Vergne completes Spa clean sweep

Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne became the first driver to win all three races in a British Formula 3 race weekend this season when he won the feature race at Spa this afternoon

Vergne completes Spa clean sweep

The Carlin driver started alongside title rival Oliver Webb and slotted into second behind the Fortec machine at the start.

Vergne was quicker than Webb, who defended aggressively on the run from Eau Rouge to Les Combes for the first three laps. On the third attempt Vergne did enough to get alongside, partly on the grass, and showed his displeasure with a hand gesture as he swept into the lead.

Carlin's James Calado was just behind the leading duo and, after being on the receiving end of more robust Webb defending, he made it into second on lap five.

Calado chipped away at Vergne's gap, but the Frenchman always looked in control and took the flag almost four seconds clear.

After fighting his way through a fantastic midfield scrap, Raikkonen Robertson's Carlos Huertas caught Webb. He prodded and probed for several laps before getting alongside on the run to Les Combes with three laps to go.

Again Webb moved across, Huertas held his ground, contact was made and Webb's Fortec machine wiped itself out against the barriers.

As Huertas toured back to the pits, ART's Alexander Sims came through to finish third. He had started 16th but much improved form allowed him to come through the pack, and he just held off Hitech's Gabriel Dias and Raikkonen Robertson's Felipe Nasr to complete the podium.

Pos Driver Team Car Time/Gap 1. Jean-Eric Vergne Carlin D/V 39m05.769s 2. James Calado Carlin D/V + 3.779s 3. Alexander Sims ART D/M + 21.975s 4. Gabriel Dias Hitech D/V + 23.563s 5. Felipe Nasr Raikkonen Robertson D/M + 23.725s 6. Daniel Juncadella Prema D/M + 24.330s 7. Rupert Svendsen-Cook Carlin D/V + 25.090s 8. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin D/V + 27.220s 9. Adriano Buzaid Carlin D/V + 27.305s 10. Daniel McKenzie Fortec D/M + 28.599s 11. Jim Pla ART D/M + 32.695s 12. Hywel Lloyd CF/Manor D/M + 34.041s 13. Jay Bridger Litespeed D/M + 40.874s 14. Nicolas Marroc Prema D/M + 45.021s 15. William Buller Hitech D/V + 47.231s 16. Nathanael Berthon ART D/M + 48.318s 17. Carlos Munoz Mucke D/M + 49.702s 18. Maxim Snegirev Fortec D/M + 1m16.466s 19. James Cole T-Sport D/H + 1m29.491s 20. Menasheh Idafar T-Sport D/H + 1m45.038s 21. Alex Brundle T-Sport D/V + 1 lap Retirements: Carlos Huertas Raikkonen Robertson D/M 15 laps Oliver Webb Fortec D/M 14 laps Lucas Foresti Carlin D/V 4 laps Daisuke Nakajima Raikkonen Robertson D/M 4 laps Adderly Fong Sino Vision D/M 2 laps 
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