Jordan King (above, centre) had to work hard for his second win of the Cooper Tires British F3 Inernational Series this afternoon at Spa-Francorchamps, the Carlin racer battled from seventh on the grid to win and was engaged in a fascinating fight for the race lead until the flag. Sun Zheng asserted his authority in the National Class taking yet another convincing win from West-Tec's Jordan Oon.
After making a rapid start in wet conditions off the reverse grid, King overtook a number of his rivals before La Source, but it was Double R Racing's Antonio Giovinazzi that took the lead from fourth on the grid, followed by a rejuvenated Tatiana Calderon, also a fellow Double R driver, with Carlin's King now nestling in third.
Race one victor and championship leader Will Buller started eighth on the grid, but was up to fifth by the end of lap one, tucked inside the third Double R Racing car of Indonesian, Sean Gelael.
When the rain clouds moved on, race leader Giovinazzi's tyres began to overheat and he was quickly picked off by first King, then Buller as they went on to battle closely over the final half of the race, with King narrowly holding off the Fortec man's challenge, crossing the line just 0.5s ahead.
Behind them Giovinazzi held on to take his second podium of the season, ahead of team-mates Calderon and Gelael. Jann Mardenborough struggled in his Volkswagen-powered Carlin-Dallara after his earlier incident in race one, the Nissan GT Academy star is confident the car will be back to it's best for tomorrow's third and final race of the weekend.
Felipe Guimaraes had a lonely race after starting from the back of the grid. Having battled through the National Class entrants, the Brazilian set about chasing after Mardenborough's Carlin machine, but he didn't make the inroads he would've liked into his International Class rival.
For the second time today CF Racing's Sun Zheng won the National Class with a storming drive after an early off at Poulon. The Chinese driver first got past pole-sitter Chris Vlok, before a more taxing scrap with Vlok's West-Tec team-mate Jordan Oon. Once past Oon, Zheng marched into the distance, taking the flag eleven seconds ahead of the West-Tec pair.
Jordan King, Carlin - Dallara - Volkswagen (International Class Winner)
"Starting seventh it was a bit crazy at the first corner. I got through the field and got into field, then second not as soon as I'd like, and then got an opportunity for the lead which I took. I don't know if Will and I had different downforce, but it was so hard to pull away from him, so on a few ocassions I had to just park it on the apex. I'd pull away and he was straight back onto me. I knew he'd have a go on the last lap and I think we did touch, I had to go defensive, but it was fine and off we went. A second win, we're moving forward."
Sun Zheng, CF Racing - Dallara - NBE (National Class Winner)
"The start was okay, but I struggled with the International class cars, I couldn't see and I went off at Poulon. I rejoined last, but my speed was good. I had a few fights, but it was nice to get back ahead and take another win. Hopefully tomorrow holds another win!"
Cooper Tires British F3 International Series Spa-Francorchamps
Spa-Francorchamps Circuit, 4.35-mile, 20-turn race circuit, Francorchamps, Belgium
July 25th July 27th, 2013
British F3 International Series: Round #2 of 4
Race Duration: 3 x 30 minutes
British F3 TV Broadcast:
Motors TV: LIVE, Saturday July 27th 11:30 (Race 3)
Channel 4: Highlights, Saturday August 3rd 07:00
Motors TV: Highlights, Saturday August 3rd 21:00
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Schedule (All times CET):
Thursday July 25th 2013:
Free Practice 1: 11:25 - 12:00
Free Practice 2: 14:55 15:30
Qualifying: 17:30 18:00
Friday July 26th 2013:
Race 1: 10:10 10:40
Race 2: 13:30 14:00
Saturday, July 27, 2013:
Race 3: 11:50 12:20
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