Spa European F3: Jake Dennis wins race marred by huge crashes

Jake Dennis won the second race of the Spa Formula 3 European Championship weekend, which was marred by a return of the chaos that afflicted the last round at Monza

Spa European F3: Jake Dennis wins race marred by huge crashes

The Briton was running fourth when a ridiculous move from Lance Stroll took Stroll, Felix Rosenqvist and Mikkel Jensen out of the race as they ran three abreast towards Les Combes.

Ferrari protege Stroll had attempted to take the lead from poleman Jensen into Les Combes on the first lap, but the duo ran side by side through the right-handed element before Jensen ran off track at the left-hander to stay in front.

Canadian Stroll then made a move stick into Les Combes on the third lap, while simultaneously Rosenqvist passed Dennis for third.

Towards the end of the fourth lap the race went under the safety car after Kang Ling had harpooned Julio Moreno at the Bus Stop, flying up onto two wheels as Tatiana Calderon was left with nowhere to go and hit Moreno.

At the restart, Jensen got a run on Stroll up the Kemmel straight, while Rosenqvist drafted both to swing to the left.

Stroll then chopped brusquely across on Jensen, who was roughly half a car length back, and Jensen in turn was pushed into Rosenqvist, who was launched with broken suspension into a scary accident along the barriers.

Dennis inherited the lead, and after the second safety car was beginning to struggle on four old tyres as Santino Ferrucci - using four new Hankooks - pursued him, but the Prema Powerteam man's win was secured by the final caution.

Brandon Maisano, running fourth, moved across to defend from Gustavo Menezes on the Kemmel straight. Menezes clipped the rear of Maisano and was launched into a frightening backwards flip, skating inverted to Les Combes.

Marshals lifted the car onto two wheels, and then haplessly let it crash to the ground before Menezes - thankfully unharmed - was able to clamber out. With the rollhoop broken, the car took a long while to remove and the race ran to its end under caution.

"I made a risky manoeuvre on Felix and Brandon on the first lap [to go from fifth to third], but being team-mates we gave each other respect,' said Dennis.

"It was a pretty solid race to be fair - I just managed to get it home on the old tyres; I was happy to see the safety car!'

Motopark rookie Sergio Sette Camara, hitherto without points, took a surprise third place behind the Mucke Motorsport car of Ferrucci, who like the Brazilian is a fresh face to the podium.

Maisano survived to finish fourth ahead of fellow Frenchman and maiden points scorer Dorian Boccolacci, with series leader Charles Leclerc sixth from Maximilian Gunther, Raoul Hyman (from 24th on the grid), Antonio Giovinazzi and Alessio Lorandi.

RESULTS - 12 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 36m05.200s
2 Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 0.711s
3 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1.056s
4 Brandon Maisano Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1.853s
5 Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 2.393s
6 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 3.397s
7 Maximilian Guenther KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 3.849s
8 Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 4.250s
9 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 4.786s
10 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 5.340s
11 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 6.127s
12 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 7.043s
13 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 8.163s
14 Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 9.226s
15 Fabian Schiller Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 11.086s
16 Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 11.651s
17 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 13.973s
18 Sam MacLeod Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 14.240s
19 Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 16.170s
20 Martin Cao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 16.407s
21 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 17.733s
22 Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 18.582s
23 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 20.145s
24 Michele Beretta KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 21.649s
25 Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 23.269s
26 Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 25.487s
27 Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 27.202s
28 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 29.397s
- Gustavo Menezes Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen Retirement
- Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes Retirement
- Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes Retirement
- Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes Retirement
- Kang Ling KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes Retirement


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