During qualifying on Friday afternoon, Jake consistently lapped within the top five and launched a strong assault at pole position only for his best lap to be denied owing to a red flag. Upon the session restarting, Jake quickly found the groove once more and set a lap good enough to place him a comfortable third on the grid for Saturday morning’s race.
With a strong starting position secured, Jake was confident of a good result in the opening race. He made ground up from the moment the lights went out, scything his way past a poor-starting Liam Lawson and up to second place. He then sat untroubled for much of the race until a recovering Lawson began to catch back up to the 26-year-old.
Undeterred and unfazed, Jake had the advantage of experience against Lawson to keep the New Zealander at bay and record a second-placed finish - his best result of the season so far.
As a result of his podium, Jake would then start in ninth for Sunday morning’s reverse-grid affair. Jake was locked in a tight battle for much of the duration of the race, with positions three through nine all concertinaing together in the closing stages of the race. The Brit had climbed to sixth in the early phase of the race but dropped to eighth during a last lap melee with the Prema’s of Piastri and Vesti, eventually splitting the two at the chequered flag to take seventh place and add four points to his growing tally.
With the HWA RACELAB team improving weekend-on-weekend, Jake heads to Barcelona in less than a week’s time confident of further points finishes as well as more silverware.
“We said last week that we could do even better this time around and we proved that this weekend. As a team we’ve made some big improvements as seen in qualifying and we’ve always been sure of our race pace so the podium was a great reward for all of that hard work.
Sunday’s race was good fun with so many cars fighting for the same pieces of tarmac, we still managed to gain a couple of places and get ourselves even more points. I’m really pleased with how we performed this weekend which means we can go to Barcelona with our heads held high.”