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Buurman grabs dramatic win

Yelmer Buurman scored a thrilling last lap victory for Fortec Motorsport at a wet Spa-Franchorchamps today

The Dutch rookie driver snatched the win from Maro Engel - another driver who was looking for his first win in the championship - at the Bus Stop on the final lap.

The win means the end of the Double R and Carlin Motorsport monopoly on 2006 victories.

Engel led all the way from pole position but the track got wetter throughout and Buurman, renowned for his rain skills, caught the German just in time. It was not so much a pass as an error from Engel, who ran deep under braking, and couldn't stop Buurman driving around the outside of the right-hander.

These two ran the full distance on slicks, but those drivers who elected to start from the pits on wet tyres almost hauled them in.

Bruno Senna's Double R car was the first of these in third, having forced a similar error from Oliver Jarvis just moments after Engel's slip.

Championship leader Mike Conway also profited from this and took some decent points for fourth place.

The second race of the weekend is being held tomorrow morning.

Results

Pos  Driver                Make                                Time
 1.  Yelmer Buurman        Dallara F306 Mercedes HWA      31:22.800
 2.  Maro Engel            Dallara F306 Mugen-Honda      +    0.472
 3.  Bruno Senna           Dallara F306 Mercedes HWA     +    6.938
 4.  Mike Conway           Dallara F306 Mercedes HWA     +    8.398
 5.  Oliver Jarvis         Dallara F306 Mugen-Honda      +    9.647
 6.  James Walker          Dallara F306 Mercedes HWA     +   12.814
 7.  Christian Bakkerud    Dallara F306 Mugen-Honda      +   18.763
 8.  James Jakes           Dallara F306 Mercedes HWA     +   22.031
 9.  Jonathan Kennard      Dallara F306 Mugen-Honda      +   27.301
10.  Karl Reindler         Dallara F306 Mugen-Honda      +   34.939
11.  Stephen Jelley        Dallara F306 Mercedes HWA     +   36.201
12.  Keiko Ihara           Dallara F306 Mugen-Honda      +   46.311
13.  Salvador Duran        Dallara F306 Mercedes HWA     +   50.959
14.  Rodolfo Gonzalez      Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      +   55.928
15.  Mario Moraes          Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      + 1:06.273
16.  Cristiano Morgado     Lola-Dome F106/4 Mugen-Honda  + 1:14.168
17.  Juho Annala           Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      + 1:49.990
18.  Basil Shaaban         Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      + 2:01.789
19.  Martin Kudzak         Lola-Dome F106/4 Mugen-Honda  + 2:14.052
20.  Rodolfo Avila         Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      + 2:15.320
21.  Ricardo Teixeira      Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      + 2:31.291

Not Classified

     Alberto Valerio       Dallara F306 Mugen-Honda      D.N.F.
     Alexander Khateeb     Lola B05-30 Mugen-Honda       D.N.F.

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