finish, so Dennis was able to pull clear to his second win of the day ahead of Leclerc, Giovinazzi and Maini. Rosenqvist grabbed fifth from Albon at the final restart.
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