Tyre gamble earns Tambay Spa victory

Adrien Tambay produced a great drive on slick tyres to win today's second GP3 race despite damp conditions at Spa-Francorchamps

Tyre gamble earns Tambay Spa victory

When a shower hit the circuit mid-way through the race, the Manor driver - who started the race 27th - elected to stay out on his dry-weather tyres as everyone else pitted, thus earning himself a lead of over 10 seconds.

Those who had pitted quickly reeled him in and were on his tail with three laps to go, but by that stage the circuit was drying and thus coming to Tambay.

Wet-shod Nico Muller (Jenzer) kept the pressure on Tambay, however, as there was very little in it between slicks and wets in the closing stages. Alex Rossi (ART) took over second place on the penultimate lap, but he too could not find a way past the determined Tambay.

Neither Esteban Gutierrez (ART) nor Robert Wickens (Status) scored points today, so Wickens retains a slim chance of taking the title at Monza in two weeks.

 Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Adrien Tambay Manor 30m11.408s 2. Alexander Rossi ART +0.445 3. Miki Monras MW Arden +1.203 4. Dean Smith Carlin +2.788 5. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Manor +3.107 6. Nico Muller Jenzer +6.131 7. Esteban Gutierrez ART +12.160 8. Tobias Hegewald Mucke +13.837 9. Felipe Guimaraes Addax +18.197 10. Oliver Oakes Atech CRS +19.794 11. Robert Wickens Status +25.499 12. Antonio Felix da Costa Carlin +29.444 13. Ivan Lukashevich Status +34.677 14. Mirko Bortolotti Addax +39.355 15. Nigel Melker Mucke +50.443 16. Daniel Morad Status +57.444 17. Pal Varhaug Jenzer +1:08.290 18. Rio Haryanto Manor +1:19.228 19. Pedro Nunes ART +1:28.189 20. Doru Sechelariu Tech 1 +1:40.900 21. Josef Newgarden Carlin +1:56.218 22. Roberto Merhi Atech CRS +1 lap 23. Michael Christensen MW Arden +1 lap 24. Stefano Coletti Tech 1 +1 lap 25. Pablo Sanchez Addax +1 lap Retirements Dani Juncadella Tech 1 11 laps Simon Trummer Jenzer 5 laps Renger van der Zande Mucke 0 laps Leonardo Cordeiro MW Arden 0 laps Vittorio Ghirelli Atech CRS 0 laps 
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