Roberto Merhi dominates British Formula 3 race three at Spa

Roberto Merhi completed an impressive double by dominating the 40-minute British Formula 3 feature race at Spa

Roberto Merhi dominates British Formula 3 race three at Spa

In similar fashion to his race one triumph, the Spaniard converted pole position into an immediate lead, before drawing inexorably away from the field.

The Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes driver pulled away at over a second a lap to beat Euro Series and FIA F3 International Trophy rival Marco Wittmann (Signature) by just under 24 seconds after 17 laps of the Belgian Grand Prix circuit.

The German was chased home by top British runner Will Buller. The Fortec driver started fifth and lost out to Signature's Laurens Vanthoor initially, but gained a place back when the Belgian's team-mate Carlos Munoz spun.

Buller then fought back impressively to overhaul Double R's Marko Asmer and Vanthoor to fill the overall podium.

Home hero Vanthoor tracked Buller home in fourth, while front row starter Asmer eventually wound up sixth after being further demoted by Merhi's Prema team-mate Raffaele Marciello.

Behind the Italian F3 racer, British F3 championship leader Felipe Nasr won a thrilling five-car battle for seventh.

Carlin team-mate Jack Harvey held the place early on, but Nasr fought his way up from 18th on the grid and swapped places with the Racing Steps Foundation-backed rookie, before finally getting the better of him on the penultimate lap.

Kevin Magnussen (up from 15th on the grid) swept around the outside of Harvey at the same moment on the approach to Les Combes and the Briton lost a further place to team-mate Carlos Huertas on the final lap.

Fortec's Lucas Foresti had challenged Harvey for seventh in the early stages, but trailed home 11th after getting jumped by Nasr, Magnussen (who is under investigation by officials for corner-cutting) and Huertas in the second half of the race.

Results - 17 laps: Pos Driver Team Car Time/Gap 1. Roberto Merhi Prema Dallara-Merc 38m06.645s 2. Marco Wittmann Signature Dallara-VW + 23.298s 3. Will Buller Fortec Dallara-Merc + 25.355s 4. Laurens Vanthoor Signature Dallara-VW + 27.203s 5. Raffaelle Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc + 28.451s 6. Marko Asmer Double R Dallara-Merc + 32.708s 7. Felipe Nasr Carlin Dallara-VW + 34.110s 8. Kevin Magnussen Carlin Dallara-VW + 35.399s 9. Carlos Huertas Carlin Dallara-VW + 36.663s 10. Jack Harvey Carlin Dallara-VW + 38.405s 11. Lucas Foresti Fortec Dallara-Merc + 38.881s 12. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin Dallara-VW + 39.279s 13. Daniel Abt Signature Dallara-VW + 47.520s 14. Rupert Svendsen-Cook Carlin Dallara-VW + 50.638s 15. Scott Pye Double R Dallara-Merc + 53.164s 16. Pietro Fantin Hitech Dallara-VW + 57.237s 17. Harry Tincknell Fortec Dallara-Merc + 1m02.012s 18. Bart Hylkema T-Sport Dallara-VW + 1m11.807s 19. Fahmi Ilyas Fortec Dallara-Merc + 1m12.811s 20. Menasheh Idafar T-Sport Dallara-VW + 1m23.129s 21. Yann Cunha T-Sport Dallara-VW + 1m26.350s 22. Kotaro Sakurai Hitech Dallara-Mugen + 1m42.373s 23. Adderly Fong Sino Vision Dallara-Merc + 1 lap Retirements: Carlos Munoz Signature Dallara-VW 10 laps Daniel Juncadella Prema Dallara-Merc 6 laps Pipo Derani Double R Dallara-Merc 5 laps Hannes van Asseldonk Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 1 lap Hywel Lloyd Sino Vision Dallara-Merc 0 laps 
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